CELTIC RAINBOW SCHOOL OF SHAMANISM
By Dermot O'Hara
Solstice takes place in Winter and Summer it marks the end of the Sun Gods Lugh or the Oak Kings cycle or reign-Summer. This celebrates the Sun at the heights of its power. Solstice hails the beginning of change or rebirth. At this time people gathered
mistletoe and saint-john worth and brought it into their homes for protection.
Midsummer Day is the day we mark the completion of the Suns journey within the Celtic Wheel. From this day forward the Suns Light begins to dwindle as the days yet again withdraw with the growth of the young Holly King of Darkness. The long nights of winter prepare to slowly weave themselves around us once again.
Samhain / Halloween sees the veil between the living and the spirit world at its finest this also occurs at SolsticeThis is a time when strange events can take place.At this time we humans can have strange experiences as the wee folk of the elemetal other world of the Tuatha de Danann were seen and revered by our ancestors.In the countryside they could be seen crossing into our reality and walking around on the land. Some call it a day outside of time-a Midsummer night’s dream. Shakespeare’s play where 4 young lovers spend a night together in the forest with the wee elemental folk not knowing quite what has happened to them as they are entwined in the confusion of the two worlds of reality and non reality. In Shamanism this is knows as the dream-state or non ordinary consciousnessy.This non ordinary reality can be accessed with the Drum and Dance cross.In the Shamanic context of Healing this is a very powerful time to perform any type of Ceremony. The Celtic Festivals are a time when the channel opens to the Ancestors and Higher Beings of Light to come to earth to once again to assist us in raising the vibrations here and the Healing of our past. With this we nurture our planet and our children for the future generations.
Sun worship goes back to pre Celtic times and represents the idea of Gods and Goddesses ruling from a high vibrational dimension called the unseen world/place of the Ancestors. Through these festival times a portal exists between the earthly world and that of these higher vibrational beings or deities of light.
Solstice is in itself a bit of a paradox as it leads the celebration of the Light or Dark into the aspects of Summer and Winter. The Summer Solstice Light celebration of the Sun Gods supremacy over the shadow of darkness heralds his demise at Summer Solstice and the heralds of the birth of the Holly King of Winter Darkness. The Holly King represents the Winter and is then reborn at Solstice as the Oak King of Summertime is reborn at Yule time of Winter Solstice.so the tourament of light/awareness v Darl/Shadow of consciousness for those who are aware of the light of love and those who embrace quest and the unknown as an adventure into the unknown darkness of change and the empowermet of rebirth.Together we support each other to raise the vibrations as we welcoe the renewal of light over dark.We invoke the postive chabges we need and embrace and resolve our fear allowing us to finally evolving to a new and more improved reality.It is ony when we can trylu surrender and let go that we can create the space for another bette reality to manifest.We welcome the changes required ans sek the courage to embrace and resolve our fear of new growthas we Sweat and Drum toegether as one heart in our regular Celtic Gatherings
As they say confront your fear and do it anyway Death and Rebirth are ritually embraced in the Celtic wheel of Light as constant cycle of growth. Each Festival welcomes change and releases another layer healthily grounding and and integrating this into our consciousness through the relevant ceremonies held at these important times. The Universe is in constant flux and change so we need to move with the changes otherwise we get caught up in a vicious cycle of stagnation fear and sickness. Sadly this is one of the traits of the human condition that we struggle with change. Ritual and ceremony support us all to create a new and more wholesome reality.When enough people hold the perception of a better world filled with the Love and Light of Summer Solstice then we will have evoved to a better place for all our relations, mo chlann le cheile.
Summer Solstice celebrates the Sun reaching the furthest point North as in Winter it reaches the furthest point South. Covering the two opposite poles. The Oak tree is seen as the tree of Triumph. The King of the forest. Once the whole of Ireland was covered in this mighty tree. At Summer Solstice the Oak King conquers the Darkness of Winter. But alas his reign is short .The Summer Solstice sees the Holly King born who will one day defeat the Oak King as his power withdraws. This also ties in with to our Ancient Irish legend of the Tuatha De Danann warrior Lugh (Sun God of Eire). He was a young warrior of the shining ones and he defeated the mighty Cyclops Balor of the Dark Formorians. The Formorians were a dark force that once roamed the land of Ireland in ancient times
The Ancient Ones of our land knew this and this was why these festival times are even more important to the whole community to day more than ever we need to relight the Spirit of our Nation. These festival times create a wonderful opourtunity for us alll to take collective responsibility and to move out of our collctive denial and need for change.In these festival gatherings the community moved as a unit as they celebrated the fire of cleansing and rebirth.
In older times we honoured the energies of the Sun and the moon as representations of the masculine and feminine. Our ancestors honoured the Celtic festivals in a way that kept the community connected to the source of true spiritual power/ energy and awareness of Creation. This was to fend off sickness and to welcome an abundant harvest.In thise days it was no secret to them that they had the power to influence their reality. Some believe the world to day sadly lacks the relevant Spiritual ceremony and ritual and this is one of the reasons why we are where we are disconnected socially economically and spiritually as a Nation from our abundance.
So why not start to day and begin to mark the Celtic festivals with a simple fire or candle depending on your surroundings and reconnect to this valuable ancient practice of Celtic Spirituality. Just remember there is no wrong way to practice the ceremony once it is performed with a good heart and a respectful intention.You will be pleasantly surprised when you do it. Just go with your intuition AND you will be connecting with me and many millions around the world who have re-awoken to this Ancient awareness of Community Connection and Wholeness.Remember we must take care of our Planet now she needs us to wake up to our responsibility as the caretakers of Mother Earth for our children and the coming generations. This ancient awareness of Healing and Spirituality within our hearts as brothers and sisters united by Mother Earth with the great Celebration of Lugh the sun god of Light and Summer Solstice.This intention of this gathering is to reinforce the great power of Mother Nature We align ourselves with Brigit as our Earth Goddess. A source of this great power here on the land of Ireland.
Our Ancestors Ancient Celtic Calendar celebrates the eternal journey of light through the many changes on its journey through the seasons. Winter Solstice. Birth of the Sun God Lugh to Death at Samhain to rebirth at Winter Solstice the journey of the Sun God is celebrated by the 4 Fire festivals of Imboloc Beltaine Lughnasadh and Samhain. The other 2 being Spring and Autumn Equinox where the light and dark are in perfect balance and harmony This is what we all need to strive for in our daily lives Harmony Balance Peace and Joy in Mind Body and Spirit. We first published the calendar back in 200 when we launched this school. If you would like a copy of our calendar please just email us and will be happy to forward you our new revised issue.
TEACH EALLUIS CELTIC SWEAT HOUSE CEREMONY www.irishmegaliths.org.uk/sweathouses.htm
THE SHAMANS MONTHLY HEALING
MEDITATION DRUM CIRCLE
WE GATHER EACH MONTH TO HOLD SACRED SPACE FOR HEALING AND SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
IN RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR SPIRIT GUIDES AND TEACHERS OF THE HIGHER REALMS
NEW GROUP COMMENCING AUGUST 2013
EDUCATION IS TO LEARN FROM ANOTHERS EXPERENCE
wisdom is to have walked in the experience....SILVERBIRCH 2012
SACRED CEREMONY IS CREATING A NEW WORLD AWARENESS