FIREFALL: A POEM/ HYMN/ LITURGY FOR THIS TIME

Oh, Sun of Righteousness for All.
as on that ancient day.
when you looked upon us,
you smiled on humankind.
and let your fire fall.

Let your fire fall,
let your fire fall,
let your fire fall on us, today.

Oh, Benevolent Sharer of All.
shine your light and understanding now,
newness in mind, and body,
and in spirit, too.
Whisper long-sought words of wisdom to all.

Let your fire fall,
let your fire fall,
let your fire fall on us, today.

Oh, Power Behind It All.
may we know the heat of pure desire.
To be, to do, to act in love, authentically,
May our hearts and minds be open.
to hear your enlightened call.

Let your fire fall,
let your fire fall,
let your fire fall on us, today.

In a world of long shadows,
grant us, yet another fire-fall.

(2014 © Copyright Tadhg Jonathan. All Rights Reserved.

Creiddylad from Moon’s Poem: Poem, Liturgy Etc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The July Full Moon

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

In essence the article will cover:

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

Astro Details

Mercury

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

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

Venus

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

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

Mars

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

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

Saturn

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

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

Classic Poem

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

We have not heard the music of the spheres,

The song of star to star, but there are sounds

More deep than human joy and human tears,

That Nature uses in her common rounds;

The fall of streams, the cry of winds that strain

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

Of thunder breaking afar off, or rain

That falls by minutes in the summer night …

Moon

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

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

Moon: Northern phase

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

The names of the Moon’s:

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

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

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

The Moon By The Haiku Poem 

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

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

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

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


Bless you, Tadhg

June’s Full Moon: Data And Haiku

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

June’s Full Moon: Poem: Haiku

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

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

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

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

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

Moon’s Names For June

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

Meanwhile:

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

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

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

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

The:

– poem or liturgy follows, and the

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

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

Winter solstice approaches.

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

The trees are sleeping.
Deep roots are dreaming.

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

The trees are sleeping.
Deep roots are dreaming.

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

The trees are sleeping.
Deep roots are dreaming.

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

The trees are sleeping.
Deep roots are dreaming.

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

The trees are sleeping.
Deep roots are dreaming.

Winter solstice approaches.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Ephemera: The Full Moon (And Others), And Events You Might Enjoy

The next full moon starts on 27 February 2021 in the constellation of Leo the Lion in the south-east northern hemisphere. Here are a few ideas to make the full moon to make your different and enjoyable. Such as:

  • Sister Moon, Adapted Part of the Canticle: Liturgy
  • Moon Months Names (Liturgy or Poem)
  • Moon Bathing (Walking, Meditation, Saining etc)
  • Writing A Letter And Letting It Go

SISTER MOON: RITUAL: PART OF THE CANTICLE OF THE SUN BY FRANCIS (ADAPTED)
This liturgy/poem may be used in its entirety, though some of it more slightly covers the full moon.

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.

MOON MONTH NAME/S: POEM/RITUAL
Here’s a poem/liturgy for the full moon for each month of the year. You can use the particular month’s moon that refers to the actual one month that refers to it, or you might like to say all twelve month’s verse and slowly use the appropriate month.

JANUARY
The night air is still, Quiet Moon,
and frost on the ground is strewn.
Sounds are muted and all is at rest,
Warmed we are, and so truly blessed.
We remember you in our praise tonight,
this betwixt, magical time of twilight.

FEBRUARY
Moon of Ice, we greet you well,
your smile charms us like a subtle spell.
And, as upward we crane our necks to look,
you write love-letters on our heart’s invisible book.
As you look down upon us and see
in us a reflection of the Immutable Three.

MARCH
Open our hearts, our intellect and mind,
and search our ways, so that in you we find,
the reason for the smile on your face.
It is the ‘Moon of Winds’ Creator’s grace.
And, in gratitude and awe,
we cry out, insatiably, for more.

APRIL
We welcome you Growing Moon,
whose face is carved like a sublime, ancient rune,
to remind us to look above and beyond,
to revere your light in that ancient pond,
to honour with all, and with our soul,
honour you, the One Behind It All.

MAY
The Bright Moon is May’s delight,
look kindly on Earth’s children tonight.
May we be blessed forever to be,
One with you, Eternal Three.
That divisions here on Earth, may cease,
as we celebrate this night as your timely feast.

