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.

Wonderful Plants. “Lavender Blue, Dilly Dilly…”

As a Celtic, Druid, Pagan, Christian or other faith, it is wonderful to talk about Lavender. Lavender can be used by sacred events, used at home, used by the kitchen, and in the garden (or balcony in a city). I love lavender. They’re ancient English plants, are good herbs, are good for sacred wonders, are greatly fragrantly etc, and the 1849 lyrics by James Halliwell was used when I was (about 1961) a primary school boy, and song was, “Lavender’s blue, dilly, dilly, lavender’s green; When am I king, dilly, dilly; you shall be queen…” etc. Though some parts of the lyrics weren’t ‘completed’ used.

However, the Lavender (Angustifolia Hidcote) is doing well now by me, and it is loved by the bees. My front of the garden has a lovely Japanese Maple (Acer Palmatum), and grass, and ivy). If you’re able to buy lavender or anything similar, please do what you can to suggest for bees – they need it.

Do use Lavender it at other sacred (isn’t everything so) events, and use it at home, in your garden (how about buying one this week) or at a city balcony. 

  • Botanical name: Lavender angustifolia
  • Temperate Zones: 5-8Blooming times:: June to August
  • Height: 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90cm)
  • Flower colours: Lavender in deep blue-purple, light pink, or white.

For working for the kitchen, Lavender buds, it is said, are best when harvested right before they fully open (if you know when this is), and

  • Immerse some dried lavender buds in a jar of sugar, and you may sugar for baking and in desserts.
  • Add some flower buds to preserves or fruit compotes.
  • Chop fresh buds and add to add them as a cake batter or sweet pastry dough.
  • Use some fresh lavender to infuse teas and other beverages.
  • Sprinkle bits of fresh lavender on a salad as a part of a garnish.
  • Use chopped lavender buds and leaves to flavour roast lamb, chicken, or rabbit etc.

Some believe, spiritually, that lavender as an unction promotes peace, cleanliness, and love.

Poem From Kahlil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’

And now you ask in your heart,

“How shall we distinguish that which is good in pleasure from that which is not good?” 

Go to your fields and your gardens, and you shall learn that it is the pleasure of the bee to gather honey of the flower, 

But it is also the pleasure of the flower to yield its honey to the bee. 

For to the bee a flower is a fountain of life, 

And to the flower a bee is a messenger of love, 

And to both, bee and flower, the giving and the receiving of pleasure is a need and an ecstasy. 

People of Orphalese, be in your pleasures like the flowers and the bees.

Conclusion: There is a wonderful fragrance from Lavenders at this time of the year. And, if you haven’t got a Lavender, my suggestion buy one plant of it this summer. I love Lavender, and have about thirty of of them in the front garden. Yes, I love them.

Mythological Creatures: Celtic & Welsh #2 Word Search

Do you know now the ceffryl dwr? How ‘Lord of the Lord’ used them in their story? Do you know the difference between a dragon and a wyvern? Which is good, and which is annoying?

There are two reasons I thought that it might be good for many of you like Welsh, Celtic, Druidic, mythological creatures to know about. At the end of the article there is a brief idea of some wonderful Welsh mythological creatures you might like.

But, first all, you might also like to use the fun, and try to fill in the words in the of search word. It’s a way to find ways of way, but also find about Welsh traditions

Word Search Puzzle #2: Mythological Creatures: 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.

adarllwchgwi
griffin 

bwg
boggart

ceffyldwr
waterhorse

coblynau
knockers

gwyber
wyvern

tylwythteg 
fairfolk

yddraig
dragon

A Brief Of Welsh Mythological: Celtic & Druid Etc
Here’s an outline of some of the mythological creatures used above, herOkay, here’s some word searches you found in the squares, or you might check the words – creatures that you might have come above at other times, or they may not have be known before your known.

But, I’d like for any similar creatures by you locally, please. Here’s the creatures meant by the word search, here.

Adar Llwch Gwin (means: dust, lake, bird) pronounced ‘Adar-hlich-gwin’) or Griffin. A fantastical bird.

Bwg (pronounced ‘bog’) or boggart. It is said that everyone has a boggart in their house. If you’ve every wondered how things have been left on another room etc, then it’s probably your boggart has moved things. They are all right, and especially it’s for you give them some attention.

