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.
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:
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.
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 Willowmonth (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.
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.
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.
I’m in London, and still liking to walk, sauntering as much as I can, and I had time to go for a gentle walk along Parson’s Green (common), Fulham in London. It’s spring equinox today, and daffodils today at Parson’s Green (see the photo) are as ‘bountiful’ as they were a few years.
Here was an article made three years about life-living, and some profound words from Hildegard of Bingen.
From its winter’s sleep, Spring has finally arrived and new life is here. In everything.
‘I, the highest and fiery power, have kindled every spark of life…I, the fiery life of divine essence, blaze in the beauty of the fields…’
Yes, spring is in the air. The local council, here in Fulham have ‘secretly’ and wonderfully planted fifty-two thousand daffodil bulbs around the borough – in local parks, commons, green areas along some streets – and they are blooming.
Many parts of this inner city borough are now awash with the green and yellow of daffodils standing to attention, and swaying gently in the wind. And, it’s marvellous to behold. In my mind I skipped through the ones on Parson’s Green as I saw them – but you’ll be pleased to know that, physically, I restrained myself just to gaze and be ‘mesmerised’ by them (but it’s intentionality that is most important!), but it was a lovely thought. It was an awesome sight.
The sun shone unhindered by clouds today, well at least for a couple of hours, but this is Britain. Nevertheless, when the sun shone, its brilliance hit the surface of water of the River Thames and a million stars twinkled back, winking on the water’s surface.
We take it for granted. Water. Perhaps there is a river near where you live that you can visit and just gaze at? Where there is water, there is life. It is suspected that there is water on Mars, and maybe there is life there – microbial, perhaps, they think?
Water means life. And, Hildegard of Bingen (one of my favourite mystics, a German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, and visionary, AD1098 – 1179), reminds us that it is not just earthly life that is found in the water, but Life itself.
Yes, the Source of All is ‘reflected’ in the waters. Not just the water of a river, but water itself, the very same water that flows through your home’s faucet/tap, that you drink or bathe in.
…'[I] am aflame beyond the beauty of the meadows, I gleam in the waters, and I burn in the sun, moon, and stars. With every breeze, as with invisible life that contains everything, I awaken everything to life. The air lives by turning green and being in bloom. The waters flow as if they were alive….’
That Which Is Bigger Than Us is ubiquitous. My walk took me across Wandsworth Bridge. I like baseball caps and in the summer they keep the sun off my ‘thinning’ pate, but today discovered a drawback. The centre of the bridge, ‘open’ to the breeze that blows along the River Thames, means that it can get quite windy and catch the ‘bill’ of the cap and had the potential to lift it off. And so, with cap in hand I had to laugh. The wind gusted at times and quite took my breath away. Invigorating wasn’t the word. Ah, the Source of All is in fire, water, rock beneath me and, I detected, in the air, in the wind, today, also.
‘I am also Reason, having the wind of the sounding Word by which all things were created, and I breathe in them all…’
The Life-Giver’s breath flows through everything. If you want to know if a person is alive, check for breath. Isn’t that what we’re told? But, that relates to earthly life.
On my walk today, Hldegards words whispered in my mind. None die (that is none are annihilated) her words reverberated deep within me, as she echoed words given to her. Imbued with life, we, as is everything else, cannot die. Many think that the opposite to life is death. There is no death. Change yes, but we do not die. Eckhart Tolle said, ‘Life has no opposite. The opposite of death is birth. Life is eternal.’
‘…so that none may die…’
I’m now in my London place, its now raining and the temperature is dropping a little, again, and I’m thankful for central heating. Yes, I’m still in London, have had my batteries ‘re-charged’, have encountered nature (even) in the city, listened deeply and learned a thing or two on my walk, and would encourage you to be open to Life itself, wherever you are.
‘…because I am Life…’ [This, and all indented quotes above are the words of Hildegard of Bingen, speaking about the Life-Giver].
Many blesses of the vernal equinox to you and yours, and for those of the autumn equinox to those of the southern hemisphere. Tadhg.
This month’s February full moon is close. Don’t forget that many ancient civilisations had, and still have, the moon as a guide to their days and the change of seasons. And, the full month this month takes place on 27 February 2021 in the constellation of Leo the Lion in the south-east northern hemisphere.
“I am going to notice the lights of the earth, the sun and the moon and the stars, the lights of our candles as we march, the lights with which spring teases us, the light that is already present.” Anne Lamott
Moon names: The February’s moon is called by Celts and Druids as the Ice moon or the Snow moon.
