Our newsletter is now live. The Druí of Celtic Druid Temple will celebrate the 1st Full Moon of the Celtic New Year with ceremony this Tuesday the 8th of November at 8pm on Tara Co. Meath, at Temple Crom, Co. Roscommon and at 7pm in Vienna, Austria and for a large segment of the earth there will be a visible total lunar eclipse....read about this and our other activites in this month's newsletter at the following link: https://mailchi.mp/baab4f921aef/happy-celtic-new-year-20205598
We get regular questions about how we calculate the timing for the Celtic New Year and for Sun Samhain. The method to determine the Celtic New Year is when the Sun sets with the Dark Moon of Samhain. Scroll back here on fb to read more on this.
Sun Samhain (pics below of 2020, 2021 and 2022) is when the Sun sets with the heliacal setting of one of the 4 royal stars called Antares in Scorpio, we call this star Tlachtga. Tlachtga sets below the western horizon shortly after sunset. This is the last visible setting of the star until next year. This is the "heliacal setting" when the star is at 3* above the horizon and sets after sunset when the Sun is already 7* below ie far enough below the horizon to let the star become visible just before setting. The angle of the star to the horizon enlarges it to make it seem bigger but only for a few seconds - a wink if you like.
Interpolation is a mathematical technique used by those who want to escape the commercial church calendar but have not enough knowledge or awareness of the obvious links of the Eightfold Year to the Zodiac and its four bright stars. This is far too detailed for fb but is a part of our online course at https://www.celticdruidtemple.com/druidschool.html
This year Sun Samhain is on the 2nd of November. Watch out for the bandits who use the catholic calendar and call halloween 'Samhain' and for the interpolators who say Samhain is when the Sun is at 15* of Scorpio because they calculated it with a slide rule and a catholic calendar... Note - there is no visible star at 15* of Scorpio while one of the 4 brightest stars of the Zodiac shines very brightly but briefly on the 2nd of November just after the Sun has set! Do you reckon our ancestors used slide rules, mathematics and calendars that did not exist back then to time their celebrations for the Eightfold Year or do you reckon they looked to the Realm of Sky???
On the 25th of October 2022 we have a very special event because at the setting of the Sun there is an incredible alignment with the sun, mercury, venus and the dark moon just as one of the 4 the royal stars has its heliacal setting. This is the end and start of the Celtic New Year here in Ireland.
To put this fully into perspective it is important for us to know a few things first. This is not a catholic calendar event and it is not an interpolated or mathematically calculated event - this is like what our ancestors saw in the Realm of Sky and used to determine the end and start of their year. Our ancestors saw the start of the day/night cycle as beginning when the Sun would set. Our ancestors also saw the Celtic New Year start when the Sun and the Dark Moon aligned on the day/night that the star Antares (we call Tlachtga) had its heliacal setting. Antares is one of the 4 brightest stars in the belt of the zodiac and these 4 stars form an equal arm cross as part of the eight fold year. All part of the homestudy course details here.
Breaking the above down - Dark Moon = there is a night every moonth when we get to see the last crescent of the Moon and there is also a night two nights later when we get to see the first crescent of the Moon, in-between the last and first crescent we get the Dark Moon, shown as )o( with the circle in black. It is not 'no Moon' it is simply that there is no sunlight reflected to us here on Earth because the Moon is directly in between the Earth and the Sun. So on the nights of the Dark Moons we know that the Earth has the Moon between it and the Sun, on the full Moon however - the Earth is between the Moon and the Sun which fully illuminates the Moon and we get to see it as the Full Moon.
Heliacal setting is an important magical thing that happens at dusk, the special time that is not day and not night, a liminal space where things change in the skies and here on Earth too - the birdsong stops, the temperature drops and we button up our coats... When the Sun has gone over 5* below the horizon and we cannot see it but its beams of light brighten the under cloud space and the royal star Antares (we call Tlachtga) gets to 3* or just above the horizon a special magic happens because the brightness of Tlachtga escapes the glare of the Sun and shines its own light through to us. It is a brief event but it is spectacular! The curvature of the atmosphere (meaning vapour ball) magnifies this and enlarges the star even more so it seems to get bigger as it shines its light to us before it too goes into the underworld. This is a 'unaided eye' visual experience that happens ever year even if cloud cover hides it from us. Recap - the Sun sets with the Dark Moon inside its inner circle and shortly after this the royal star becomes visible and gets bigger before it too goes into the underworld. But this Celtic New Year is even more fantastic than usual because the fast moving planets Mercury and Venus are also between the Sun and Earth as they set with the Dark Moon! That is two planets: Mercury and Venus with the Moon setting inside the Sun's circle and shortly afterwards the royal star Tlachtga gets brighter and bigger shining its own light briefly to us here on the third rock from the Sun before it too goes to the underworld.
Look south west at dusk, choose a high place with little or no light pollution, wrap up with a warm coat, scarf and hat and honour the Celtic New Year just as our ancestors did. Remember, if you are in the right place at the right time looking in the right direction calling on the right energy then maybe, just maybe there is a chance you could be heard.
