The Festival of Lughnasadh is the festival of Harvest, celebrated around 1st August. Share in the preparation of all the Festivals of the ancient Irish with the Druid Forest School worldwide courses: www.druidforestschool.com/courses
Take stock: What talents have you harvested so far this year???
Honour your harvest. Honour those who support you: your Tribe. Honour the Land that supports you: your home and the sacred earth.
The Festival of Lughnasadh is the celebration of the harvest of our individual and our joint Tribal efforts in the year, so far.
The Festival of Lughnasadh is also overshadowed by the approach of winter. The Tribe has to prepare for winter as it celebrates the Harvest. The powers of Darkness must be defeated. You need your Harvest to weather any hard times in the future.
The main theme of the Festival of Llughnasadh was feast celebrating the successful reaping of benefits from the Land by the Tribe, the communal enjoyment of first fruits was the high point of the day’s ritual.
Lughnasadh combines key cosmic sacred themes of the Land and the Tribe. And for the ancient Irish, it was the transition from the culture of the Land (The Formorians) to the spirit of the Tribe (The Tuatha de Danaan), that underlies the Book of Invasions, and this was the difference between the two sides at the Second Battle of Moytura (Maigh Tuireadh), fought near our Healing Centre in the West of Ireland, in the Irish Iron Age.
At Llughnasadh, we hear the call of the new god, Llugh, that was the catalyst for the members and the gods of the Tuatha de Danaan, to value the manifestation of the special and individual skills of each of them, and thus be able to use individual and very special crafts and skills to defeat the more cloddish, vicious and less civilised lower-consciousness Formorians.
We each incarnate to burn negative karmas, and also to develop and manifest our own special unique special skills. Llugh is the catalyst for this. He thus calls us to bring in the harvest of our talents at Lughnasadh.
And so at Lughnasadh, a key theme of any celebration is recounting the call of Llugh for each member of the Tuatha to name and bring in his own special talents, as at the Second Battle of Moytura that the Tuatha fought against the dark Formorians above Loch Arrow, near here.
The issue is also our personal sovereignty. For the Tuatha de Danaan, their victory at the Second Battle of Moytura was yearly sealed by the annual mating of the War Goddess the Morrigan and the Good God, The Dagda, both standing astride the River Unshin where it flows from the Loch, to wend its way to its mouth at the Atlantic Ocean near Carrowmoor. Thus the sovereignty of the Tribe and its Land was sealed.
The issue is also about reverencing and relying upon the Goddess of the Land, she who provides, she who now rules as Queen of the Harvest.
And the Festival of Lughnasadh also calls us to value skills of communication, creative thought and breakthrough, just as Llugh used eloquent oratory to call each member of the Tuatha de Danaan to value themselves and their individual special skills. And thus the Celts linked Llugh to Mercury, but of course, there is also a lightning, revolutionary, fore-front creative Uranian dimension to him too!
And it is these words that inspire the people, win the Goddess for the Tuatha are the people of the Goddess Danu and the actions the words inspire that defeat the cruel blinding heat of the Sun, that defeat Balor: Balor of the evil Eye.
Spring Equinox Sacred Weapons and Alphabets with the Druid Forest School
I want to share with you the power of the Spring Equinox Festival, and how its celebration can grow in power and richness with use of sacred weapons, ancient magical sacred alphabets and alignment to the growing brightness of the Sun.
Following Spring Equinox ritual, you can set an intention of day by day checking out: ‘am I aligning with the day by day growing power of the Sun between now and the Summer Solstice?’
To connect with the Sun is a good and healing and sacred and empowering thing to do. I look out at the Sun rising above the mountain every morning and connect with the beauties of the earth sky and sea around here.
And the point is, the ancient Irish were sharing in the growing power of the Sun from the Spring Equinox five thousand years ago too.
We celebrated Spring Equinox not only with ritual and visionary journeying, but also with a Group visiting the three great related temple/burial mounds of the ancient Irish:
Knowth which is aligned to both Equinoxes New Grange which is aligned to the birth of the new Sun at the Winter Solstice Sunrise Dowth Winter which is aligned to the birth of the new Sun at Solstice Sunset.
You, yourself, can now align to the ever-growing light and power of the Sun. That is the key theme of Spring Equinox.
You can establish a benchmark intention of your expression of your self expanding and getting more comfortable and central as the Sun himself grows day by every day up to Summer Solstice.
You can check out if you are keeping to your intention. You can check out if you are keeping on course.