Now, to the next (Full) moon to the Chinese people it may be the Budding moon; to the people of the Inuit peoples it is said to be the Seal Pup moon; the Storm moon as Wiccan; and the Horning moon of those who are Nordic.
Some call this moon (or full moon) as the Ash Moon or Ash Ogham Moon (as the Ogham Tree Ash covers 17 February to 18 March). But, not all of them.
Some might not use Ogham tree months as historically correct – but I often think it is still nice having Ogham ‘romantic’ months/trees/moons and having months allied to ecological trees. Others/most use January to December months, instead, and yet which includes a few despot Roman emperors. And Ogham/ecological trees are better… I think. What do you think?
It did occur to me, if there was any correlation between the Ash the month and to of recent day of Ash Wednesday on 17 February. Odd? I wonder?
For the February moon for those in the Southern Hemisphere the different names might be called: Grain Moon, Sturgeon Moon, Red Moon, Corn Moon, Dog Moon, Barley Moon. You might already have a Southern Hemisphere name already, but if you haven’t, then you might like to call one.
“With freedom, books, flowers, and the Moon, who could not be happy.” Oscar Wilde
(Scientific) Lunation: This moon is Lunation 1214.
Lunation 1, for those interested (for astronomers, astrologers, natural historians, myth etc) started at the first new moon in 17 January, 1923 by Ernest William Brown as a way of ‘figuring’ out the moon’s almanac to all. The next Lunation 1215 starts at the next new moon in March. So, the current moon, and the next full moon is now Lunation 1214.
“The moon looks upon many night flowers; the night flowers see but one moon.” Jean Ingelow
Myth: In Greek mythology, Leo is the lion near Nemea, part of Peloponnese, in Greece, that would terrorise the populace. Killing the lion was one of the Hercules twelve labourers. The lion’s death is placed in the constellation.
“Stay wild, moon child.” Riitta Klint
And more: The next may article cover ideas of what you might like to do as the next full moon eg liturgy or a few events.
PET AND ANIMAL BLESSING RITUAL, AND PET NAMING CEREMONY: FRIDAY, 2 OCTOBER 2020AT 8PM UK TIME LITURGY
Here’s your invitation. It will soon be the feast of Francis of Assisi (4 October) a man who loved animals and nature in all its wonder; and here’s an invitation for you, as one who cherishes nature, to join our Facebook live-streaming event – a liturgical, inclusive, global, loving nature-centred, Universe-affirming ritual.
Here is an outline of the main (liturgical, ‘wordy’) part, ‘the Work’ of the pet and animal blessing ritual that will happen at 8pm UK time, this Friday, live-streaming on my Facebook page – if you haven’t viewed that live-streaming page of mine before, please visit that page (as I think you need to initiate a friend link, first time) to view, if you haven’t already done so. That page is: https://www.facebook.com/tadhgjonathan.gardner
So, the liturgical words, below, might be assist you participate, so do please print them beforehand.
You are invited to view and/or participate, and so I hope to see you there!
Introduction :The purpose of our ritual this evening is to meet together as one global family to think of pets and animals, to cherish them, and offer gratitude to the Creator of Pets and animals and wild nature in all its splendour.
It seems appropriate to do this today as on 4 October, a few days time, it is the feast day of Francis of Assisi, who loved animals and nature in all its abundance.
Tonight, then we will offer gratitude to the Creator of All for our pets and animals, we will bless our pets, we will think of pets and animals in any kind of need, we will give thanks to departed pets, and we are privileged to also take part in a naming pet ceremony, too.
So, welcome, one and all, whenever you are, to our global family, to this pet and animal blessing ritual, tonight.
(The rest of the opening part of the ritual will follow previous rituals, and until a new, updated overall liturgy is printed, I’d like to guide you through that at the event with plenty of explanations of what is to happen, and so that won’t be added here.
However, the main part of the ritual, ‘the Work’, is the pet and animal blessing section is outlined below for you to print out, beforehand, if you wish to follow the ritual more closer. And, this is recommended. As with all rituals etc it might be good to have a candle and matches to hand.
For those of you that have sent in pet names (live or deceased) you might check through the appropriate section below to ensure I’ve got pet names spelled right. If you want to add pet names for blessings, I can still add until, say, four hours before the ritual – sending photos and pet names to my email address above.)
Here, then, is the main part, the significant part of the pet and animal blessing ritual.