Ceffyl dwr (pronounced ‘keff-all door’) and is called a water horse. Apparently, it is said that water horses try to encourage men and women use sit themselves by water, to their death.

Coblynau (pronounced ‘kobb-lee-noe’), called the knockers or tommy-knockers. They are gnome-like men and women, and are used under deep mines in Wales, Cornwall and in America, and other places.

Gwyber (pronounced ‘gwy-berr’) and also came that in the English as the gwyber. Some believe (and I believe so, too) that the gwyber is the wyvern. Wyverns are similar to dragons, but are different. Wyverns tend to be angry and nasty, and they have four limbs. They have two feet, and two arms, but their wings are joined together as their arms!

Tylwyth Teg (pronounced ‘ter-loo-ith tehg’). It means the fair folk, and is sometimes they care called the faeries, fey or fae. Enchanted, magical and lovely.

Y Ddraig (pronounced ee-dray-g). The dragon, usually working well men and women, gave humankind fire and communication, and it is different to the wyvern. See the word for the s wyvern above. local for wyverns. Dragons have six limbs: two feet, feet arms, and two wings. Absolutely wonderful creatures.

The Caim (Review)

The caim is a profound ‘circling’ prayer used by ancient Celts and others over the millennia. It is still used by latter-day Celts, Christians who value its benefits, and by some wiccans, pagans, mystics and fellow-druids friends known to me

Yes, it can be used by anyone who knows the value of prayer.

The word caim is gaelic, and it has to do with ‘protection’ or ‘sanctuary’; it is derived from the root word meaning ‘circle’, to bend, or turn, and this becomes apparent when you start forming the caim.

Introduction

The rudiments of forming a caim are known to us, but much detail was not recorded or has been lost in the mists of time. I like to think it was the former, and that those who used the caim of old, didn’t want to legislate the minutiae of what should be done.

Rather, they wanted to pass on the idea and deep spiritual concept, the essentials, so that it could be purposely adapted to suit the group or individual using it in the future, and its contents changed to meet the circumstances or need of the pray-er, and so would remain vibrant.

It’s flexible.

Many, today, use a minimalist approach to the caim. This is:

  • making a caim and
  • using one of the prepared three-fold prayers, see the appendix, especially (but not only) when incorporating it in a formal, group service of some kind, and
  • closing the caim.

The minimalist approach is good, and is a great place to start, but there’s so much more to it, and so I’d also like to take your further on this exciting adventure.

Bearing in mind we have been left the essentials of the caim, I’ve found most benefit is derived, for me, when I ‘fuse’ it with something else: with creative visualisation to form an innovative variation.

That is, I use imagination.

In using imagination, I see this as thought-intentionality, to complement my words of any prayer said. I would encourage you to try the same.

Imagination? The I Am has given each one of us a great imagination, one to be used. Indeed you use your imagination when you watch tv. You might be watching a thriller or ‘spooky’ movie and suddenly someone or something jumps out of the shadows in the storyline, and you flinch. You do that because you’re engrossed in the movie; yes, your imagination was at work. It’s as though you were ‘in’ the movie. Such is the power of imagination.

Imagination is also at work when advertisers show you sun-drenched beaches for your prospective holiday on tv or in the newspaper. You imagine you’re there. You also use your imagination, when, say, you’re planning a big event and need to think about the decor, food, gifts etc. Or, maybe youre an artist, a writer, like to journal, or are a musician, or even just ‘doodle’? None of that would happen without imagination.

And, you can use your imagination here, in the caim, as a force for good. You can use it to draw near and encounter, to bless others, and bless yourself in a ‘visual‘ manner. It’s a win-win situation.

It may feel strange or ‘forced’ at first, but do persevere and do try it several times. Don’t be too analytical as you experience the caim (as to be analytical means you ‘jump out’ of the experience – a sort of ‘are we there yet’ event, which usually means ‘no’!). Don’t make it into a chore, but, rather, enjoy the adventure.

Many times my prayer time resembled a shopping list with the word ‘Amen’ tacked onto the end. I wanted something more. Something deeper. To spend more time with the Holy One. To ‘see’ afresh, in my minds eye. The caim was one answer.

So, find a place where you won’t be disturbed, and,  do mute the mobile phone. Take some time to centre yourself – that is, to slow down your mind and just lightly enter that ‘inner space’, that dreamy-state of the mind. Relax. You are always in control, but surrender. At this point, it is best to keep your eyes open.