Happy Celtic New Year to everyone on a Celtic Path.
/i\ Con 17/10/2022.
Our newsletter is now live, included in this moonth is an invitation to our full moon ceremony on the 9th and information about our upcoming samhain celebrations including how we time our celebrations with the Moon the Sun and a star called Tlachtga. Con has also made a video about his new book....the full newsletter is in the link:
In this moonth's newsletter we look at the timing of the Autumn Equinox and why its important to watch the movements of the moon, sun, stars and planets. We also invite you to join us in Full Moon ceremony, a tradition within our group which has been ongoing now for almost 20 years! We also look at whats going on in our woodland nursery and why its important to make space for trees to grow. We share the great news that Con's book has gone into it's second round of printing! There's also a special event taking place int he sky at the Autumn Equinox - find out more at this link.
Hi to all our members and friends and welcome to our new subscribers. The Druí of Celtic Druid Temple will celebrate the Full Moon with ceremony this Friday the 12th of August at 8pm at Tara, Temple Crom and at 7pm in Vienna, Austria. You can read more about joining our Full Moon ceremony on our website here. Con's first book has arrived from the printers and there are only two (out of four) places remaining for the workshop at the end of this month. We are also now hosting tours of Celtic Druid Temple until the Autumn Equinox. All the details including how to book are in the main body of this newsletter at this link.
Your Celtic Path, a seekers guide - a new book of guidance written in OgamNua is now in stock. First batch of pre ordered books are now in the post. Two places are still available on the Weekend Course dates 26, 27 and 28 August 2022. More info on how to order your copy of the book and to book your place on the weekend here
Happy Lughnasa weekend - on Tuesday 2nd of August just a few moments after the Sun has set the bright star we call Shalinnis in Lugh (Regulus in Leo) will grow huge as it briefly appears to our view - then it will go below the horizon. This is the timing for the high day/night of Lughnasa season of the Eightfold Year.
Do not be fooled into celebrating our ancient Tuatha De Dannan festivals on the relatively modern (16c) Gregorian catholic calendar.
Reclaim your heritage and celebrate Lughnasa by sharing your harvest - whatever that may be. If you can, without looking at the Sun, watch the horizon and see if Lugh winks at you. Blessings of the old gods to all. Image set as if viewed from Tara.
Con’s first book “Your Celtic Path, a seekers guide” is ready and the first delivery from the printers is expected by July’s Full Moon. Over 400 pages written in OgamNua offering guidance, teachings and inspiritation to all seekers of the Celtic Path. The first 40 pages tells the story of the creation of Ogam/Ogham by Ogma of the Tuatha Dé Danann and undoes the fake Ogham of the church and Graves etc., in a ‘step by step’ process so that we can clearly see exactly what they did. This allows us to fully dismiss their fake versions as we reverse their cultural misappropriation and restore our indigenous Irish linear script tradition. Owners of “Your Celtic Path, a seekers guide” will learn how to read and write in OgamNua and as they translate the OgamNua message into English: readers will gain access to the wisdom shared.
You can pre-order your copy or multiple copies of the book -
“Your Celtic Path, a seekers guide” directly from us. If you would like a personal or gift dedication handwritten in OgamNua by the author please let us know what you want written in OgamNua in advance (max 10 words).
“Your Celtic Path, a seekers guide”
Incl p+p to anywhere in the world. ORDER HERE
“Your Celtic Path, a seekers guide” course dates are 26, 27 and 28 August.
We are hosting one weekend experience here at the Celtic Druid Temple to train seekers to do this translation work and to embrace the guidance, teachings and inspiration that have been coded into this unique book written in Ogam. Spend the weekend in the tranquil surrounds of Temple Crom learning how to transcribe and transliterate OghamNua in to English and back again if needed.
“Your Celtic Path, a seekers guide” course dates are 26, 27 and 28 August.
Participants will arrive Friday evening before 9pm and leave by 4pm on Sunday. Course fee includes all food and accommodation, slide show and lecture followed by learning the method of translating and reading and writing in OgamNua, a signed copy of the book and a lined A4 pad for transcription and translation. “Your Celtic Path, a seekers guide” course dates are 26, 27 and 28 August, arrive Friday evening before 9pm and leave by 4pm on Sunday. Course fee includes all food and accommodation, slide show and lecture followed by learning the method of translating and reading and writing in OgamNua, a signed copy of the book and a lined A4 pad for transcription and translation.Course fee €380.
Note - 4 places only with 3 still available BOOK HERE
Our July Full Moon newsletter has been sent to all our members, friends and subscribers. You can read the full content at the following link:
Our moonthly newsletter is now live. Included in the newsletter is an invitation to join us for Full Moon Cermeony on the 14th as well as an informative piece about the display of planets taking place on the morning of the 15th. We've shared info about our upcoming activites, a sacred fire workshop on the 18th and a pilgrimage to Croagh Crom on the 19th, read all this and more at the following link: mailchi.mp/b6499ce6a050/junefullmoon-20187301