About Tadhg

I am a latter-day Celt, a Druidic-Christian Minister, and an Anamcara. [Gaelic for 'soul friend'] living in Capel Curig in Wales, and London. I organise one-to-one sessions ('in person', or via Skype, Whatsap etc wherever you are) and workshops for: - archetypal mapping - imaginal/liminal emcouters - kataphatic meditation - apophatic meditation - angelic encounters - caim/circle events I organise group events: I also an inclusive, independent priest (having graduated from the London School Of Theology) and a ceremonialist, leading events from baby-blessing and naming ceremonies to handfasting to unfastening to transition ceremonies for people and animals, and I organise group/open rituals and ceremonies for special events, seasons, feast days etc. I am fascinated by 'thin places', those intersections of time and space, places of power and potential, where The Other seems palpable. I love the great outdoors, am an amateur astronomer, an avid reader, a writer of poetry and prose; and as a sociable guy would really like to hear from you. Namaste.

Creiddylad from Moon’s Poem: Poem, Liturgy Etc

A poem or liturgy etc for the July Full moon on 24 July 2021.

The sky is dark,
the stars are bright,
and the elements and angels call us,
in all humanity, in all humanity.

The full moon,
as Creiddylad* from Wales,
is the daughter of Flowers and Love,
as golden glowing and moon-flows more.

The clouds are high,
or even seen invisibly,
as Jericho makes the moon.
as Hebrew sees one
clear as wonderful.

(*Creiddylad she sounds as pronounced by cree-THIL-ahd).
Tadhg Jonathan © Copyright 2021 poem

Gŵyl Awst (Harvest): Song (Reviewed) And More

Sunday, 1 August is near. Indeed, the first harvest is close upon us (for though who live in the northern hemisphere), and it will be soon for the barley or corn, or similar. 

Here is:

  • where harvest is called different names, and
  • where bread can be use, and
  • ‘Hymn By Harvest‘ song by Tadhg.

NAMES: Many called it as Lammas (as, ‘lamm-mass’), as ancient English Saxon’s and early English churches called it the festival of Hlaef-mass, meaning ‘loaf mass’. 

In Welsh, it is called as Gwyl Awst, (as ‘gwil oust’), and it’s translated as ‘the feast of August’.

And others call is as Lughnasadh (as ‘Loo-nah-sah’), as the festival of the sun god Lugh, who is called the ‘Skilful Hand’.

BREAD(S): To use for the liturgy or celebration as the bread (from a good baker), as  perhaps you might try Barmbrack which is lovely,  or you might try  Sourdough, or a small other amount for yourself. 

My grandmother, a great one for making home-made food would, especially at this time, make bara brith – Welsh for ‘speckled bread’. It’s similar to the Irish loaf, barmbrack, which is also delicious.

Oh, bara brith was my favourite type of bread as a child. It’s a cross between bread and cake! The smell of baking bread over the hearth in her north Wales county cottage was heavenly, so inviting, and so scrumptious. I can still remember the smell of that baked bread wafting up my nostrils, and my stomach rumbling in anticipation.

If you use bread and use liturgy or celebration then you might to add words and poems, or water, juice or wine for a small event.

SONG: HYMN FOR HARVEST

Lord of the harvest we come to you,
we thank you for the ripened grain.
(for) the circle turning year by year.

Great provider of all humankind,
we thank you for the sun and wind,
the earth and all life-giving rain.

Surely, surely, you are good,
The God of Green Hope, good to all.
The Sacred Three, The Three in One.

Nature once in vernal green enrobed,
gives up its bounty, gifts for all.
(and) prepares to sleep as autumn comes.

On our table you supply our bread,
We share with all, for all to be fed,
And joy in our heart at what shall be.

Surely, surely, you are good,
The God of Green Hope, good to all.
The Sacred Three, The Three in One.

To get an idea of how the words above fit the Gaelic, traditional folk tune Siuil a Ruin, please click the link here. That recording plays a little preamble introduction and then after about 16 seconds two verses are played of that folk song, followed by a chorus, and the tune exactly fits the first two verses and chorus of the words above. Simple! I hope. Any queries, please contact me (and yes, I might even sing it for you).

Tadhg Jonathan © Copyright song.
To the ancient Celtic folk tune of Siuil a Ruin (see below).
‘Green hope’ a Romans 15:13, ‘The Message’, The Book, reference.

Mam Tor: Knowing The Spirituality Of Mam Tor Wherever You Are

Have you been to this (type of) ancient Celt way, have you been there over this place as I had three years or close. 