Making a caim

As you stand (and it can be outdoors or indoors, in a room in your house etc) extend your arm, point to the floor, (say about four to six feet away from your body) and slowly turn your body through a full circle. There, you’re inscribing an invisible, imaginal circle, the caim

As I stand in a candle-lit the room (and one that I use as a study, a sanctuary, and where discerning men and women come for liminal sessions with me), I stand and quieten my mind. There is no no rush.

After a few minutes, I point to the floor. I have already marked out a circle, about six foot (2 metres) in diameter, with rocks (which are just smaller than my fist, and which can be removed later), and slowly I turned my body, revolving 360 degrees. I like to face east, but the choice is yours. I start off facing east and end up facing east. I also like to turn deosil, clockwise to begin the caim.

Sometimes I have a chair in that circle of stones to use after turning 360 degrees, but today I’m standing.

Stage 1: The Separation

Now, it may be good to close your eyes as you enter into the first of three stages, the first being: separation. This is a leaving of worldly distractions, of slowing those thoughts down, and journeying inward to that place of peace, power and potential. You are still in control, but you make an effort not to focus on distractions. Trust me, you will get thoughts of what else you could be doing, who you should have telephoned, or what you should buy at the shops etc, but let them go.

My eyes are closed now, and in my mind’s eye I’m imagining that I’m journeying inward to a comfortable and safe place, a place that is full of power and potential. I slow my breathing, quieten my mind, and over the next few minutes enter a state of ‘rest’. I’m metaphorically journeying toward the Source, God.

Stage 2: Transition or ‘Gap’ Time

The space that you’ve entered is liminal space, the imaginal realm. Some like to call it the realm of the imagination, and that’s okay. For me, I like to call it the imaginal realm, as in our culture, when one talks of the imagination it is perceived as a place of pure fantasy and unreal.

That place, the imaginal realm, to me, is as real as the physical realm.

It is an intermediary space between the physical realm (which we can all relate to and understand – it is the place of the body) and the ouranic realm (the place of the spirit, where all that is good and holy originates).

‘ I looked for someone among them who would…stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land…but I found no one. Ezekiel 22: 30 (part), the Book

The imaginal realm is the place of the soul. To me, it is ‘the gap’, a place of encounter that the Ancients boldly wrote about.

I feel safe, I feel ‘cocooned’ from all that is happening in the world about me. I am at peace within this circle. For me, I have inscribed a circle of the floor around me, but it is a circle when it touches the floor; I perceive it as a bubble of power, big enough to encapsulate me and more. It is, to me, the ‘closet’ or ‘room’ that  the Christ said we should enter.

Some, may like to pray an already-written prayer (only) at this stage (see appendix), and then move onto the final stage, that is stage three. This is the minimalist approach, but I like to go deeper. How about you? There is nothing to fear.

If we accept that there is place of Bliss which is, symbolically, a higher plane, then we need to use some of that power. And so, I raise both hands for about a minute, and visualise the blossom of golden trees, and the pollen of golden plants falling on me, power from on high. Not mine, but belonging to That Which Is Bigger Than Ourselves.

There is no rush. Just enjoy the experience. If you find it difficult to visualise, or if nothing seems to happen, do continue, and don’t worry. Even if we don’t experience anything, I do believe things are happening, and I do believe it’s our intentionality that counts, and all this is rewarded by the great Rewarder of All.

The woman in great need, pushed through the crowd and, ‘…came up behind Jesus and touched the fringe of His cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.“Who touched Me?” Jesus asked. But they all denied it. “Master, said Peter, “the people are crowding and pressing against You.” But Jesus declared, “Someone touched Me, for I know that power has gone out from Me.”… Luke 8:45-46 (part), the Book.

We’re in a place of peace, power and potential, a place between the physical realm and the ouranic realm; and each of us in that place are intercessors. We’re standing in the ‘gap’ between the physical realm and the Other.

I lower my hands now. And wait for a minute or two.

Now, I like to hold my hands, gently, in front of me, as though I’m holding something. In my imagination I am holding something – a power-blessing. I like to mould it, and shape, and imagine it to be the size of a football.

Hopefully, you’ve already decided who you’re going to prayer for. It could be for a specific person in need, an event that has happened that has caused a major upset, or it could be a prayer for a future event, the locality, a sad event somewhere else on the planet, it could be an ecological need. Whatever the need is, the caim is a good spiritual ‘tool’ to use.

