Venues of celebrations and meditations held by Tara Celebrations. Although all of earth is sacred there are places that lend themselves to ceremonies more than…
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Solstice lasts for about 5 days... and over that period sunrise in Dublin area is around 4.57am and sunset 21.57 (9.57pm). On the June solstice, the sun reaches it's northernmost point and the Earth’s North Pole tilts directly towards it, at about 23.4 degrees. The light of the sun on the wheel of the year stands in the mid-point, before moving into the Darkening. This is the time of the longest day - full of light and shadow.
2019 - Light - Dalgan Park
2019 - Light - Dalgan Park A lovely day yesterday in Dalgan Park for Beltane. The theme was Light. We gathered together at the carpark. Abundance, love, accepting, gratitude, peace, joy, fun, light, happy awareness, live, and keeping it simple, were some of the words shared yesterday as we walked in silent mediation, using the senses as we went into the woods.
Magic of the Land
Hi Everyone. Welcome to the Magic of the Land and some rare moments I'm sure you have all experienced at some stage of your life. It was sparked off for me when I saw a photo of a white rainbow taken over the Scottish moor 22nd of November 2016. Melvin Nicholson was out on the moor south of Glen Coe on Sunday when the unbelievably beautiful white rainbow appeared.
Genus Loci - A Practical Dialogue
Acknowledgement Each place has a unique quality and energy and it will always be surrounded by local legends and folklore. Depending on our cultural background, on our own experience and whether we operate from our emotional, physical or mental body we have different ways of noticing the Sense of Space, Spirit of Place and / or Genus Loci.
At a Tara Celebrations get-together, or when we visit Tara on our own, one particular bird often shows up.... and appears to join in with us.... Quotes taken from our archives of pre 2018 celebrations Samhain 2008 - Tara. The black crows circled as we circled... and summer turned to winter in the season of samhain... Winter Solstice 2017 - Tara. Crow takes up a high vantage place on Patrick's head.
How is the genus loci recognised as our multi-sensory world awakens in the rebirth of the land at Springtime? In attentive observation, when walking and sitting, humans imagine the ephemeral qualities of place into more anthropomorphic forms. Understanding of energies, arises through story, poetry, and every rock, tree and spring gains an identifiable spirit, which can then be named and assigned a personality. In Ireland the 'feeling' or 'spirit' is transferred into the story of the place... Ire
In Commonly Asked Questions we refer to the genus loci or spirit of place and suggest before a ceremony we would ask if it would be willing to welcome us. Who do we mean by this? The Genus Loci is a Latin phrase originating in the old Roman belief that every place had a protective spirit or deity. This is an expression of the essence of the place. Yet, the understanding that every place has a guardian or energy / essence connected to it is not just Roman.
Mandalas in the Landscape
Mandala means ‘circle’ and represents wholeness, symbolising that life is never ending. The circle being endless represented in Pagan beliefs and practises. The Wheel of The Year, Pentacle, Brigid’s Cross, etc. They appear in many of the world’s other religions having a spiritual significance and are used for meditation purposes allowing the individual to become at one with the universe. Probably not attainable for the majority of us!
Site of the first Halloween Bonfire? Hill of Ward aka Tlachtga
Site of the first Halloween Bonfire? Hill of Ward aka Tlachtga During a three year archaeological dig at the Hill - ending 2016 - they found evidence of intense burning, likely to have been caused by a huge bonfire dating to around AD 500.
Loughcrew, near Oldcastle in Co. Meath
Thanks to the OPW for this photo of Autumn Equinox sunrise 2019. In the 1980's Martin Brennan discovered that Cairn T receives light from the rising sun on the spring and autumnal equinox - a beam shining down the passageway and illuminating the rock art on the backstone. Loughcrew near Oldcastle in Co. Meath, aka Sliabh na Cailleach, the Mountains of the Hag / Witch / Wisewoman / Crone. A large complex of chambered cairns spread across the hilltops many up to 5000 years old.
St Ciaran's Well, Castlekeeran, Co. Meath
There is a large stone Oratoryon the top of the hill, erected in 1913, looking down on the limestone pavement and well. The waters at Ciaran'sWell carry special healing powers, the water in one of the pools is said to have been the cure of headaches, toothaches and sorethroats. Bathing feet in the tiny stream that flows from the well is said to preserve them from soreness during the coming year and healing of warts. Within the rocks is a chair shaped depression that is said to have the impres