JUNE
We honour you, Moon of Mead,
and lift up our heads, lift up our need,
that in you, you will supply,
our humble requests, hear our plaintive cry.
That we might be blessed in your light,
and revel in oneness this summer’s night.

JULY
We celebrate midsummer, Oh Moon of Corn,
that from darkness, you are now full-born.
Around us mirth and joy is heard,
You light the world by the Creator’s word.
Teach us to listen and observe
to nature’s wisdom, to love all, and all to serve.

AUGUST
Welcome Barley Moon, a beaming light
o’er the golden grain at night.
Reflecting sun, giving food for our table,
you hang there in a sky, in a sea the colour of sable.
Your light now full, this month in size you grew.
Dear bright moon, we welcome you.

SEPTEMBER
Welcome Singing Moon, of mirth and merriment,
of lovers’ poems, and words of lament.
At the close of day, upward many look and think,
and celebrate your beauty in song and drink.
And then in silence and awe,
we contemplate your beneficial, wholesome, tidal law.

OCTOBER
Welcome Harvest Moon, new light reborn,
keeping watch over the cultivated corn.
As the temperatures fall and air begins to chill,
as owl noises can be heard from dale and hill,
so may we, in wonderment, pause and be still.

NOVEMBER
Ah, Moon of Snow, we welcome you,
yellow light in a sea of blue.
Created by the One Behind It All,
Arianrhod, by your name we call,
you, once again, to be,
and seek you, from incumbrance us free.

DECEMBER
Cold Moon hanging in the darkened sky,
your love, your power, your face forever shy.
In awe we gaze upward, and and question, ‘why?’
Why should the Moon-Maker gift us,
with your smile so beauteous?
Cold Moon hanging in the darkened sky.

MOON BATHING (FULL MOON): 
WALKING, MEDITATION, SAINING, KATAPHATIC AND APOPHATIC SPIRITUALITY Moon bathing means basking yourself under the full moon – so that you can see the full moon, other  you can’t see it, or that it is full somewhere close.

It fills you with positive energy, can boost you, rejuvenates you and creates you with new life changes. It can be used with meditation or with liminal ‘dream-like’ encounters.

So, the ‘direct’ method means immersing yourself into nice, warm water. The ‘indirect’ method means you can spend some time out of the house at the time of the full night and walk under it, or bask it in your house under a rug.

If walking under the night’s full moon it would be good to just gaze at it, or think or gaze deeply. Moonbeams are powerful. If done by your garden, you might have a nice wine or a nice cup of herbal tea – maybe echinacea, or nettle, or lavender, or camomile etc.

If walking in a bath or without using water but laying on a rug, you could mediate – if you are using a kind of liminal ‘dream-like’, Kataphatic encounter, then you might like to use a liminal adventure in a forest or beach at which the moon is present, and use its energies permeate yourself directly.

You might use a rose petals for the bath. Oh, our for laying  under the rug you would might think of saining , or using one of those fragrance diffusers (with appropriate ‘oil’ diffusers such as with frankincense or myrrh).

Whatever you do, do be safe – if using water don’t use too much and not too hot, if you use a candle etc then be careful with yourself, with children or animals, and ensure fabrics.

If using a bath or if laying under a rug you might like to try a liminal ‘dreamless’ encounter. It’s  best, then,  to have a clock to encourage you to  stop at ten or twenty minutes, and during that time you ask, think or look at ‘nothing’. This is called apophatic meditation or spirituality, and purposely seems of ‘nothing’ as the Source of All, as the Source of All is incomprehensible.

WRITING A LETTER AND LETTING IT GO
At the time of the full moon is the best time to release to write. You could write a letter to yourself about the things you are worried about, or you might want to rid yourself of a habits, or add something about doing something positive. Or you might write a letter about someone who needs positive energy or similar, but the letter is never sent to them. I would suggest you write the letter on use water-solvable paper so it can be dissolved and not seen by anyone at the end of the event. Even a paper-shredder is usable. However, for safety-sake I wouldn’t encourage you burning the letter.

CONCLUSION
I hope the few ideas mentioned here are useful to you, and I’d be pleased to see any ideas that you have used times at after times, showing me to then, please. In all cases intentionality is important. Do have a wonderful event this full moon event.

Blessings from Tadhg.


[The moon header photograph is copyrighted: All rights reserved, 2020, Pennie Ley (see here). Used  with permission. Many thanks Pennie.]