Whatever the need is, I imagine it outside this safe ‘bubble’.

And then, I like too ‘push’ that power-blessing in the direction I’ve imagined that that person or event to be. You don’t have to be locationally accurate – it’s the intention that’s important.

And, just to redouble my effort, I imagine that I have to use my body to sway back and forth, gently, for a minute, as if you really ‘push’ that power-ball of prayer-blessing to the recipient or location. I don’t do an exaggerated ‘push’ as though I’m meeting resistance – there is no resistance, here – but I like to be intentional about that ‘push’.

You might even want to vocalise who, or for what, the power-blessing was for, and the desired outcome. ‘Help [name],’ or ‘Heal [name] etc.

And, off it goes….and arrives immediately. You might imagine the desired effect already taking place, even though it may take some time in the physical realm to come about. This is faith.

And so, I lower my hands. And relax. The power-blessing has gone out. I give gratitude in my heart to the Parent of Lights, for enabling me to be a conduit.

But, there’s more.

As I stand, and continue to face the direction that that power-blessing was sent. I wait for a minute or so. With my arms out, at shoulder height, I wait. I breathe deeply several times in anticipation, believing that what was sent out, comes back – although it may work its way out in my life in a different way to that original power-blessing, I do believe it comes back as a ‘gift’ so that we also benefit.

I do believe a blessing comes back to the sender, in one form or another, immediately or some time in the future. And, that’s one good reason to send out something positive, rather than something negative.

I inhale to, metaphorically, accept the return blessing.

Just a little more!

Time for more gratitude to the Power who supplies all that we need. Here you can add vocal prayers, vocal praise, vocal gratitude. I, then, lower my arms.

It’s about time for us to return and leave the imaginal realm, that liminal place.

Stage Three: The Return

This is really a reversal of stage one, and is something that need not be rushed. Take a minute or two to still your mind. Just bask in the closeness of your encounter…even if you can’t feel anything. The Friend is close.

As you stand there, allow your breathing to return to normal, slowly open your eyes, perhaps not focussing on anything in particular, but just ease yourself back to that former state.

With my eyes open, I point to that circle, I used stones, but you can point to where the invisible circle, the one you inscribed earlier, is.

Slowly I turn my body through 360 degrees. I like to face east, and so face east once I’ve gone full circle. But, I move in the opposite direction this time – anti-clockwise (or widdershins, as it is known) – to close the caim.

And then I wait for another minute, and leave the circle.

If the outline I’ve used seems overly complex, don’t be deterred. It’s the way Ichoose to use the caim, and it comes naturally, having done it many times. Use it as a framework, but not as a rigid formula. You will develop your own ‘habits’, and then you’ll find, over time, most of them, as you perform the caim, will change, but that’s okay. You cannot make a mistake. It’s all about intentionality.

The caim is a spiritual ‘tool’ for you to use – one amongst many – and not a magical formula that won’t work unless you get it absolutely right. Adapt it, and use it to best serve you needs, and that of others.

That’s it. Well almost.

A Gesture To ‘Ground’ The Power-Blessing, And More

Having sent out an power-blessing, there is always some work to be done, to work towards making the prayer come about, in the physical realm. I do believe the One Who Answers Prayer does indeed answers prayer, but I also know that people like you and me, are used to bring it about, and that is an amazing privilege.

It doesn’t mean that you have to do everything to bring about that specific power-blessing, but just be open to work towards it.

We need to do something in the physical realm, after using the caim. Even a small gesture is good.

For instance, if you’ve prayed for someone to get though their exams, the action now needed might be that you give them some verbal encouragement, rather than, say, spending days teaching them. If someone is not well, maybe a get well card could be sent to them. If you’ve prayed for assistance to rectify an environmental calamity in another part of the world, you don’t have to sell everything and visit that place, but it could be that you might consider sending a small amount of money to a relief agency, as a gesture.

You don’t have to do it all by yourself – a small gesture to ‘ground’ that prayer-blessing, and ‘cement’ that intentionality, maybe, is all that is needed.

And, all action should be legal, decent, honest, borne out of love, and with a healthy ‘dollop’ of common-sense added for good measure.

I also usually journal

I like to record what I’ve used the caim for, and what I’ve done, practically, ‘to ground’ that prayer. It’s always good to look back, and see what a difference you have made, or may have made, and add the outcome to the journal. If you see no tangible outcome, then write that at a latter date, but I do believe you can, and have, made a difference, even if you can’t see it.