In this Spring Equinox newsletter, I want to share with you the power of the Spring Equinox Festival. You can set an intention of day by day checking out: ‘am I aligning with the day by day growing power of the Sun between now and the Summer Solstice?’ It’s a good and healing and empowering thing to do. I look out at the Sun rising above the mountain every morning and connect with the beauties of the earth sky and sea around here. And the point is, the ancient Irish were sharing in the growing power of the Sun from the Spring Equinox five thousand years ago too. And in my newsletters and blogs, I seek to offer the astrology insight that will help us negotiate the sometimes easy sometimes tortuous or held back energies over that time scale, and also, I teach contact with the ancient Irish festivals and their wonderful empowering Gods.
To start off our personal and Druid Forest School journey to rise with the growing power of the Sun from Spring Equinox onwards.
Then, Maggie and I celebrated Spring Equinox with a Group visiting the three great related temple/burial mounds of the ancient Irish:
Knowth which is aligned to both Equinoxes New Grange which is aligned to the birth of the new Sun at the Winter Solstice Sunrise Dowth which is aligned to the birth of the new Sun at Solstice Sunset. (more…)
These Festivals are immensely powerful gateways into the natural rhythms of Earth, Sea and Sky and also connection to our ideal self.
We are celebrating the Spring Equinox in Foxford, County Mayo, in the far west of Ireland this Saturday March 24th and you will be welcome. Contact Michael Conneely or Maggie Pashley through our Druid Forest School or Foxford airbnb websites.
You can also prepare for, celebrate and build on all the Festivals through my Druid Forest school Worldwide course: www.druidforestschool.com
If we celebrate these ancient festivals authentically and creatively in the way that is right for us each as an individual, these festivals contribute to our lives with power and healing – and fulfillment of who we were born to be!
Our ancestors felt great significance in the turning of the seasons, their link to the fertility of the land. They put stupendous effort into constructing monuments with exact astronomical alignments.
They felt it was of crucial importance to be one with the great cycles of energy of the stars, the Sun and the Moon.
Enable their true flame to grow in your heart and mind so you can express and speak your true and beautiful vision, your Heart Song and your truth.
Share connection to the great cycles of the Earth and the Heavens.
Do ritual, vision work and make deep connection to the Goddesses and the Gods of the ancient Irish.
I will be honoured to share this in-depth journey of healing and empowerment with you.
Together we work through the ritual year.
We make a journey of connection to Earth, the Sea and the Sky, and to the sacred weapons of the tuatha de Danaan and to the Goddess and Gods of the ancient Irish
And, as with all my courses, I share with you your personal western and Vedic Astrology: natal and predictive. This offers us much food for thought and guidance. A very special bonus.
Deepen your connection with the spiritual heritage of the ancient Irish.
Connect to their festivals.
Create community around this task.
Each of us flowers as a human being, with his or her own special divine spark, in the celebration of this practice.
As a separate possibility, we offer sacred tours to the many sacred sites all with an hour of our Healing Centre with linked airbnb. These places of deep and great sacred Earth Energies include: Carrowmoor, Carrowkeel, Rathcroghan, the site of the Second Battle of Moytura and Croagh Patrick mountain: see: www.foxfordairbnb.com
There are also courses to make visionary contact with the great Gods and Goddesses of the Tuatha de Danaan. See www.druidforestschool.com.
I look forward to hearing from you and to working with you,
Krittika Nakshatra is the 3rd of the 27 Nakshatras, the wonderful and powerfully declarative Lunar Signs of Vedic Astrology.
Learn all about Krittika and its warrior challenges, plus all of the Nakshatras, in my dedicated Nakshatras course: www.nakshatrasadvancedcourse.com In Part 1, you learn each of the Nakshatras in turn, focusing on your chart and mine so as to keep the discussion caring genuine and authentic. Where neither of us have a planet in any given Nakshatra, you bring in family friends or celebrity charts. And in Part 2 of my Nakshatras Course, you learn the powerful techniques of astrological analysis using Nakshatras and Nakshatra Techniques.
Have a look at this video about Krittika:
The Ruler of Krittika Nakshatra is the Sun who can be angry and fight. Krittikas are possessed of intense awareness and the ability to undergo purification. They have a lot of energy and pride. Krittika spans 26°40′ Vedic Aries – 10° Vedic Taurus and its symbol is a knife.Its deities are: Agni, the god of fire and Karttikeya, the general of the heavenly army. Its Keywords are: heroic, sharp, protecting, full of initiatives. Its translation is: ‘the one who cuts’. Essentially, this is a malefic Nakshatra. This is jailor energy and is not easy at all.