Mam Tor, is called ‘the mother hill’.

Or, perhaps, even now, you can close your eyes, so that you can imagine this high hill. Yes, Mam Tor, ‘the mother hill’ calls to each person that knows spirituality of her to us, and of our life to her.

The hill is 517m (1,696ft) – a photo taken by me, seen above – and it’s near from Castleton, part of the High Peak at Derbyshire. Wonderful peaks. It is encircled by ancients who, knew it some 1200BC. Through many countries in the world some  hills were showed to be breast-shaped hill – and this hill was known as a breast-shaped when called Mam Tor. My photo taken above.

Mam Tor, is called ‘the mother hill’.

Three years ago I wrote, ‘The wind picked up and it was if I could hear the voices of the Ancients, those Celts who had lived here, Druids who had performed their rituals and others calling out in affirmation.’

About three years ago, and for a few minutes I closed my eyes and asked Mam Tor to speak to me. I would ask you to do the same. Ask for Mam Tor to speak to us or perhaps for us to be quiet as Mam Tor is silent to us. Wherever you are, Mam Tor is wonderful. It can open you, if your wish so. 

I would encourage you to give thankyou to Mam Tor, as you open your eyes.

Mam Tor, is called ‘the mother hill’.

Eightfold Wheel: Celtic & Welsh #3 Word Search


How about finding of the eight wheel calendar and fun
How about finding of the eight wheel calendar, found a little of Welsh words, and have it in a fun way, and find it more a way to know

Yes, it’s a way to do two things well – here is a way of having the words search as a good and fun way, but here is a way to find out the eight wheel, and the Celtic, Welsh people and ancient, and English people.

Word Search Puzzle #3: Eightfold Wheel: Celtic & DruidEnglish & Welsh
Okay, here’s some word searches you need to find in the squares, and the words, below, add the Welsh here, and the English words.

imbolc
candlemas

springeequinox
albaneilir

betane
maypoles

summersolstice
albanhehin

lugdnasadh
barleyharvest

autumnalequinox
albanelfed

samhain
halloween

wintersolstice
albanarthan

July’s Moon (Poem): North And South: Ephemera

The July new moon is due tomorrow, 10 July, and the full moon will be due on Saturday, 24 July, 2021. For Celtic, Druids, and other Faiths isn’t it awesome to think of the new or full moon, soon?

The full moon is always wondered to me (both the new moon finds wonderful, too), and a poem (or liturgy) for the full moon follows, now, tonight, and it affects both hemispheres, too.

The first verse is our July poem from ‘Moonemclature (sp)’ of 8 July, 2020, but other verses include other words..

The July Full Moon

We celebrate midsummer, Oh Moon of Corn,
that from darkness, you are now full-born. 
Around us mirth and joy is heard, 
You light the world by the Creator’s word.

Teach us to listen and observe.
to nature’s wisdom, to love all, and all to serve.

We remember those who are loved ones of the Southern Hemisphere,
who see also the Wolf Moon, or the Ice Moon,
and the Ice Winter and the Old Moon.
Yet it changes the world, and we all see the Creator’s word
.

May we take the stormy clouds and cold weather,
as we know the nature’s balance all around us
.

In July’s full moon, it is so light, above us,
and the sky is darkness beyond the cloud.
And, yet it shows us that Arianrhod
is divine light.

Arianrhod loves us,
and may we love Arianrhod, and love each other.


Imaginal Realm For Spirituality 1: Liminal Forest


Is spirituality affect you?

Does the imaginal realm feel good at you at a forest, or when at you’re at home?

Do you have a special evening to open time to bring an important way forward?

Today I wanted to put forward an evening, an event?

Sometimes made me feel as though I was was of a forest, but I was at home, I was at home in my living room, on a coma, at when late at home, last evening. As I closed my eyes it felt that a spiritually, a time, was necessary. Sometimes the feel might be open slowly outline about me or someone else, but today the feel that there was a specific time set aside about me, and for a word of poetry was needed.

And the imaginal realm can be part of a animal, an elemental, a god or goddess, or another something that brings to me, or does that affect, yours.

“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning”. Gloria Steinem

An imaginal realm can work in a different way. This was about three ways. There are different ways to use realms different, and here is one way that cards, or animal spirit cards, can change different ways. Sometimes cards for the realms might affect animals for seven ways, or five ways, or two etc. This was made for three animals.

