Next Lughnasadh get together 2018
Lughnasadh 2017 - Fingal - An Meitheal
Sunday 6 August at an allotment garden in Eastern Ireland - Before and After
The raised beds reappear, some plants are retained and others removed.
Jerusalem artichokes, raspberry and blackcurrant bushes will provide future harvests.
With intentions for friendship and fun as well as giving a helping hand, Lughnasadh 2017 sees local people, who regularly get together as Tara Celebrations, sharing their skills, helping out at an allotment, clearing overgrown plants and generally tidying up, as well as having a fun social gathering.
Thus our theme this year is 'Meitheal' – a practical Irish tradition when folk gather together for mutual co-operation and support. Particularly useful at harvest time when many hands make lighter work of gathering in the crops, nowadays this tends to be applied to any work team of neighbours coming together in the community.
People attending will need outdoor clothes and tools if they have them. And if you can bring food to share that would be great. We will bless the land, bless the people, work and then feast, sharing inspiration and laughter.
Folk unable to attend in person might like to share in the Meitheal energies in a two-fold celebration, one very personal and one not so.
Firstly, have a meal on your own, focusing entirely on the food. No TV, radio, phone, tablet, book or newspaper. Just mindfully prepare and eat the food thinking of what went into producing it: from Mother Nature herself to the people who work in the modern factories that may have produced it, to the folk involved packaging it, transporting it, selling it. Think of the plant /animal involved... kind of focusing on a modern day "harvest". Be grateful to all involved.
Then reflect a bit on you own "harvest"...what have you achieved since the Spring time, if anything? What would you like to achieve NEXT harvest? etc.
Secondly, the other facet of this celebration involves organising and sharing a meal with family / friends. Again, no phones, TV etc. We don't have to tell them the purpose of the get together, just enjoy a meal - the fruits of the harvest - with people close to us and celebrate community, friendship, family. It might also get people to realise that modern technology is not the be all and end all of life today... Plus, it may get people to realise the joy of sharing a meal together; conversation, laughter, sorrow etc.
Then go outside (possibly brightened by the nearly full moon today) and enjoy the long, bright evening hours, because before the next celebration, they'll be gone.
Lughnasadh 2016 – Burren, Clare - A liminal transition
Dia diobh a cairde agus cead mile fáilte go dtí Lughnasadh ar an Buireann.
2.30pm 30 July 2016 at the Burren, Co. Clare
There are four main doorways of the year. Samhain, Imbolc, Bealtaine and Lughnasadh. This doorway we are about to enter brings us out of summer and into autumn. It is a liminal time of the year with a typical mix of warm sunny days mixed with wet autumnal showers. Flowers have passed their peak and the fruits and berries are ripening. It is the harvest of the first fruits and early grains. In our own existence it corresponds to energies where we start to reap what we have been putting our efforts and time into. It is a time of pilgrimage, putting effort into travelling to holy sites and to be out of our comfort zone and opened to new intriguing possibilities.
Above: Spring Gentian,sea campion ,Wild Thyme on the Burren
This year Tara Celebrations is on pilgrimage to the Bóthar na Mias on the edge of the Burren. I hasten to add this is the holy site and not the housing estate of the same name!
The celebration encompasses a strenuous but meditative walk over broken rocky ground. There will be seven stops for Lughnasadh reflections and then we arrive at the place of ceremony where we will create sacred space, call in the directions, cleanse with the 5 elements, acknowledge and reverently bid adieu to the summer by burying a flower. We then face a new direction(west) and call in the energies of Lugh. We attune ourselves by lying on the vast flat limestone pavements and listening to the story of Lugh. We will use story elements to claim and proclaim our own inner harvest by walking through a door formed with pilgrim staffs and announcing our tallents. We share the harvest grains adding blessings to the handful of grains as they are passed around the circle. There will be of course time for meditation and open heart so do have your party piece ready. Finally we will share in a traditional meal of bread, Barm Brac & holy water from St. Colmans well.
Pat's Shadow, like Lugh, looms over our centre .
Air at the top has some hazel leaves to represent the whisperings of wisdom in our lives, Fire (Right) is represented by the candle flame in the lantern. Water (Bottom ) is represented by holy water from St. Colman's well. Earth is represented by the Tourmaline Crystal. And the Centre is represented by the bell, first fruits, herbs and grain (from a crop circle).
