Next Summer Solstice meet 2017 - more information May 2017
19 June 2016 - Create with love your journey through life and gratitude to Mother Earth
Solstice lasts for about 5 days...
and over that period Sunrise in Dublin area 04.57 sunset 21.57 (9.57pm).
Actual Solstice moment is 20 June at 23.34
Full Moon is 20 June 12.02 (Dublin time)
(On the June solstice, the sun reaches its northernmost point and the Earth’s North Pole tilts directly towards it, at about 23.4 degrees.)
Create with love your journey through life and gratitude to mother earth...
Sunday 19 June 3 to 5pm Bective Mill B & B (outside beside the river Boyne)
Sunday 19 June sunset on Hill of Tara
Monday 20 June 8 to 10pm Bective Mill B & B special Meditation & Healing Circle (inside).
Message from our Master of Ceremonies - Bernadette.
It's that time of year again, Summer Solstice, and this year it will be done in 3s...
19 June – start 3pm - The first event will take place in Bective Mill just beside the abbey... and the theme is:
Create with love your journey through life and gratitude to mother earth...
and again a minute silence for peace in our world. For all those who wish to tune in like last year please do.. we had connections in UK, Stonehenge, Glastonbury, Egypt and many more...
This year we will be creating a Mandala on the ground, beside the river Boyne, on a leyline to the Hill of Tara.
Now the Mandala represents wholeness, a cosmic diagram reminding us of our relation to infinity, extending beyond and within our bodies and minds. The Mandala appears to us in all aspects of life, the Earth, the Sun, The Moon, and obviously the circles of life encompassing friends, family, and communites. Mandalas are used for meditation purposes allowing the individual meditating to become more one with the Universe.
So on that day we will be creating our own Mandala with an intention of your own inner thought but we will be creating it together as a group on the leyline connection to Tara. There will be a base for the Mandala in which I was guided to put down for people to work around with their intention and I will speak about this on the day.
So I ask you to let the flow of the energy of the place and Mandala come from deep within oneself as we do this in a meditation state.
What I need to ask you to bring with you on the day is something flat that you can sit / lie on, such as a coloured cloth. Also, for your part of the group Mandala, a flower, sea shells, ribbon, something will call to you, and a colour. Set with your own intention on the day.
It has been said that when creating a Mandala there has been a feeling of lightness, intuitive thoughts may arise. Relax and let the thought come into you - the aim is to let it float with you just like the river along side.
I will explain the meaning of the colours of your choice you bring with you on the day.
So enough said, come along and see and experience for yourself
Also if it rains we have permission to go into the Mill and do the Mandala there.
Bring food to share and soft drinlks on the day as we will have a picnic in the area where there is lovely seating.
We will also be having a Open Heart where you are welcome to sing, say a poem, read a quote or just be. All these events, in my experience, go with the flow on the day.
Later on, if you wish to, go to the Hill of Tara to sit in silence to watch the sunset ,,, sing, dance, drum, or just be ,,,
So the Mandala and viewing the sunset from the Hill of Tara are the two things on the Sunday.
The 3rd is in the same place following on the Monday evening at 8pm. Our weekly meditation and healing circle held by another Bernadette in our Meditation space at the Mill. End time 10pm.
So looking forward to seeing you all on the day and following evening for those who can make it, and all those who again join in from the UK and all over The World to tune in for One Minute Silence for peace, wherever you are over the time of the solstice.
Greetings to those in the Southern Hemisphere celebrating Winter Solstice, and wherever you are have a fun, wonderful Solstice time.
Bernadette's experience of the day:
On the day people said that they found doing the mandala very peaceful and full of love. Creating something so beautiful and having to let it go was an experience. A different type of letting go. That was also my experience and felt faith and trust in doing so. Also the peace in the mind when working on it and most of all the open heart tied in with it... all about trust and letting go and being thankful.
On the Monday evening at the meddy the bond was still there. Myself and Bernadette shared - she did meditation and I did the healing circle, and the funny thing was we nearly dressed the same, red shoes and cardie.
and from someone who attended the gathering:
'we contacted Bernadette some months ago as we would be holidaying in Ireland at Solstice and wished to join in with a group to celebrate Solstice. We certainly were not disappointed. Bernadette made us very welcome. Great thought had gone into the celebration...
Bernadette had set up a mandala... which allowed us to meditate on our thoughts. It brought everyone together and focused on the beauty of Mother Earth, and the stillness of the earth as we approached the changeover. As part of the mandala we also held a healing circle and we gained and gave healing to each other and Mother Earth. A wonderful experience carried out with honour and respect by everyone involved. Altogether a great experience and we hope to meet again at another time.'
Dana, Marta and Daniela at the Mnajdra temple on Malta
The light T on the stone behind us is what shows up at the Summer Solstice there. The temple would have had a roof and would have been dark, then the light would have entered - just like at Newgrange (ok, kind of), but it formed a T, or an upside down L, gradually, and then slowly would drift back down onto the ground and out again.
21 June 2015 - The Wisdom of the Sunflower
Thanks to Mary and John A for the photos.
All were welcome to join in Celebrating the Turning of the Year. As usual, a free and open gathering.
The event was planned around sunflowers and the learning in nature from these.
Invitation: A few people shall be saying pieces and if anyone wants to add to this that would be good - just bring it along on the day. We shall be opening and closing sacred space. If anyone wants to bring food and / or appropriate drinks to share that would be very welcome. We look forward to a lovely social get together in the warmth of the summer sunshine.
Drumming the sun to bed on the longest day - after a happy sunny afternoon a cold end to the day - perhaps appropriate as we move into the autumn and winter seasons.
Thanks to Martin for this one.
Holloways - land and water
Thanks to Ros for this series of pictures
Canal through Ballsbridge, Dublin
holloway Hexham & Coventina's Corbridge
|Tyne at Corbridge|
A Ballsbridge (Dublin) rose at night
Summer mandala and flowers in England
4 ferns (symbol of New Zealand who are at Winter Solstice), yellow flowers of St. John's wort (Mary's sunflower), twirling petunias at the four corners, 6 blue pansies and pink geraniums for yin/yang balance, central rambling rose, nasturtium for their colourful spice, lavender and rosemary, laid on bark from the woodland. In some parts of the world there are legends that fern seeds (spores) will provide invisibility on solstice eve, or that they will aid in seeing the invisible sidhe.
The information is drawn from years of Tara Celebrations reports and information.
Each TC ceremony is run in awareness of the dominating energies of the current cycle, leading to an accumulated wealth of experience. We observe the festivals and attune our lives to seasonal changes. We cannot avoid the fundamental reality that we are effected by the place at which we live on earth.
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