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2019 - Celebration

This year the moon set at 11.06am on Sunday, which might have been quite appropriate that the moon and sun were in the sky together in the morning, then the moon disappeared as we celebrated going into the dark time of the year. And it was Mid-Summer Eve on 23rd of course.

Intention Set

At the planning meeting at Samhain there was no identified host for this festival. Pat invited ideas and suggestions via the internet and intentions for the get-together were for a shared lunch, chats and meditation. Everyone was invited to turn up and go with the flow.

Pat would do a meditation...

'I'm bringing a drum so strap yourselves in'.

Pat shares his thoughts on the day:

Summer Solstice Celebration 2019 - Bective Mill, Meath, Ireland

We gathered this year to celebrate Summer Solstice at one of our favourite haunts of late, Bective Mill.

This is where our meditation / healing circle meets every Monday (@ 8pm – all welcome)

and the venue has become our “Plan B” option if there is any doubt as to where we should hold our Celebrations.

After the usual chit-chat and banter we quietened down and were led on a wonderful Shamanic Journey complete with drumming.

(Let there be no mention of the fact that said drum was adorned by the crest of the County of Dublin and is seen in one of our photographs being proudly held by a MEATH woman!)

However, all is fair in Love and Meditation, so there was no animosity among the group – we ARE all friends after all!

An interesting, insightful and enjoyable “Open Heart” session followed as well as a healing circle during which healing was bestowed on all present as well as absent friends and the whole of our wonderful planet.

We talked of the wonderful properties of the Sun – how our whole solar system revolves around it and about it’s life-giving and healing energy.

We then adjourned to the bit that I suspect we’d all secretly been longing for – the Celebratory Feast. People had brought amazing food from sandwiches to fruit platters to cakes… chocolates, more fruit, organic apple juice and more.

We talked and laughed and shared in a beautiful feast to celebrate the longest day of sunlight in the year – Summer Solstice - as our ancestors have been doing for Millennia.

Their presence was certainly felt and we toasted them and our descendants too – as we are THEIR ancestors.

Eventually it was time to reluctantly part and we headed home, each bringing with them the memories and the energy of a joyous, fun-filled, (& stomach-filled!) Solstice Celebration.

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Friday 21st June - Hill of Tara - Soaking up the Solstice Sun

Anne Newman shares her experience of 21st June on Tara.

It was a Summer Solstice morning and I headed to The Well of the White Cow at the Hill of Tara for Y & C's ceremony.

13 people, and 2 dogs gathered there and we were joined by bees, butterflies and birds flying around the surrounding hawthorn hedge. Crows and pigeons added their song to the doings. The cows loudly lowed in the field surrounding the well as they circled the hedge.

When we opened sacred space they settled. It was so peaceful there listening to the trickling of the water as it flowed towards the road.

A rook perched in one of the tall ash trees and watched the proceedings, calling occasionally and then flew off with a final loud approving caw as we finished up.

While we sat in the warm sun afterward, eating fruit, strawberries, grapes, pears, a robin sang from the hawthorn tree and a chaffinch added his chiff chaffs as we chatted, catching up with friends, making new ones. patting dogs and soaking up the solstice sun.

It was great to feel the warmth and lie on the grass by the ash tree watching the clouds shape shifting in the blue sky.

A blessed time in the warm solstice sun by the sacred well.

Thanks to Anne for drawing attention to the piece from 1997 about the Druid's celebrations on Tara from the RTE Archives - read more here...

and this piece about the Saint John's Eve traditions in Co. Clare - read more here...

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John AF was also on The Hill during the evening and shares these photos, so evocative of Tara and the times...

.... it felt like a pure privelige to experience the Hill of Tara s calming relaxing energies on Summer Solstice last. No better place in the world on the day.

A beautiful black and white Ashy Mining Bee visited our garden in Bakewell, Derbyshire.

This delightful little bee journeyed from flower to flower... a solitary bee enjoying the mid-summer sun.

Nora.



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Opening lines from:

For Calling the Spirit Back from Wandering the Earth in Its Human Feet

found in Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings by Joy Harjo (In June 2019, she was named the United States Poet Laureate, being the first Native American to be appointed)

Put down that bag of potato chips, that white bread, that bottle of pop.
Turn off that cellphone, computer, and remote control.
Open the door, then close it behind you.
Take a breath offered by friendly winds. They travel the earth gathering essences of plants to clean.
Give it back with gratitude.

Thanks to Sid for heads up on this beautiful verse.