In this way some might ask about what – see below:

  • (1) about the nourish of your soul and it’s activity
  • (2) see your jobs divine authenticity
  • (3) to be aware of your neutral observations.

And so, I spent some time on the soma, and with my eyes closed I asked for sometime that might affect the beginning of a poem to me.

I sat quietly, and closed my eyes. I waited slowly. I imaged I was at home, in living room. As I sat on the sofa, I imagined over a few minutes to beginning a poet.

“Children see magic because they look for it.” – Christopher Moore

After a few minutes, I opened by eyes, talked at the animal spirit cards, and took through the cards. I put the first card at the top, as it was to be the open first animal, and then after it I put the next second animal after it, and then the next third one. I closed my eyes.

My eyes were closed, I imagined myself on my living rooms sofa. In my words I wrote the needs.

I would like to need to start the beginning of a poem.

The need sometimes, affected me or someone else at previous times, but asking for at beginning of a time for my poem was important.

I looked at the living room. In my eyes I looked at my sofa, and I imagined at the rest of the room. Each looked everywhere when it looked around me, but I asked for a liminal forest – something that I usual like.

I saw a door at my living room, a new one. A half-opened door looked. As I walked slowly go to it, I could see a forest behind. I moved beyond the door, and I saw an opened forest, and I walked on. After a minute I saw something – a bench to sit on.

I opened my eyes just a few seconds, and wrote the first card, the one at the first at the top.

I looked at the cow spirit animal, and a few minutes later I closed my eyes.

I closed my eyes to cow spirit, loved the cows reverence, and liked asked it.

The cow spirit spoke: work like a cow feeding food do work effort without. Time can be added, slowly, in good action a with contentment.

Over the next minutes the wonderful cow spoke of how I should use be generous not to expand words.

As the cow spirit animal moved away, I sent some thanks, and waited for a second.

I opened my eyes just a few seconds, and wrote the second card, the one at the next at the top.

I opened my eyes at a noble lion spirit animal. I saw the card for a few seconds, and then closed my eyes.

I closed my eyes to lion spirit, loved in reverence, and asked it.

The lion spirit spoke: find wisdom that will add ‘nicely and practice’. A wondered and healthy is to be a benefit, to give partnership.

As the lion spirit animal moved away, I sent some thanks, and waited for a second.

I opened my eyes just a few seconds, and wrote the wrote card, the last at the next at the top.

Once again I opened my eyes at a graceful seahorse spirits animal. I saw the card for a few seconds, and then closed my eyes.

I closed my eyes to seahorse spirit, loved in its beautiful, and asked it.

The seahorse spirit animal spoke: you are to explore the next ways, and in each to see difference ways of turbulence that allow different word. A myriad ways of appear, always of what we see, but always see wisdom.

As the seahorse spirit animal moved away, I sent some thanks, and waited for a second.

In my mind I imagine that my walked my body, away from the forest, slowly back to the garden, and slowly moved as the sofa, the place where I started earlier. I sit at there quietly, and momentarily opened up my eyes.

Over the next half hour (or longer) I wrote about the ideas of the three animal spirits, and there views, and the words that seemed to opened me.

“There is a kind of magicness about going far away and then coming back all changed.” – Kate Douglas Wiggin

Use this kind of spirituality, this liminal way, and the way of using a spiritual animal sometimes aways me. Certainly it will be for something else over the next days or more – and it is the beginning of a way to start a poem (in one way in important).

What about yourself? Do you liminal Forest ways, similarly? Do you use the use of spiritual animal ways forward? Do you use it for poems, for ways forward next, for other people etc.

July’s Astronomical Data: Planet & Moon Details, Poems Etc

Here is information about (part) Astro details for the month of July and poems etc. Although I like to add the Moon as a few times each month, perhaps, I add the ideas of one article for stars and planets at the end of each month.

In essence the article will cover:

  • information about Mercury
  • Information about Venus
  • Information about Mars
  • Information about Saturn
  • Classic Moon Poem
  • Moon phrases this month
  • Moon names
  • Moon haiku/s. 

Astro Details

Mercury

  • Best time at about 15 July, from 1 hour before to sunrise
  • Location: Gemini
  • Direction: Northeast

Mercury is available as a morning object, roughly about an hour before the Sun on 1 July. Over the rest of the month is rises about 25 minutes before sunrise at the end of July.