If you want more information or have a question, or have tried the caim (perhaps for the first time and want to share your experience), please do contact me. I also lead workshops about the caim and other liminal events (in physically locations, as well as online via skype, individually and in groups).  Email: tadhgtemp@gmail.com

Bless you, Tadhg.

Ogham Alphabets And More: Hauthe Or Hawthorn

Here is some information for the Hawthorn tree or Hauthe the Ogham details for the alphabet, it’s full moon name, and the Hawthorns spirituality and mythology 

So, here’s more about it.

Ogham Details:

  • Name as the Hawthorn tree or Huathe 
  • Huathe pronounced Hoh-uh
  • The tree is energetic, strength, a decision-maker
  • Alphabet for one that ours calls: H
  • Ogham has one ‘stave’ to the left (see photo below)
  • Its month or moon month is: 13 May – 9 June

Poem: Siegfried Sassoon:

Not much to me is yonder lane 
Where I go every day; 
But when there’s been a shower of rain 
And hedge-birds whistle gay, 
I know my lad that’s out in France 
With fearsome things to see 
Would give his eyes for just one glance 
At our white hawthorn tree. 

Spirituality

The Hawthorn is associated with the realm of the Fae and it tandems the oak and ash trees  with them, too.

Some Christians believed that hawthorn branches formed that crown of thorns that adorned the bloodied heads of Jesus at the Crucifixion. It is also thought that Joseph of Arimathea planted the Holy Thorn Tree while traveling with the Holy Grail after Jesus’ death by going to Glastonbury in Britain

Ecology

Hawthorn has a matched capacity to support local wildlife. Hawthorn tree or hedgerows have been often seen teeming with life, and it is said the Celts definitely noticed this by birds and rodents nearby.

The Latin word for the Hawthorn is called crataegus, and it comes from the Greek ‘kratos’ for hardness of its wood, and for ‘akis’ to mean sharp. Its thorns are known by many who are might unaware of it. They are prolific.

Previous Oghams Used:

Ogham Alphabet: Saille

and

Ogham Alphabet: Fearn Or Alder

Word Search Puzzle: Celtic & Welsh #1

I thought a word search – with you and I finding the up or down or diagonal words from Celtic or Druid words – might be fun of the twelve words on the right list from Druid to Alban Hefin for the summer solstice, or bandraoi as the female Druid, or dorchau pen (head wreath) etc.

Word Search Puzzle #1: Celtic & Druid: English & Welsh
I’ve fondly looked of word searches over the last six months, and I think using them can be useful for all/most of us, as well as them being fun, and doubly for me because of aphasia by my myself.

So, do let me know if you like the word search, please. Maybe you can find out how many minutes and seconds if might be take you to see twelve ‘competitions’ it might take you (to yourself) or letter an email to me so we’re not competitive.

Arianrhod. The Full Moon (Eclipse) In White And Cerise: Poem (Haiku)

Here is a poem, a haiku (or liturgy) of the next full moon (and for some, an eclipse moon) due on Wednesday, 26th May), of Arianrhod and the Elements. For those who will see the eclipse of the moon, the colour may become a cerise colour and similar, and others such as some Americans, Chinese people and others may like the ‘moon full’ become a redness, and similar colour to some. Yes, for some the cherry hue means beauty and fortune for the moon at the eclipse.

POEM

Moon
The moon was quite white.
Now cerise as the eclipse
may make her hue, red.

Dear Arianrhod,
is her beauty and fortune,
to elementals.

Northerly
As elementals,
great Gnomes as northerly ones,
make the Earth so bright.

Make mountains and sands,
mammals, flora and fauna.
Blessèd
the white moon.

Easterly
Easterly, the Slyphs,
make the air, winds, hurricanes,
environments, all.

She makes the moon high,
and makes her above the clouds.
Blessèd the white moon.

Southerly
Of Salamanders ,
they make great fire, volcanoes,
houses, energy.

Above the high moon,,
this elemental is seen.
Blessèd the white moon.

Westerly
The waters are seen,,
in rivers, lakes, oceans, too,
Watery Undines.

As elementals,
she is seen in faucets, too.
Blessèd the white moon.