GRATITUDE TO THE CREATOR OF ALL
Universe, Creator of All, manifold are your marvellous works. In great wisdom you have made them all; The earth is full of splendid creatures. When you open your hand They are filled with good things. When you cover your face They are distraught; When you take away their breath They wither and return… When you send forth your life-giving Spirit They are created; And you renew the face of the ground. Nothing is lost In the cycle of endless life.
(Based on Psalm 104: 24&28-30)
Maker of pets, and wild animals, of all that lives All creature praise you in their own fashion.
The sun setting on the horizon , Flying birds soar heavenward;
The roar of wild bears, And the frantic behaviour of small fish;
The soft purring of the cat, And the wide-eyed hungry tiger;
The swift cheetah, And the alert rabbit and hare;
The lapping of the loyal dog, The graceful decent of the pigeon dove;
And others, praise you in their own fashion.
God of a thousand wild animals, Who hears the music of the creatures. Resound throughout space and time, All creation praises you for life.
What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand or stare. No time to stand beneath the boughs And stand as long as sheep or cows. No time to see, when woods we pass Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass. No time to see, in broad daylight, Streams full of stars, like skies at night. No time to turn in Beauty’s glance, And watch her feet, how they dance. No time to wait till her mouth can Enrich that smile her eyes began. A poor life this if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare.
(William Henry Davies)
May we stand and stare in gratitude, in nature in all its wildness, To the Maker of All; and in silence, be thankful.
BLESSING OF OUR PETS LIVING WITH US
As each pet is named by me I will say, after, ‘Bless you [pet’s name] and your human companion, and both of you enjoy your company even more’. You might like to say the words, ‘Bless you’ to your pet at the same time. If you can touch the pet as each is blessed by me, that’s good, but visualising the pet in your mind’s eye is sufficient.
Bless you [pet’s name] and your human companion, and may both of you enjoy your company even more’.
And I will say after each of the following:
Angus (dog) Dugie (cat)
Cocoa (cat) Nichols (cat) Mui Mui (cat) Eve (dog) Clover (dog)
Mr Patch (dog)
Jacques Cousteau (dog) Luna (dog) Piper (dog) Simba (cat) Nala (cat)
Lugh Kalen (dog) Layla (cat)
Daisy (dog) Blu (dog) Phoebe (cat)
(Other names may be added until a few hours before the ritual, though they might not appear here, but they will be noted and included).
BLESSING OF OUR PETS PASSED ON
As each pet that has passed on is named by me I will say, after, ‘Bless you [pet’s name] and the love you brought to your human companion. You live on our memories’. You might like to say the words, ‘Bless you’ to your passed on pet at the same time, and visualise the pet in your mind’s eye.
‘Bless you [pet’s name] and the love you brought to your human companion. You live on in our memories’.
(Other names may be added until a few hours before the ritual, though they might not appear here, but they will be noted and included).
THINKING OF PETS AND ANIMALS IN NEED
May the healing power of Life itself Reach across the universe To all sentient life forms, Especially, but not only, to those who are endangered species, Or who are sick and suffering.
(There May be a few minutes for creative visualisation / meditation / music at this moment).
PET NAMING CEREMONY
Nancy has agreed for this to be part of our pet and animal ritual live-streaming event tonight, rather than this to be a one to one event live-streaming or an at-home ceremony for her and her new pet.
And so , tonight as you look on at home, do uphold Nancy and her new pet dog in your well-wishes as I conduct, now a brief, pet naming ritual.
Aware of our kinship with all creatures, and the responsibility placed on us for our pets, we turn to Nancy.
[Person’s name], do you have a name for your new, companion pet [dog, cat etc].
Person: I do.
What is his/her name to be?
Person: His/Her name is to be [pet’s name]
Okay, Nancy as you’re some distance from me and we’re doing this by live-streaming, I’d invite you to touch Oscar’s head, and as you do that I will say to your new companion…
I name you, Oscar
[Person’s name], Will you care for Oscar, and love and protect him, in good times and bad, as long as he lives?
Person: I will.
[Person’s name], I bless you with an abundance of good things in life as you share life with your companion [pet animal, name].
And, [pet’s name], I bless you with an abundance of good things in life as you share your life with [person’s name].
We give thanks for our dear pets who live alongside us as both companions and friends; for their loyalty, for their love, and for their trust which enrich our lives and give us joy.
And now, to all assembled here, or rather viewing as this is a live-streaming event at home, may we all send light and peace, love and well-wishes to Nancy and Oscar, by saying ‘so be it”, ‘yes’ or ‘amen’, or any word or phrase that you are comfortably with, now. Amen.
Bless both [person’s name] and [pet’s name].