Favorably, Krittikas are motivated achievers who acquire many things; bright with strong appetites, goal oriented people who like to get the bottom line and go for what they want. This is the survivor; dignified and taking a pride in what they do. They will honor their commitments; be a good leader and straightforward.
But unfavourably, Krittikas are piercing, criticizing and fault-finding. Intimidating, with cutting blunt manners, though they can put on the social graced. They are not open to advice; hard to please; impatient and respond too strongly to challenges. They set goals or expectations too high; and definitely burn out their health by constant and unrelenting activity.
In the sky, Krittika is positioned in the form of a group of stars called “The Pleiades“, or the “weeping sisters” as they are sometimes called. The warrior may bring destruction and sadness. However, he may also be the protector of the good and the destroyer of evil. The warrior knows what he wants and he is prepared to give his life in order to protect what is good.
To learn about Krittika and any of the Nakshatras, and they powerful techniques of Nakshatra analysis, have a look at my Nakshatras course: www.nakshatrasadvancedcourse.com
It is the Equal of The Matter of Britain that brought to us the great King Arthur, and the druid magician who made his greatness possible: Merlin.
Like these three others, it brings down to us through time, a Golden Age, when Gods walked the earth through their Avatars and emanations.
The Book of Invasion was written by medieval monks, but it preserved epic history that came down from the iron Age of a time when Gods walked the earth.
The medieval monks could not really encompass the greatness of the Beings, nor the divine power of the materials they were writing about, but they could not diabolise the Tuatha de Danaan too much for fear of upsetting the Irish nobles who, let’s face it, were paying the monastic scriptoria for the great tale, and demanded enough truth to the Epic which hitherto had come down through oral transmission of Druids and Bards.
And so, we have to see past the monks horrible caricaturising of the great Good God, the Dagda.
You can work on making genuine authentic personal vision connection to these great Gods and Goddesses of the ancient Irish through the courses of my Druid Forest School: www.druidforestschool.com/courses
Find your own true and life-giving connection with the true nature of The Morrigan, the Ethical Defender of our Sovereignty, and also of The Dagda, the giving, sexual, warrior, regenerative Good God.
And it is their relationship that perpetuated the sacred people of the Tuatha de Danaan. It was their mating at Samhain, and every Samhain, that assured the Tuatha de Danaan victory. It is this relationship of sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine that is the true nature of these two great beings, and their true gift to modern people.
Now is the time to see and benefit from their dignity, their beauty and their gift to us.
They are the God and Goddess of the Sacred Land, and they renew it and give it power at their annual mating astride the River Unshin which flows from Loch Arrow to its mouth in the Atlantic Ocean next to Carrowmore (which itslef includes a huge Samhain alignment of the central tomb: Listogil).
Meeting and developing visionary connection with the Gods and goddess of the Tuatha de Danaan is more and more possible.
They, themselves, retreated to the mounds and barrows after the coming of the Milesians, perceiving that humanity could only caricaturise and devalue them.
But now following W B Yeats and Lady Gregory and the Celtic revival, the time is right for their message and their beauty and specialness to be heard and seen again.
We also meet Manannan, the eerie God of the sea and its tides and mists, Ogma, the warrior who invented writing, Llugh: Lord of the Harvest of our talents.
Once again Corra will be restored to her sacred mountain from where she was thrown in 432 to be consigned to the Loch below the mountain.
The Four treasures of the Tuatha de Danaan fully radiate their power and beauty again. once more we walk the Ogham pathways and sense the Celtic Otherworlds.
We meet once more Boann, Oengus Og. Many are meeting and learning to understand the Irish hero Fionn mac Cumhall, leader of the warrior band: the Fianna.
We can feel the sacred energies placed in the ground and the rocks at Carrowmore, Carrowkeel, Ben Bulben, the dragon energies in the mountain now called Croagh Patrick, and so many more sacred places of Ireland.
There’s the purity and force of Brigid’s Imbolc fire. And we grow in understanding Danu, the Mother of them all. There’s the Healers: Dian Cecht, Miach and Airmed. We seek to meet and learn: who was great Ernmas? And what is the nature of the triple Goddess?
Lough Arrow and the battlefield is only 35 miles from the Healing Centre and airbnb that Maggie Pashley and I run in Foxford in beautiful County Mayo in the stupendously beautiful far West of Ireland, where we offer holidays, holidays with healings, retreats and Sacred Ireland Tours.