Replay Of My Poem As Performed By Friends

My friends at Seattle Unity Church read the poem as part of their Christmas celebration last year or two, 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. It’s about 58 seconds into the video clip.

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

Welsh First Harvest Etc. Liturgy Or Celebration

Here is Lammas, Harvest, Lughnasadh or Gwyl Awst as in Wales, and one was mentioned by me some five years. It’s great to use the 1 August date over a few time of the beginning of the close liturgy or celebration for the day

East:
Blessed are you, Storm-Bringer,
who opens the doors of the sky.
for the winds to blow, to scatter the seed.

South:
Praise to you, Giver of Sunshine,
whose mighty handiwork warms the soil;
a discreet and holy womb for life to grow.

West:
Blessed are you, Maker of Rain,
who calls forth the refreshing waters to flow,
to nurture life into green plenitude.
Viriditas.

North:
Praise to you, Source of Plenty.
who blesses all the earth in many ways,
and creates an abundance,
for our daily bread.

Spirit.
Spirit of All, we give you thanks.
that you have blessed us with.
gifts of the earth on this table,
at this Lammastide.
May we, like you, share our bread with others,
that they may be blessed, too.

(Tadhg Jonathan © Copyright 2016)

Yes, Encountering The Òran Mór: Reviewed

Have you ever sat a profound sound and its affected you? Has is closed our eyes? Has it affected you your words?

Perhaps, you know it is the Òran Mór?

It is by many ancient Scottish people, and by very much by the the Welsh and by of the local islands, here, too.

Some call this as the word or the Word of the creation reaction, or some called it a music, whilst others of a Celtic or Druidic persuasion call it.

Yes, the Òran Mór, is pronounced as ‘orr-ran mor’ or as ‘oh-rahn mohr’. The words differ, but the wonderfully W deep meaning persists. Òran Mór, the Great Song or Great Music, song of the universe, was (and is) the continual love song of the Source of All.

‘…while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy’. Job 38.7 The Book

If each of us vibrates into that mindful and spirituality (in all part of the Celtic, Druid, Christian and other faithful music and words),  is ‘dancing’ us in energetic, as in the to the music of the Òran Mór.

If interested, I would encourage to you see my article called the ‘Encountering The Òran Mór’, from February of 2018 – linked 

at: 

Encountering The Òran Mór

Bless you.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Divine Essence Ablazes… (Reviewed)

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.

Ephemera: The Ice Moon: 27 February 2021

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.