(Now, we come to the ending of the ritual, as with the opening part, I’ll guide you through this at the actual event.
Meanwhile, do take care, and remember, you are most welcome at the pet and animal blessing ritual)
There are stories from antiquity that are still, oh so very relevant to us, and speak to us across the great distances of time. Here’s one from the time of ancient Celts and Druids, that tells of the way the Universe can benevolently ‘nudge’ circumstances in our favour, as it did for one young man.
Do bear in mind that to the ancient Celts and Druids the Hazel tree mentioned in this story was/is associated with ultimate wisdom.
The story goes, that:
…a young boy called Fionn, after his father died, was brought by his mother to a poet named Finnegas to be tutored and learn all he could, so that young Fionn could eventually join a group of well-renowned Irish warriors.
But, in order to join that mighty band of warriors, a man needed to have great wisdom and, yes, a knowledge of poetry. Finnegas the poet taught Fionn all he knew, and Fionn grew to be a fine young man.
Finnegas often talked wistfully about the myth of the salmon of knowledge. The salmon of knowledge was a fish that swam through the rivers of Ireland and nibbled at hazelnuts that dropped into the river (hence the ‘knowledge’ connection), but it was elusive, and so very difficult to catch. Anyone who caught it, however, and was first to eat that particular salmon would gain all the wisdom of the world.
Many months later as Fionn was studying, he heard Finnegas calling him frantically from outside. Running to the river, Fionn saw that the Finnegas had, indeed, caught the salmon of knowledge!
Finnegas the poet instructed the young man to cook the salmon, slowly, for him to eat later, but warned him not to taste the fish at all – Finnegas knew that this was the salmon of knowledge, and wanted that knowledge for himself, and not for the young man.
The young Fionn did as he was told and began cooking the fish over a crude fire. He watched it carefully so as not to burn it, and occasionally turned the fish, which was on a skewer, so it could be rotated and cooked evenly,
Some time later, Fionn saw that the fish was about to fall into the fire and ash. Immediately, reaching out, he grabbed the fish to push it back on the skewer, and in the process burned his thumb.
Without thinking, Fionn stuck his thumb in his mouth and sucked it to soothe the burn. Guess what? Several flakes of that salmon was ingested by Fionn.
When Finnegas the poet saw what Fionn had done, he grew very sad. Ultimate knowledge! He knew that he would never gain all the knowledge of the world that he desperately sought after, but, eventually, he grew to be happy at the thought that Fionn had gained that wisdom and he believed Fionn would be the greatest warrior the Fianna, that band of Irish warriors, had ever known.
And, indeed that was the case. Fionn grew to be leader of that mighty band of warriors, and became a great leader in Ireland.
And, that’s how Fionn obtained great nowledge, and is yet another example of how the Universe, the Great Spirit, the One Behind It All can so work things on our behalf, too. This was read at Tadhg’s Thought For The Day on Tuesday, 8 September 2020 at his live-streaming Facebook broadcast.
She walked, as she had done many times in the past into the Temple forecourts. The elderly, poor woman reached the point at the top of the staircase where she had to make an offering, and put in into the ornate plate. No one really saw her amble in, no one were aware her climb the stairs, slowly; no one was paying attention to her.
She furtively rummaged around in her purse, and found two coins. It was all she had. She took the money and put the two pence into the offertory plate, paused momentarily to say a quiet prayer, and moved to one side, almost invisibly.
A moment later there was a loud commotion as a rich man walked up the staircase. He was dressed in the finest suit, and wore the most expensive and opulent jewelry. He saw the offertory plate on the side and pulled out a fistful on money – probably about $500 or £500, and paused – his hand and the money ‘frozen’ over the offertory place, long enough for all to see his generosity of wealth. Minutes later, with his ego satiated he dropped the money and moved off, noisily.
The Universe stooped to take a better look. Both the elderly, poor woman and the rich young man were in the Universe’s single gaze.
‘A reward is due’, the Universe thought, and without any delay a golden, radiant, loving ray of light beamed from the Universe’s smiling countenance. downward. But, to whom? Who was the recipient?
Unbeknownst to the elderly, poor woman, the Universe blessed her with its golden light as she been humble and given all what she had, whereas the rich young man held back a lot, and displayed his works in public.
This was read at Tadhg’s Thought For The Day this morning at his live-streaming Facebook broadcast, but a few had asked for a printed version, and here it is. It is an ancient story that turns the world’s way of working on its head, and shows the Universe’s true ‘economy’ of love, and what is most important – a grateful and humble heart, connoting that small and intentional actions means the most.