All are welcome to our non denominational, inclusive celebration.
2pm Meeting at the Wild Atlantic Way Filling station on the main road N67,just outside Kinvara. Follow in Convoy about 7K to Eagle Rock car park where we will walk the last 2 miles on foot.
Dress appropriately for the weather and bring strong boots and a walking stick as the ground is both rough and slippery in places.
As you will be in the National Park you should not pick any flowers as some are very rare and many take 7 years to bloom.
If you feel like extending your stay for the Bank Holiday there are B+Bs, a highly recommendable hostel/hotel (Kinvara Guesthouse) and a hotel in Kinvara.Kinvara is a gateway onto the Burren, an ideal overnight location and base to explore.
One of the Orchids on the Burren
Comments from a participant:
A spiritual, mental, physical and emotional energetic pilgrimage which stretched us and enriched us in ways too many to mention.
From meditating in the cave of St Colman to hearing our heartbeat echo in the rocks as we lay on the Burren,
from hearing the legend of Lugh to laughing and dancing like children,
from an inspiring meditation to an equally inspiring walk through a doorway to declare our true selves,
this was a magical, spiritual, holy, fun, physically tough celebration never to be forgotten.
|Landscape of the Lughnasadh Ritual||Liminal landscape rocks|
|Landscape that inspires awe||Clints and grikes|
|Magical Bothar na Mias with imprints of the legendary horses hooves||Hazel, Orchid and Bloody Cranesbill|
|Entrance to the Cave of St. Colman Mac Duagh||St. Colman Mac Duaghs Oratory|
|In contemplation at St. Colman's bed||Pilgrimage treking|
|Lying on the sun baked limestone tuning into Lughnasadh energies|
We took a pilgrimage walk to Bothair na Mias and stoped seven times to contemplate: the soil, the plants, the animals,the insects, the rock, the ancestors, the destination.
Martin’s experience of the day.
I feel that this was a blessed day, a special day, a day when everything just seemed to click. There seemed to be a genuine wholeness that bubbled through everyone and a willingness to enter and hold sacred space.
The location was beautiful and perfectly supportive. What worked (for me) was the meditative walk with 7 stops. It helped frame the proceedings nicely.
We also did a 5 part cleansing using Hazel leaves to cleanse with the air. The Hazel is the tree of wisdom and grows profusely here.
-Flame from the candle to cleanse with fire.
-Water from the holy well to cleanse with water.
-Black tourmaline/schorl to cleanse with earth. This is a favourite self cleansing, hard working, highly electrical crystal.
-And Ether cleansing using the sound of a Tibetan singing bell with a long hum.
We all went into the meditation quickly and the ritual of entering the doorway seemed hauntingly powerful.
At one point a sí-gaoith took my notes and dashed them down a deep grike. Undaunted it quickly became a game of lunacy, fetching the paper with two walking sticks used like chop sticks. This added another aspect of Lughnasadh which was associated with fun and frolics.
However, the highlight for me was the enthusiasm of the dedicated folks that came from Dublin and Meath to take part. It was an honour to host and I hope those who participated (in spirit) will visit again and again in fond memory.
Marta and Dana were in Switzerland
In eastern Ireland Cerys played amongst wildflowers at a lakeside. Such a riot of colour...
and in England bees buzzed around the buddleia.
And a Lughnasadh sunset - looking westwards from the Lia Fail over the Midlands Plain
and the sacred landscape where so many Tara Celebrations gatherings have been held.
Lughnasadh 2015 - Teltown - A Time of Celebration
Saturday 1st August at Teltown House / Teach Tailteann B & B
The Master of Ceremonies felt we were privileged to be holding it there, on what he would see as the original Lughnasadh site. And indeed we were.
There was a strong Lugh / Tailtiu presence and in closing they were thanked for their support.
A heifer visited and donkeys provided their usual noisy contribution! People walked between 2 bowls of water for a symbolic cleansing of negative energies for the coming year. Blueberries in a bowl in the centre were shared in the harvest.
We also had music and songs at the ceremony and when someone played the tin whistle that was when the donkeys really joined in. Music was part of the ceremony away from the house in case guests were around and we didn't want to disturb them.
The courtyard tea was really nice. Lots of corny jokes popped up, in keeping with the energy of the place.
Many thanks to Renee and Bartle.
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