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.

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.

Mother Earth Day: 22 April 2021: Things To Do, And Liturgy

On Thursday, 22 April 2021 will be Mother Earth Day. Mother Earth is urging us to call to action. Nature is suffering – flora and fauna hurts everyone. Seas are filling with plastic and becoming more acidic, wildfires and floods, have affected millions of people.  Now we have Covid 19 as a worldwide health pandemic.

“How strange that nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!” (Emily Dickinson)

Here is a number of Earth Day things here you might like to consider today (or later), and after it there is details about a liturgy for the way:

Ideas To Do

  • how about bicycle to save driving a car, or use public transport
  • how about writing a new poem (or a classic one) for Mother Day Earth for your house
  • use a park or forest to use trees and flowers, insects etc and see appreciate more
  • how about buy a flower for home or for our gardens, and
  • other to buy heather and lavender etc are good for bees and other insects
  • have a no tv day
  • read a book about ecology, flora or fauna, occasionally
  • you might like to do a liturgy (yours or others) with a candle too (today or each month)
  • how about a vegetarian dinner that day (as many use too much meat in dinners)

”And forget not the Earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the winds long to play with your hair”. Khalil Gibran

  • buy a useable bag and/or use a refillable water bottle
  • write down a commitment and making a plan about two eco-actions
  • buy if possible to get some foods from a local market’s farmer
  • you might like to have some time for meditation
  • buy some seed packets
  • turning off lights and electronics when not in use, or use energy-sight bulbs
  • our how about encouraging your friends to help get trash taken off

”Earth’s crammed with heaven…But only he who see, takes off his shoes.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning

  • how collect rained water for your garden or flower pots
  • join a local/national organisation for birds, nature, trees etc

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” Lao Tzu

Liturgy For You On Mother Earth

Below is a first and third general part of liturgy and it can be used in several purposes, so then the second part of the liturgy (which can also uses Hildegard Von Bingen) can and also be used for for Mother Earth.

O most noble Greenness, rooted in the sun,
shining forth in streaming splendour upon the wheel of Earth.
No earthly sense or being can comprehend you.
You are encircled by the very arms of Divine mysteries.
You are radiant like the red of dawn!
You glow like the incandescence of the sun!

(Hildegard von Bingen)


(1) Liturgy Beginning

You might like to have a candle here at the beginning of their liturgy. Do be cautious of it, and keep it away from children, animals and fabrics etc. You might have a paper and a pen (for writing an impromptu liturgy, poem or writing you might like to use in the second liturgy.

And. So please start:

On Rising
The Source of All is Spirit, and those who worship the Source of All must worship in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24, The Book, paraphrase)

Calling The Quarters
Calling the Quarters, as we turn in sequence to face the four cardinal compass points, helps us to become fully present so we can deeply connect to the world around us, and create safe and sacred space for us all.

Facing East
Guardian of the East, Oh Ancient One of the air,
we call upon the Spirit to be with us today.
Come charge this circle with the power of the wind.
All: We welcome you.

Facing South
Guardian of the South, Oh Ancient One of the fire,
we call upon the Spirit to be with us today.
Come charge this circle with the power of the flame
All: We welcome you.

Facing West
Guardian of the West, Oh Ancient One of the waters,
we call upon the Spirit to be with us today.
Come charge this circle with the power of the tides.
All: We welcome you.

Facing North
Guardian of the North, Oh Ancient One of the earth,
we call upon the Spirit to be with us today.
Come charge this circle with the power of the land.
All: We welcome you

From the centre, perhaps adopting the orans posture 
Guardian of all, Oh Ancient of Days,
we call upon the Spirit to be with us today.
Come charge this circle with your power.
All: We welcome you.

Call For Peace
The call for peace is an affirmation that there is peace amongst us, now; and that peace is offered to the world though not all embrace this, today, but one day will do so.

Is there peace in the East?
All: There is peace in the East.

Is there peace in the South?
All: There is peace in the South.

Is there peace in the West?
All: There is peace in the West.

Is there peace in the North?
All: There is peace in the North.

Throughout the entire land there is peace.

(2) Liturgy For Mother Earth

You might like to use the paper and pen to make a Mother Earth or similar poem from yourself, or wrote a bit of prose, or use a few minutes of meditation and use paper or pen to write about thoughts that might have heard during meditation. Do be worried about liturgy or poems, and what you do half way through – it doesn’t have to be perfect, but aim to be intention, and I’m sure you will, and the Source of All is always pleased with our intention.

“It is spring again. The Earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” Rainer Maria Rilke

So, you might use or try something to do something like this:

We come to you dear Mother Earth,
giving thankfulness to you, for all that there is on your wonderful planet.
All: We thank you.

We give you our forgetfulness and forgiveness dear Mother Earth,
and ask you that we are helpful, to be more aware, alive and thoughtfulness.
All: We ask you.

May we best become closer to the flora and fauna, ecology and humankind,
and we ask that we can do more each day in our environment at so close and so far away.
All: We ask you.

We come to you dear Mother Earth,
giving thankfulness to you, for all that there is on your wonderful planet.
All: We thank you.