Tadhg In Kilts (With Apologies To Sam And Graham)

If you’re interested in Druids, Celts or Scottish history or scenery (though fictionalised in part some way, by two characters in the tv series ‘Outlander’) I suggest the tv series called ‘Men in Kilts: A Roadtrip with Sam and Graham’. It is very enjoyment, Here is a view of two minutes:

https://youtu.be/bWhskGea7zU?list=PLU31BoFkLXR6HEyMsXujtUInnDz62g8eQ

And, now would you believe, that  Ancestry.Com (recently) informed me that my DNA is, apart from mainly Welsh, is my Scottish is DNA and is 22%. A larger amount as totally more so than I expected.

Having a Welsh plaid colour, kilt, already, means now a new Scottish kilt for my Gardner, (Gardener or Gordoner) clan, and it is much more colourful. Of the two tartans I think I’ll use the red plaid from the Welsh plaid incorporated to the Scottish one.

Here’s a view of the new, to-be-included Scottish plaid:

Here’s a fictionalised history/view:

On a late  Thursday afternoon in the autumn of 1747, a year after the Battle of Culloden – maybe 24 September 1748 – Raibeart Gordon, allegedly, rode past the volatile borders of Scotland, entered England under the cloak of darkness, and headed to the wilds of North Wales, arriving there some weeks later.

Marrying a young lady there a year or so later, the marriage certificate showed his occupation as a reporter for a newspaper or court, we’re not quite sure. For someone of that period, though, that was a very good job.

However, dear Raibert couldn’t sign his name, and just scribed an ‘x’ on the certificate, which probably means he was a porter, and not a reporter.  Such is the power of the town clerk to make a mistake or to be ‘inventive’. The certificate also has a little smudge here and there just to make things even more indecisive.


Fast-forward a few years, and still not being able to sign his name, several children were born to his wife and him, but this time, according to another town clerk, dear Raibert, who would have been known as a ‘Gordoner’, was now shown on various birth certificates as Gardener, and later on, as Gardner.

Maybe I’ll get the new (Scottish) kilt made, soon.

Many blessings, Tadhg.

The Rainbow Blessing [Celtic Poem, Liturgy & Blessing] Reviewed

We live in a universe full of vibrant colour, and though we can only see part of the spectrum, what we can see is wonderful in its beauty.

We can witness the yellow radiance of the daily new-born sun as it rises above the horizon, to the deep red colour of evening and sunset. Grass, trees, flowers, a superabundance of insects and animals, nature arrayed in all its beauty is set before us in a blaze of colour, to gaze upon in awe and for us to be blessed.

The following, reviewed a few years ago, then, may be used as a poem for yourself or as liturgy in a ritual, and as a blessing to you and others:

Title: The Rainbow Blessing (By Tadhg Jonathan)

May the blessing of the red sun as it sinks below the horizon be yours.
May the blessing of orange, the colour of flame and hearth be yours.
May the blessing of the wild, green earth and all life be yours.
May the blessing of the blue sea and wind which calls forth waves upon it be yours.
May the blessing of indigo, the twilight colour of change and coolness be yours.
May the blessing of violet, the colour of majesty and might be yours.
And may all the colourful blessings of the God Of The Rainbow be upon you and yours, now and always.

Blessings, Tadhg.

Ephemera: Beltane 2021: Thoughts & Ideas For You

Beltane is fast approaching, as we look forward to 1 May in the northern hemisphere. In Wales we call it Calan Mai.

This festival is usually commemorated with bonfires, maypoles, dancing, and performing other rituals.  And, as well there is a couple of English videos that you might like to watch.

“A little Madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King.”
–  Emily Dickinson 

Ancient Celts used to light two bonfires. At one bonfires they believed the would purify themselves, as well as increase fertility in the world. At another bonfire they would pass cattle between them, and they belief they would would purify the cattle, and ensure the fertility of the herd. Although many modern Celtic doesn’t do the ritual, as you will see something similar that will encourage you to do some relevant practice.

