W B Yeats The Lake Isle of Innisfree with Michael Conneely Sligo Coast Healing Centre and Air BnB
This reading of W B Yeats The Lake Isle of Innisfree is filmed at Loch Gill, County Sligo in the far West of Ireland. Michael Conneely and Maggie Pashley run a healing Centre on the Sligo Coast in the heart of W B Yeats Country on the Wild Atlantic Way. See: maggiepashley.com
I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee;
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet’s wings.
I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.
W B Yeats The Hosting of the Sidhe with Michael Conneely Sligo Coast Healing Centre and Air BnB
This reading of The Hosting of the Sidhe is filmed at Loch Gill, County Sligo in the far West of Ireland. Michael Conneely and Maggie Pashley run a healing Centre on the Sligo Coast in the heart of W B Yeats Country on the Wild Atlantic Way. See: maggiepashley.com
“The Hosting of the Sidhe” by W. B. Yeats
The host is riding from Knocknarea
And over the grave of Clooth-na-Bare;
Caoilte tossing his burning hair,
And Niamh calling Away, come away:
Empty your heart of its mortal dream.
The winds awaken, the leaves whirl round,
Our cheeks are pale, our hair is unbound,
Our breasts are heaving, our eyes are agleam,
Our arms are waving, our lips are apart;
And if any gaze on our rushing band,
We come between him and the deed of his hand,
We come between him and the hope of his heart.
The host is rushing ‘twixt night and day,
And where is there hope or deed as fair?
Caoilte tossing his burning hair,
And Niamh calling Away, come away.
The Duile are the nine elements system and body energy work spiritual practice of the ancient Irish Druids. Fortunately for later humanity, it preserved in a later surviving manuscript (like another mystical energy work practice of the ancient Irish Druids: The Cauldrons of Poesy), where our own body is healed, strengthened and vastly empowered and so our sense of our body becomes ever more strongly a beautiful powerful microcosm of the macrocosm: The Cosmic Man/Woman. ‘As above, so below’.
Like all Irish Druid spirituality the practices, beliefs and histories were originally orally-preserved, and just a few of them survived to come down to us because they were written up in medieval manuscripts by often unsympathetic medieval Irish monks, who of course were blind to the spiritual wealth that they were handling – often at the request of rich patrons who wanted the old magic, the old stories! The Manuscript presenting this ancient Irish Druid visionary mystical body energy work is attributed to Amergin, the ancient Irish bard and poet of the Milesians, who invaded Ireland after the Tuatha de Danaan. The poem was re-written in the 7th Century and later copied into a 16th Century Manuscript (Legal codex H.3.18, Trinity College, Dublin). So: so very thankfully: the wisdom has survived!
Please watch this Video explaining more:
So, what are the nine elements of the ancient Irish Druids? Well, first of all, here’s a list of the nine elements that the ancient Irish Druids worked with, and just a tiny but beautiful and magical selectin from the many indicators for each that the Druids used:
Element Magical Tools/Correspondences
1. Bones Stone of Destiny
2. Flesh Nemeton: The Sacred grove
3. Hair Plant Life, Ogham and Herbs
4. Blood Sea, West, Cauldron
5. Breath Wind, The Sword of Nuada
6. Mind The Well of Segais
7. Face Sun, The Spear of Lugh
8. Brain Imbas (Inspiration)
9. Head Heaven, The Torque
Next, here’s a brief selection of wonderful realisations that the very inspired and able students working with the Druid Forest School have come to: just in their work with the first element: The Bones: their bones!
1. Bones as Protective framework
2. Bones as Cage/ladder for our energy system
3. Bones as Solidity of our Self
4. Bones as Magical intention storage place
5. Stronger sense of our bones gives us stronger realisation that we are part of and connected to and one with the universe. This strengthens both our sense of our self and it also strengthens our sense of the nature of the universe.
Doing the exercise helps us really appreciate our skeleton and its structure, the way it protects all our vital organs, and acts as a frame and even shock-absorber for our journey through life. The more you contemplate it, the more amazing it becomes! We are held upright and strong by this scaffolding for our wonderful flesh.
Our bones can act as a storehouse for our personal power and magical spiritual intentions. This ties in with Healing Techniques that deal with the holding of energies in the body: both harmful energies implanted there that need to be healed, but also magical, inspiriting energies too. See: maggiepashley.com/
On the question of holding magical intention in our Bones, Maggie advises: ‘I think it all depends on intention. I think storing energy in the bones sounds like a great idea. In Metamorphic Technique we always said that the bones represented energy and power and life itself. The Taoists have a practice called bone breathing to strengthen Kidney Qi.
I think it is important to follow our own guidance rather and inner knowing rather than being over influenced by what others say.’
I mentioned above the sense of our unity with the Cosmos, the concept of Cosmic Man/Woman, what in the Vedic Indian tradition is known as Purusha. Another expression of this oh-so-valuable concept is the Song of Amergin:
The Song of Amergin
Here is an extract of The Song of Amergin was composed by Amergin, son of Mile, Ollamh or Chief Druid of the invading Milesians. Amergin composed this poem when the Milesians landed in the West of Ireland, intent on defeating the wonderful god-like Tuatha de Danaan. This poem clearly shows the oneness of the man with the whole of nature, and it shows the power of our ability to shape-shift:
I am Wind on Sea,
I am Ocean-wave,
I am Roar of Sea,
I am Bull of Seven Fights,
I am Vulture on Cliff,
I am Dewdrop,
I am Fairest of Flowers,
I am Boar of Boldness,
I am Salmon in Pool,
I am Lake on Plain…
I am Word of Skill,
I am the Point of the Weapon of combats,
I am God who fashioned Fire for a Head…….
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…)