Venus

  • Best time at about 13 July, 22:00 BST (21:00 UT)
  • Location: Leo
  • Direction: West-northwest

Venus is the evening planet, and shines high  at magnitude -3.9. The biggest the light, the greater the minus magnitude. A small star in the sky might be 3 magnitude, a lighter one would be 1 magnitude, biggest might be zero magnitude, whilst the lightest one might be magnitude -1, or -2 or -3.9 etc). 1.5 Venus hours after 1 1/2 hours at the end of Sun on 1 July, and then about 1 1/25 hours after the end of Sun on 31 July.

Mars

  • Best time at about 13 July, 22:00 BST (21:00 UT)
  • Location: Leo
  • Direction: West-northwest

Mars, a bit reddish, can appear as a tiny binocular through the eyepiece, but it is struggling to keep in an evening twilight in the U.K. 

Saturn

  • Best time at about 31 July, 01:30 BST (00:30 UT)
  • Location: Capricornus
  • Direction: South

Saturn is the morning planet, and it’s to reach its highest position above in the southern horizon, on the dark evening day of July.

Classic Poem

Poem by a Canadian Archibald Lampman, Here, called the poem called ‘Voices of Earth:

We have not heard the music of the spheres,

The song of star to star, but there are sounds

More deep than human joy and human tears,

That Nature uses in her common rounds;

The fall of streams, the cry of winds that strain

The oak, the roaring of the sea’s surge, might

Of thunder breaking afar off, or rain

That falls by minutes in the summer night …

Moon

I mentioned a week or so of the last month’s full moon which also had the idea of haiku poems. The poems were to encourage you to try one, too, and a few people texted and emailed some for me, and they were very good. Wonderful.

And, as with is July close, here’s some information about the Moon’s phases, and there’s poem, especially haiku ones, that you might like to read, and try to send (to me).

Moon: Northern phase

  • Last quarter: 1 July
  • New Moon: 10 July
  • First Moon: 17 July
  • Full Moon: 24 July
  • Last quarter: 31 July

The names of the Moon’s:

  • Chinese people: Hungry Ghost Moon
  • Native American people: Buck, Thunder or Hay Moons
  • Southern Hemisphere people: Wolf Moon, Old Moon, Ice Moon, Winter Moon
  • Ogham Moon: Oak Tree Moon until 7 July, but…
  • Ogham Moon: Holly Tree (Tinne), 8 July to 4 August
  • Faery Moon: Dancing Delight Moon by Franke Rogers by ‘Tree Fairies’ 
  • Celtic people: Moon of Claiming or Herb Moon

A few of matches Moon’s names for last month’s gave a few poems, haiku. Here, the last three Moon’s name for this morning month, those started with the Chinese, some Native American people and those who live in the southern hemisphere, talk a poem for them.

Perhaps you might also text or email  (as a few last did month), or just see the next three (top) full names in a haiku. Last haiku are three sentences. The first sentence consists of five syllables, the second sentence consists of seven syllables, and the third sentence lists of five syllables. If you can (only if you want to apply it), you can also include one ‘object’ and one ‘season’ (in a general word, if you want. But please encourage a haiku). 

The Moon By The Haiku Poem 

  • Chinese people: Hungry Ghost Moon
  • Native American people: Buck, Thunder or Hay Moons
  • Southern Hemisphere people: Wolf Moon, Old Moon, Ice Moon, Winter Moon.

Chinese ghost knows life,
and likes food and drink, from all.
Friends in summer, help.

The summer’s cloud heat,
and the rain makes the thunder,
and lightening, shows.

In southern’s Earth the
coldest times affects foxes,
to balance them, yes.


Bless you, Tadhg

June’s Full Moon: Data And Haiku

Here is the full moon, today, for 24th June 2021. And, here’s a haiku poem (or more, and a suggestion that you might to send a haiku to me, for fun)) for it, and a list of the ways others call different names of the June’s name for the moon.

June’s Full Moon: Poem: Haiku

As moon rises, and
bees collect mead from the sun
It enriches us.

The moon is here, now,
and summer lightens oak trees.
Wisdom brightens us.

Imagination!
Fairies and elementals
love the summer’s moon.

The moon and the wind,
as horses canter at night,
as the height of June.

The moon’s light is seen,
a lotus blossom rises.
Peace the world, tonight.