You might like:

Wild Geese, by Mary (and a great eco-poet and more):

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

(3) Liturgy For Ending

Closing The Quarters
Facing East
Guardian of the East, Oh Ancient One of the air,
we thank you for your presence with us today.
All: We thank you.

Facing South
Guardian of the South, Oh Ancient One of the fire,
we thank you for your presence with us today.
All: We thank you.

Facing West
Guardian of the West, Oh Ancient One of the waters,
we thank you for your presence with us today.
All: We thank you.

Facing North
Guardian of the North, Oh Ancient One of the earth,
we thank you for your presence with us today..
All: We thank you.

From the centre, perhaps adopting the orans posture 
Guardian of all, Oh Ancient of Days,
we thank you for your presence with us today..
All: We thank you.

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserve of strength that will endure as long as little fe lasts.” Rachel Carson

Final Blessings 
We bless our ancestors, in Bliss, embraced by the Friend.
We bless each other, our global family of humankind, secured by the Friend.
We bless those yet to come who are known only to the Friend.
And, We bless the Friend, the Universe, Mother God who is always with us.
Bless you each.

Do ensure you extinguish the candle/s.

Ogham Alphabets And More: Saille Or Willow

Here is some information for the Saille or Willow, the Ogham details for the alphabet, it’s full moon name, and the willows spirituality and mythology – as there was about the Fearn/Alder in last week. So, here’s more about the Saille or Willow.

Ogham Details:

  • Name as the Saille or Willow.
  • Alphabet for our S
  • Ogham as four ‘staves’ to the right (see below)

I sat beneath a willow tree,

Where water falls and calls;

While fancies upon fancies solaced me,

Some true, and some were false.

Who set their heart upon a hope

That never comes to pass,

Droop in the end like fading heliotrope

The sun’s wan looking-glass.

(Poem part: In The Willow Shade by Christina Rossetti)

The Saille or Willow month or moon is: 15 April – 12 May:

As well as the month or moon for ancient tribes eg it’s the Poeny moon by many Chinese people, the growing moon by many Celtics, or the next Saille moon or Willow moon (on 26 April in 2021).

Medicine

In Willow Flower Essence, part of Bach Remedies is used as a remedy for floor people with bitterness and resentment; for people who are stuck in a position of blaming others etc.

Spirituality & Mythologies

Druids associated the tree with courage, strength and the evolving spirit, and it is also linked with death and resurrection.

A circlet can be woven of Willow to wear during any of the spring celebrations and Lunar rituals. Fresh flowers, or silk if you prefer, can be inserted in this crown, ribbons be woven throughout the circlet.

In some Druid stories, it is said, the universe and all mankind was hatched from two scarlet eggs hidden within the willow tree. One egg formed the sun and the other the Earth.

In Hebrew culture the willow tree is associated with the Feast of the Tabernacles. There shelters were built using the branches of the willow, a tradition which still followed in Jerusalem today, mainly.

The tree details:

The Willow is a aromatic tree and is often found most near lakes, pond and other waterways throughout temperate areas.

The bark is of the willow is grey, rough, and with furrowed into narrow ridges. Twigs are yellow to brown, and are flexible and droopy. It’s flowers are in the forms of catkins, and are about 1 to 2 inches in length, and with yellow, hairy scales at the end of short. Catkins appear in early spring. The fruit matures in late spring to early summer.

Conclusion

Here is for the previous Fearn or Aldrer, and it’s Ogham details for you: https://tadhgtalks.me/2021/04/14/ogham-alphabets-and-more-fearn-alder/

Many blessings, Tadhg.

Ogham Alphabets And More: Fearn/Alder

Ogham alphabets were found in ancient Ireland and Western Wales, and here is one alphabet. each letter is associated with a tree or plant.

Its twenty letters, called feda (ie ‘trees’), and it has a group into four aicme (ie ‘family, tribe’) of five letters each. Each letter is a cluster of one to five straight lines to each ‘staff’.

Ogham Details:

  • Name as the Fearn or Alder
  • Alphabet for our V or L
  • Ogham as three ‘staves’ to the right (see below)

The Fearn or Alder month or moon is: March 18 – April 14.

The detail about the month’s name and moon name is seen by some as ‘newish’, and less classically authentic. However, I love the use Celtic/Ogham trees eg with the Fearn or Alder – especially as we have months called with many Roman emperor’s names and use their names with no real reasons.

Spirituality & Mythologies

Druids associated the tree with courage, strength and the evolving spirit, and it is also linked with death and resurrection.

In Irish mythology it is said that the first human man was made from the alder tree, and the tree is considered of the fairies, and it is protected by the water fairy-folk. It said it represents both fire and earth.

The tree details:

The Fearn or Alder tree is rather special because of it has the ability to develop well and prevent rot when in water. When dipped in water it has a very long time, and so become extremely strong. With a only a few exceptions, alders are deciduous and the leaves are alternated, simple, and serrated. The flowers are catkins (see the top photo) with elongate male catkins and there are on the same plant as shorter female catkins. The tree is visited by bees, too.

Conclusion

At the next ogham, we’ll look at the Willow and the Willow Moon: April 15 – May 12, in the next few days.

Meanwhile, blessings to you, Tadhg.