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Quarter Days/The Albans

Alban Arthuan - the Druid festival of the Winter Solstice, loosely translated as The Light of Arthur. The time when we celebrate the rebirth of the Sun and the return of light, also known as Yule.

Alban Eiler - the Druid festival of the Spring Equinox, loosely translated as The Light of the Earth. The time when we celebrate the quickening of the year and the fertility of the Earth and new life, also known as Ostara.

Alban Hefin - the Druid festival of the Summer Solstice, loosely translated as The Light of the Shore. The time when we celebrate the mature Sun and enter the waning half of the year, also known as Litha.

Alban Elfed - the Druid festival of the Autumn Equinox, loosely translated as The Light of Water. The time when we celebrate and give thanks for the (second)harvest of fruits from the Earth, also known as Mabon.


Cross-Quarter Days
Coming  halfway between the Solstices and Equinoxes the four cross quarter days complete the eight festivals in the pagan wheel of the year, the real astronomical dates vary from year to year.

Imbolc - Usually celebrated around the start of February, this is the time when we celebrate the first signs of Spring and new life that is to come in the hope that the worst of the cold winter days are gone. This festival is strongly associated with the goddess Brighid and is an Ideal time to perform initiations.

Beltane. - Celebrated at the start of May, A celebration of fertility and is symbolised by Maypole dances and the ritual union of the May Queen and May Lord and the lighting of fires. This is a popular time for Handfastings.

Lughnasadh/Lammas - Celebrated at the start of August, this is the celebration of the grain harvest when we give thanks for the grain and the sacrifice of John Barleycorn. This is also a popular time for handfastings as we also celebrate the marriage of  sun god Lugh and the mother goddess.

Samhain - Celebrated on or around October 31st, this is a time to honour our ancestors and remember those who have passed over and commune with the spirit world as the veil between the physical and spirit realm are at their thinnest. This is also the last of the three harvest festivals and the start of the Celtic New year and the return to the cold dark days as Winter approaches.

Upcoming Solar cross quarter dates,
when it is exactly half way between Equinox and Solstice.
Lughnasadh - Sunday 6th August 2017
Samhain - Monday 6th November 2017
Imbolc - Sunday 4th February 2018
Beltane - Saturday 5th May 2018
 


List of Solstices & Equinoxes
Date & Time of Solstices & Equinoxes in 2016
Vernal Equinox (Spring) March 20 2016 04:30 GMT
Summer Solstice (Summer) June 20 2016 23:34 BST
Autumnal Equinox (Fall) September 22 2016 15:21 BST
Winter Solstice (Winter) December 21 2016 10:44 GMT

Date & Time of Solstices & Equinoxes in 2017
Vernal Equinox (Spring) March 20 2017 10:28 GMT
Summer Solstice (Summer) June 21 2017 05:24 BST
Autumnal Equinox (Fall) September 22 2017 21:02 BST
Winter Solstice (Winter) December 21 2017 16:28 GMT

Date & Time of Solstices & Equinoxes in 2018
Vernal Equinox (Spring) March 20 2018 16:15 GMT
Summer Solstice (Summer) June 21 2018 11:07 BST
Autumnal Equinox (Fall) September 23 2018 02:54 BST
Winter Solstice (Winter) December 21 2018 22:22 GMT

Date & Time of Solstices & Equinoxes in 2019
Vernal Equinox (Spring) March 20 2018 21:58 GMT
Summer Solstice (Summer) June 21 2018 16:54 BST
Autumnal Equinox (Fall) September 23 2018 08:50 BST
Winter Solstice (Winter) December 22 2018 04:19 GMT

Awen

The Awen

The Awen comes from the welsh word meaning inspiration and is used to describe the divine inspiration, the symbol is seen in the picture to the left. The three lines can represent the triple aspect of deity or also, the points at which  the sun rises on the equinoxes and solstices - known as the Triad of the Sunrises. The three lines can also relate to earth, sea and air; body, mind and spirit; or love, wisdom and truth, as you see there are a number of interpretations of this symbol. During ritual we chant the druidic  awen using the the three syllables  ahh--oooo--wen.
 

The Three Druid Grades (as defined by OBOD)

Ovate - In ancient times a prophet, seer, healer and  diviner. In modern times, one who studies or practices herbalism,  healing and divination within a Druidic context, or who has entered the  Ovate level of training within a Druid Order.

Bard - Traditionally, a poet and storyteller who  trained in a Bardic college. In modern times, one who sees their  creativity as an innate spiritual ability, and who chooses to nurture  that ability partly or wholly with Druidism.

Druid - In times gone by a Druid was a philosopher, teacher,  counselor and magician, the word probably meaning A Forest Sage or Strong Seer. In modern times, one who follows Druidry as their chosen  spiritual path, or who has entered the Druid level of training in a  Druid Order.


The Celtic Tree Ogham

The Tree Ogham was a Celtic alphabet, with each letter symbolised by a  specific tree. The alphabet is made up of 20 trees from birch  (representing re-birth, new journeys and change) to yew (representing  death, the never ending cycle and access to the spiritual realms). The  Ogham not only used to represent a means of communication between members  of Celtic tribes but is also a means of communicating with trees  themselves, allowing you to form a spiritual link with the tree, this is done using an Ogham Stick. When you have your set of Oghams you can use these as a means of divination using the individual properties of each tree to give a reading to a person in a similar way that you would use runes or Tarot. Each stick is made from the corresponding tree and marked with the matching Ogham symbol.
 

Celtic Tree Calendar

Although named The ‘Celtic Tree Calendar’ there is no evidence that the celts named months using trees from the Ogham and it was not until the 18th century that this idea was popularised. We use it today because trees are sacred to druids and as such it is good to use  taking the different properties of each tree and attaching them to the appropriate month and using it as a sort of tree astrological system. Here is the calendar as documented/made up by Robert Graves.

  • Beth (Birch) December 24 to January 20
  • Luis (Rowan) January 21 to February 17
  • Nion (Ash) February 18 to March 17
  • Fearn (Alder) March 18 to April 14
  • Saille (Willow) April 15 to May 12
  • Uath (Hawthorn) May 13 to June 9
  • Duir (Oak) June 10 to July 7
  • Tinne (Holly) July 8 to August 4
  • Coll (Hazel) August 5 to September 1
  • Muin (Vine) September 2 to September 29
  • Gort (Ivy) September 30 to October 27
  • Ngetal (Reed) October 28 to November 24
  • Ruis (Elder) November 25 to December 22
  • Mistletoe represents December 23 as it is not ruled by any tree, it is the traditional  day of the proverbial "Year and a Day"
     


This page is here to provide brief explanation of the various subjects listed and will be added to over time. There are many books that you can read about the various subjects and you can spend many £££’s buying them to read about conflicting viewpoints. I recommend Glennie Kindred’s range of books which provide all the information you need without lots of fluffy padding, they are available from her website (which you can find on our links page) or they can be purchased from us for the reasonable price of only £6 each.
Stormwatch - August 2012 /|\

 

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The Druid Oath.

We swear by peace and love to stand,
Heart to heart and hand to hand.
Mark O spirit and hear us now,
Confirming this our sacred vow.

 

The Druids Prayer

Grant, O God, Thy protection;
And in protection, strength;
And in strength, understanding;
And in understanding, knowledge;
And in knowledge, the knowledge of justice;
And in the knowledge of justice, the love of it;
And in that love, the love of all existences;
And in the love of all existences, the love of God.
God and all goodness.

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