Here is how you might like to do something close for Beltane (and there are a couple of videos that will show you Beltane being used in England), such as:

  • how about you use google for a photo of a maypole of (usually girl) children on the alter, and imagine it for five or ten minutes, and maybe use imagine yourself as part in it, or watching it close by. Here is a video of young children using a maypole in England: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncIAdeQGxoo
  • you might like to use one small flower to plant a little cup of water to think of nature, ecology and fertility.  
  • maybe you might like to spend 30-60 minutes for a walk in a forest or city park etc.
  • you might like to read a poem, such as

There is no time like Spring,

When life’s alive in everything,

Before new nestlings sing,

Before cleft swallows speed their journey back

Along the trackless track –

God guides their wing,

He spreads their table that they nothing lack, –

Before the daisy grows a common flower

Before the sun has power

To scorch the world up in his noontide hour…

(Christina Rossetti, by ‘Spring)

  • you may might celebrate a small altar (maybe with a small cloth, a candle, a small posies of yellow flowers) 
  •  maybe you might like to use a prayer for Beltane, one below here, or one of yourself:

Creator God, forgive our moments of ingratitude, 

the spiritual blindness that prevents us 

from appreciating the wonder that is this world,

the endless cycle of nature, 

of life and death and rebirth. 

Forgive us for taking without giving, 

reaping without sowing. 

Open our eyes to see, 

our lips to praise,

our hands to share, 

and may our feet tread lightly

on the road that, together, we travel.

(Copyright © John Birch, 2016 · Prayer written when copied freely for worship).

Conclusion

Do have something special for Beltane for yourself – have a liturgy or prayer, an altar, a meditation or imaginational time for a few minutes, or use the time in the forest or city park for a small time to celebrate this time of Beltane.

Many blesses, Tadhg.

Tadhg’s Ephemera: Full Moon, Monday, 26 April 2021

Here is some information about the next full moon, which is due on Monday, 26 April 2021. Here’s data about the moon names and more pics information, and there is part of a liturgy that you might like to use for the full night.

Full Moon Data: Full Names

Depending on the ancient tribes and countries here (or your moon) is some important full moon data which you might to use (once or twice):

  • Poeny moon for some Chinese people
  • Growing moon, or Hare for Celts or some Druids
  • Saille or Willow month (for the Ogham alphabetic/month)
  • Seed moon of ancient English tribes or Wiccan people
  • Awaking moon of neo) pagan people
  • Flower moon of Cherokeemoon tribes etc
  • Snow melt of the IInuit peoples
  • Pink moon for the Old Farmer’s Almanac
  • Harvest Moon, Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon for those on the Southern Hemisphere.

    Maybe there is another name of the full moon you might use. Or you might one or two of the ones mentioned here – but do please yet me know what you call another moon.

    Other Information
  • Lunation 1216: Lunation, the number starting from new man to the next new moon, and started first by Professor Ernest W Brown from 17January, 1933 – so he first made the first Lunation number (and anyone using earlier Lunation moons use negative numbers. So, the Lu action 1 was by him, and the current one today, half way through this moon, is Lunation 1216.
  • Average distance from Moon to Earth: 238,855 miles (384,400 km)
  • Perigee (closest approach to Earth): 225,700 miles (363,300 km)
  • Apogee (farthest distance from Earth): 252,000 miles (405,500 km)
  • Orbit circumference: 1,499,618.58 miles (2,413,402 km)
  • Mean orbit velocity: 2,287 mph (3,680.5 km/h)

Liturgy: Sister Moon: Ritual: Part Of The Canticle Of The Sun By Francis (Adapted)

This liturgy/poem can be used partly here, and it can be used with a candle, and for, perhaps it can be used with meditation for a few silent minutes.

Oh Most High, All-Source, and Goodly-One, Great are your praises, your glories, and your blessings. 
All: Hail and welcome you.

As Brother Sun you give us the day, the light, and beautiful radiance. 
All: Hail and welcome you.

As Sister Moon you give us the Moon’s face who is gleaming, beloved and peaceful. In the firmament, as the full moon ‘rides’ the celestial circle, you bedazzle a myriad of luminaries – comets, planets, stars and galaxies, all beyond number. 
All: Hail and welcome you.

As Brother Wind you give us moderation of temperature and wind, and calmness and the moodiness of the currents ways. 
All: Hail and welcome you.

As Sister Water you give us moisture that is purposeful, that you bedew us, and fill us with sprinkling that is pure. 
All: Hail and welcome you.

Oh, Sister, Mother Earth, you supply the world and our nourishment anew, and with a magnificent panoply of flora and fauna. 
All: Hail and welcome you.

Conclusion

I wish you a full moon, and do ensure you do something to celebrate the night eg a liturgy, a juice or wine as as a form libation, or walk under the moon shadow etc.

Blessings to you, from Tadhg.