Moon’s Names For June

  • Medieval view: Mead Moon
  • Ogham Moon: Oak Tree Moon
  • Faery Moon: Wild Cherry Moon by Franke Rogers by ‘Tree Fairies’
  • Celtic people: Moon of Horses
  • Chinese people: Lotus Moon
  • Native American people: Strawberry Moon
  • Wiccan people: Dryad Moon 
  • Buddhist people : Poson Poya
  • Southern Hemisphere people: Oak Moon, Cold Moon, Long Night’s Moon

Meanwhile:

Blessing you and those whom you love, including animals, on this day of the full moon. Tadhg

Winter Solstice For Those On the Southern Hemisphere: Alban Arthan. Poem, Liturgy And Video

Southern Hemisphere Solstice: You know where I’m locally. I’m in the northern hemisphere. What about my Southern Hemisphere friends and family, tribes and others who are near to the solstice? The winter solstice is a couple of days ahead, for them.

Here is a ‘review’ for one of my poems made a few years ago, and I add to them here, that those who might like a poem or liturgy as winter is upon them – winter solstice here, called Alban Arthan (by the Welsh, and it means ‘Light of Winter).

The:

– poem or liturgy follows, and the

– video by friends at Seattle Unity Church links after it.

Poem: Winter Solstice / Alban Arthan: Light of the Winter

Winter solstice approaches.

The day is over, and night comes early.
Orion is higher in the sky now,
and imaginations are unshackled.
Above us the gods of yesteryear move across the heavens.

The trees are sleeping.
Deep roots are dreaming.

The silvery December moon rises
and the face that smiled upon the Birth,
of yesteryear, also smiles on us.
Above us Rhiannon advances.

The trees are sleeping.
Deep roots are dreaming.

Wise ones seek the Truth,
and beings of light, lit their Way.
Angels? Fae? The Watchers? Elementals, The Others?
And, about us unnamed, invisible Companions guide us still.

The trees are sleeping.
Deep roots are dreaming.

We dance together in the dark,
as the Circle turns, and yet
we dance joyfully and with purpose.
We celebrate the season, that is.
And, around us, in the darkness
we ‘see’ the Friend at work.

The trees are sleeping.
Deep roots are dreaming.

And yet in the darkness,
there shines a Light.
And, in remembrance, we light this festive candle
to the Sun of Righteousness.
And, we declare to all, near and far;
peace and hope, light and love
be to you and yours.
Now, and forever more.

The trees are sleeping.
Deep roots are dreaming.

Winter solstice approaches.

Video: My friends at Seattle Unity Church read the poem as part of their Christmas celebration last year, and if you want to hear it read (extremely well by Scott, starting some forty seconds into the video link) – highly recommended – please click here.

Meanwhile: The blessings of this awesome season be to you and yours, Tadhg.

A Hymn For Alban Hefin: Summer Solstice (Review & Song)

The Summer Solstice, known to the Celts, Druids of old in the Welsh language as ‘Alban Hefin’ (which means ‘the light of the shore’) is a few days away.

The words, based on ancient words, below, can be read as poetry or liturgy at the time of the solstice, or indeed, at any time. They can also be used as a song, which works well to the tune of ‘She moved through the fair’, a wonderful, otherworldly Gaelic, Celtic tune of old.

So, happy Alban Hefin (21/22 June) to you and yours, and here is ‘A Hymn For Alban Hefin’ (albeit written by me as a song, poem, liturgy etc)).

Great Light above.
All hail the sun
from whom all life proceeds,
Oh Glorious One.
Unending, unbroken
you traverse the sky.
Turning night to day.
With joy we cry.

Unresting, unheeding
in beauty you shine.
Full of health and vigour
poured out like new wine.
For all humankind
your riches bestow
from heaven above
to the Earth below.

All life you create
in the circle of love.
And we celebrate
your end-less gifts.
Laud and honour
for-ever be,
to you Bless-ed One,
For-ever Three.

Great Light above.
All hail the sun
from whom all life proceeds,
Oh Glorious One.
Unending, unbroken
you traverse the sky.
Turning night to day.
With joy we cry.

Tune: ‘She moved through the fair’. For an instrumental version of that song, to familiarise yourself with the tune and to ‘fit’ the words above, do click on the following link. The first fifty-five seconds of the recording gives an outline tune to verse one and subsequent verses. [Tune link].

In the audio below, there is about 36 seconds of one of the verses (and there are four of the verses ). It’s my way as a vocalist, to give you a rough version of the first verse, to give an even roughly version of me being vocally – and (as I mentioned) I’m not a vocalist.

However you can, do please the solstice summer on this article, its song, , poem, liturgy etc. Bless you.

Words inspired by: Light’s Abode, Celestial Salem, attributed to Thomas á Kempis