On the morning of the Solstice we gathered at Temple Crom here in Roscommon, we did our morning energetic exercises and became focused on the day ahead. We travelled together by bus to Croagh Crom. During the trip we could see Crom from the distance, with just the very tip of the cone shrouded in clouds.
We took some time to stand in circle and listen to the Sky Larks, feel the breeze and become fully present, we walked through the first couple of fields, then stood together looking out to the view. One of our members played the bodhrán, keeping us focused.
Our two youngest members on the day, carried Crom Óg up the mountain.
After a unique and beautiful Solstice Ceremony we went to work tending to the Stone Crom, collecting rocks to widen and lengthen the Serpent on the mountain.
After this shot we took our time travelling back down the mountain, which required a different sort of focus, complete attention paid to each step on the constantly moving scree.
We travelled back to Temple Crom and enjoyed a meal together, the camera's were well forgotten at that stage but I can give you a mental picture; of a group of happy Pilgrims sitting in a marquee, on the West side of the main building, on timber plank seats around a table laden with food, faces a glow from wind and sun....................
Would you like to hear a story? This is a story that came to me one day whilst standing in the rain enjoying the drops falling on my face. I went into a sort of trance and started whispering words that turned into a story that was told through me from start to finish. It's a sad story, it's a very sad story, it's also a long story, are you sure you want to hear it? It's about Gods from along time ago and how they became Dragons. The good part is, even though it's a sad story there is still a chance for it to change, if you want it to. Here's my story:
The reasons can be many and are always unique to you. It is a journey, a physical walk with an intention of spirit. Only you can prepare for this journey. Our overall theme for the weekend is to celebrate the Summer Solstice and our connection to the cycles of time. We will honour Crom and Corra on our journey and in our ceremonies.
Like most journeys, some preparation is needed. On the most basic level, you'll need sturdy walking boots, appropriate clothing i.e. layers and a rain coat. Maybe you'd like to bring a walking stick or staff. I have been crafting my own staff in preparation for my pilgrimage to Crom. This has been a focusing tool for me. I have formally introduced my staff to two of three realms and when I take the mountain path to the sky realm I will introduce my staff to the wonders of Sky. The walk will be a powerful experience for you if you prepare and become really clear on your intentions. Perhaps you wish to express gratitude, celebrate your connection to Spirit, declare love.......
Limited Places Available - Booking in Advance is Required
Join us on a one day pilgrimage to Croagh Crom, Ireland's Holy mountain aka The Reek in a celebration of the Summer Solstice on Saturday 21st of June 2014. Féile Crom (Festival of Crom) will be a very special experience for all who attend. This Celtic Pagan event will be an empowering connection for all Pilgrims who honour the most ancient Gods of this land.
Starting on the evening of June 20th, we will stay over night in our medieval campsite. On the day of the 21st there will be the option to travel to Croagh Crom and hike the southern slope with Niamh and the Druí from the Celtic Druid Temple and to join in our midday ceremony. Those who stay at the Temple here will also hold a midday ceremony. At the Temple - Our wooden Crom will be turned to follow the Sun as it transverses the sky from east to west.
On the holy mountain last summer solstice we began to recreate a stone Crom - join us this year as we extend the stones to be an even bigger stone built Crom.
We are offering camping space at 10euros per night, this also includes dinner. You will need to provide your own breakfast and lunch. Toilets are available on site. We will have a logfire in our wooden roundhouse Temple Crom each evening. Please bring your own tent. We are offering volunteer opportunities from Monday the 17th of June to and including Saturday 21st. A contribution of E20 for hiring of a bus and driver will also be asked for. To book you place in any of these activities see buttons below - first you need to be or become a member of Celtic Druid Temple.