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Tara Celebrations get-togethers are founded on 8 solar festivals. These mark an annual cycle through the year in the western European traditions - often, nowadays, talked of as the Celtic Year.
|Around the world others, either in community or individually, also celebrate the eight-fold year. |
We draw on and gain inspiration from them and all cultures celebrating our lives on earth.
Your spirit is welcome to join with us. If you cannot attend in person you are invited to light a candle and link in spiritually.
|Looking at the eastern horizon we notice that each day the sun rises in a different place, |
slowly moving up and down from the extremes of the solstices...
|.... and at mid-day the sun is low in the sky at winter solstice moving to be high and above us in the summer. |
We are fortunate in this part of the world to experience a seasonal cycle of extended daylight and extended darkness. There are no seasons at the Equator as the sunlight arrives onto the earth at about the same angle every day. At the North and South Pole extremes rule the day - in the Northern summer there is all day sunlight and all is darkness in the winter. These differences are caused by the tilt of the earth.
|And, of course, we are based in the Northern Hemisphere of earth. |
When the sun is low in the sky and rising in the south east, our winter time,
those in the southern lands are basking in the hot days of the summer
Thus the 8 celebrations focus on the effect of the sun's movement as changes in the landscape. We notice how the bare trees of winter sprout their vibrant spring foliage, become lush and green in summer, hiding bird's nests and providing shelter for hot sheep. Then, as the sun moves south, the land cools, shadows lengthen and fruits form from summer's abundant flowers. We gather a harvest, ready for the return to the bareness and bleak cold of winter.
Living in tune with our local natural world often leads to a better understanding of what is occuring in our own physical, emotional, mental and spiritual life. As we move through the seasons, experiencing their rhythms and qualities, we come to understand the challenges and joys of our own lives.
The energies of the dawn, east, spring and our infant projects.
The energies of noon, south, summer and our growing projects.
The energies of the sunset, west, autumn and our mature projects.
The energies of the night, north, winter and our completed projects, our births and rebirths on the spiralling cycle of our lives.
A note on actual timings of celebrations:
Togetherwe set out on our journey through the seasons of the year, startingat the first of four transformational Fire Festivals, Samhain.
Andimmediately we are faced with a conundrum. When pre-planning for acelebration one of the choices is whether to hold it on the 'old' or 'new' date. The background to this is Pope Gregory XIII 's decision,in 1582, to introduce a new calendar.
The outcome being that since1752 most of Europe and subsequently the world, has measured the daysby this Gregorian system. Hence, two calendar days might beattached to festivals, the 'old' Julian date and the 'new' Gregorian. For instance:
Samhain Eve is generally accepted as 31 October, yet many recognise11 November, St. Martin's Day, as the correct date.
Gregory reallyliked to stir thingsup and another major change was that the start of the year moved to 1January from 'old' Julian25 March. Another was that, in 1752, 10 days were taken out of thatyear.
|Time and again, we celebrate these changes in our environment. |
We notice that our lives often reflect change happening in a cycle.
As I mature I think, I have been in this situation before.
I look back and see the pattern of my life. Humans love finding patterns.
Many thanks to Anne for sharing these cards she drew on 27th October 2019 - the day of the New Moon in Scorpio. They are from the Earth Magic deck by Stephen D. Farmer.
Perfect cards as we change from Summer time to Winter time and a reminder of the ebb and flow between two solstices. Perfect depiction of the concept of the waxing and waning of the apparent changing strength of the sun in it's annual cycle.
All welcome to share in celebrating Winter Solstice 2019. Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah celebrations are on the horizon and we can start planning, but for now enjoy the exquisite light in the dark mists and skeletal landscapes of late autumn.
Samhain is the dark start of the new yearly cycle.
The year seems at its most oppressive. But into this darkness the light is re-born.
At Imbolc we loose the shackles of dark Samhain. It's the time when the seed splits it's shell and starts on it's new journey.
Brighter days are on their way.
Flowers, leaves and buds erupt and proclaim the vibrancy of life. The underlying energies sponsor expasion, growth, fun, play, joy, bounty and invigoration.
The light of the sun on the wheel of the year stands in the mid-point, before moving into the Darkening.
Festival of the first harvest
The harvest continues with the sharing of the abundance of our year's efforts in seeding, nurturing and feeding our crops.
Other Notable Dates and Festivals
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Seasons and Moon phases
Dates and times for Dublin, Ireland.