Friday, April 29, 2011


Subject: bealtain
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2011 13:15:50 -0400

So much has happened in this Quarter
Inducing fairy sons and daughters
Radiating all the waters
Leaving all our nerves in tatars;
Enough! Enough ! this day to pray
As we glide along our way
Hoping for a safer day
And holding wild witch forces well at bay;
For us to practice KNOW THYSELF
keep faith with family and friend
Never leave the world to end
But always to speak and push old send
And see if we ourselves cant mend
Without war and without offend.
Judi Donnelly
copyright 22 April 2011

At the time of Nial Noigiallach who was killed in the field by an irate cennsaillan noble sept in 379 AD, Bealtaine was kept regualrly at Tara hill.
The fires lite at Bealtaine were the first spring fires lit in Ireland and the cows were than run through it and purified befoe they were taken from the winter quarters to the summer hill pastures by the shepard tenders where they were kept all summer the aoire living in little self built hillside mud huts with straw roof and oftimes players of flutes and small harps.
These fires are the fiers that were contested by Patrick under Nialls Son Laugaire O Neill when Patrick lit the pashal fires before the Bealtaine fires were lit and this caused anger and disruption against the Christain teacher.
However Laugaire did not allow him to be killed for this offence.
Bealtaine was the spring gathering of a fies , stories and games held at Tara hill and apparently since at least 703 BC when the Feis was begun by Eocaid Ollam Fodla ,high king at that time.
Beal = mouth
tain = cattle
so Bealtain should become 'mouth cattle'.
The fire may have been though by the druids as a cure or help for hoof and mouth desease in cattle.
Not so much a magic superstitious rite as one of Irish practicality as home remedy for any deadly deseases the cows may have picked up on winter feed lot food.
Th spring tonic as it were as we ourself eat the dandelion greens for the same purpose.
Irleand the land of Frossach ,fields of shamrock and wine flowers.

The pattern of Astronomic science correlation of the moon revolutions and sun Equinox as devised by the Druidic Irish calculations and observed with the festivals of the Crossquarter days and the sun appearance at Brug n Boine , Ceat Ceal and the Hill of th Hags or Witches, Carn T Caillich ,in Meath.
1st RAith [Re]
1st Quarter New year--April May June
The Irish year begins March 21 Vernal Equinox.
[viewed as a lazer light at the carns of the Hags in Meath]
1 May--Bealtain Cross Quarter Day[ Fire festival]
Held at Teamair Hill
Cross Quarter day when moon has passed 40 days from the vernal equinox,
50 days remaining till the next equinox citing of the sun.

2nd Raith
2nd Quarter July August September
August 1--Lugnasa Cross Quarter Day
The harvest festival, a gay festival
crossquarter day when moon has passed 40 days from the June 21 equinox,
50 days reamining till autumn equinox.

3rd Raith
3rd Quarter October November December
November 1 Halloweeen Crossquarter Day
The moon has passed 40 days since the autumnal equinox cited at Hags hill carns September 21,
50 days remaining till December equinox.

4th Raith
4th Quarter January February March
Imbuilga, St Brigets Day, Cross Quarter Day
The moon has passed 40 days since the December 21 citing at Brug Na Boyne,[Achad Aldai Field of the All breath],
50 days remaining till the spring equinox ,March 21
The 4th quarter was not solemnitized.
No feis held at the December 21 solstice.

Imbuilg is the time of the lambing season and the freshening of the milk of the cows to make butter.
This the first celebrations of the expected March Spring Equinox, March 21 and the renewal of the year and life itself.
The Brug has a name to it in Irish, Acad Aldai,[what for all 40], older than the Dannan Brug and the Hill of the Hags does also.
Cnoc Cailleach[ hill of the old woman or witch]
These sites are totally neglected by the Modern Irish government although they are probably the most ancient astrononical clocks reamining in Europe or the Middle East.
The Crossquarter days held a feis to mark the 90 day quaters half way mark beteen the equinox; between the beginning of life and growth and the dark sunless cold and hungry winter.
The fairs should be recovered and held on the old sites as they were before the invasions to mark not a pagan ritual but the knowledge of space and time to the people, tourist, pilgrim and indiginous alike.

Judi Donnelly
copyright April 29 2011

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Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2011 13:04:27 -0400

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