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Who we are

Within diversity there is unity and within unity there is diversity

 

Who ?

 

Based in Ireland, with connections all over the world, we are open, inclusive and non-denominational, drawing on all philosophies and traditions.

An eclectic mix of like minded thinkers from various backgrounds.

 

Different people feel called to tune in and plan each celebration and have included Anne B, Anne N, Bernie, Bernadette, Dana, Des, Eileen, Jean, John, John A, Marta, Martin, Mary, Mary O, Nora, Pat, Susan, Theresa, Tom, Yamann and many others, who join with us in body or in spirit.

 

People from all over the world are on our email list and tune in with each celebration.

 

When people are not able to join with us in person many create their own personal or group celebrations within the same energy as our gathering.

 

If you would like to join in at a distance, however great or small, please contact us to go onto the email list.

 

The web site is maintained by Martin in Ireland,  Nora in England and Michael in Canada (Clickopen.ca) with the help and input of many many others.

 

We welcome any queries, insights or input.

We may be contacted through email@TaraCelebrations.org

 

What ?

 

We follow the ancient celebrations of the yearly cycle by marking important dates with community ceremony.

Many of those involved with the 'Tara Celebrations' events also attend 'Monday Meditation & Healing Circle'. The two are interconnected but not interdependent.

 

How ?

 

Review and Way Forward meetings

 

Up to Autumn Equinox 2013 we planned from one meeting to the next.

 At the end of 2013 there was a feeling that we needed to set a complete cycle in motion. A get together was held to organise gatherings for the coming year.

The Review and Way Forward meetings have been held at Autumn Equinox or Samhain each subsequent year.

 

Why ?

 

Because it makes our souls sing.

It makes us feel connected to the rhythm of life.

It feels like it has to be done.

It is important.

It is fun.

 

It is about meeting up with people who you can get on with, and who you can share with, and you feel comfortable with,

and they don't have to bring anything or be a certain person.

 

 All are welcome.  Some of us are extroverts and like to express our energies, and those of the get together, outwardly.  The one thing that has been made very clear at Tara Celebrations over the years is that if you feel to sing, dance, etc. it is from the heart and has nothing to do with performance or pleasing others.  And if you want to sit quietly and watch, please feel comfortable with that.  Everyone has their own unique gift to bring to any gathering. Even just their presence is enough to bless the occasion. There is always a reason for everyone to be there, whether active or passive.

 

 What are we celebrating?

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With each ceremony held, with each candle lit, with each positive image about Tara raising the awareness level of people, each poem, thought, prayer offered in sincerity has been heart felt by the spirit of Tara.


It is certain that whatever else happened at ancient sites in Ireland they were and are still used for traditional customs and rituals at particular times of the year.

 

There are many different cycles and calendars and these have been handed down since pre-history, changing as the needs of the individual and community changed. In our rituals and ceremonies we do not seek to do what they did, we seek what they sought.

 

The cycle we use marks the four seasons of Samhain, Imbolc, Bealtaine and Lughnasadh with the four cardinal days of winter and summer solstice, spring and autumn equinox. The seasons are an expression of what is happening on the land and also in our own lives.  

 

The New Year starts on the night of  November 8th, (now 31st October) - Samhain. This is the entry into the darkest days of the year and a time of death, for from death comes new life and rebirth. Many of our ancestors started their day as darkness came at dusk and night, not dawn as we do these days. The Cycle of the Year as the earth moves around the sun, from Samhain back to Samhain.

 

 

 

Themes & Sites from 2007 to present

Autumn Equinox is the last meeting of Tara Celebrations annual cycle - Samhain the conceiving of each New Cycle

Prior to 2007 there were gatherings but we only have private records of those

Samhain

2016 - Good Spirits - Yew Cloister, Gormanston

2015 - Clearing a Path for the Wisdom of the Ancestors - Loughcrew

2014 - Samhain - Rath Lugh

2013 - Beannachtai na Samhaina diobh - Dowth

2012 - Headstones - Old Mellifont Abbey, Louth

2011 - Embracing the Torquoise Self – Fourknocks

2010 - Journey towards the Sovereign Self - Tara

2009 -  Samhain at Dowth - Dowth

2008 - Spontaneous New Beginning - Tara

2007 - Samhain is the Death of the Old - Tara

 

Winter Solstice

2016 - You Light up my Life - Fourknocks

2015 - Without Darkness there can be no Light - Newgrange

2014 - Walking the White Winter Path of Wonder - Seomra Tara

2013 - Rebirth of the Sun God from the Goddess - Hill of Tara Healing Centre

2012 - Welcoming Light - Ardbraccan

2011 - Quietly Observant – Dowth, Newgrange, Curley Hole

2010 - Snowflakes – Own homes / Newgrange

2009 - Rebirth of Light and Hope – Own homes / Newgrange

2008 - Yule Celebrations – Tara

2007 - Ceremony of Light – Tara

 

Imbolc

2017 - St. Brigid's Mantle - Brigid's Well, Faughart

2016 - Rise and Shine - Tara

2015 - Planting the Seeds of Our Dreams with Danu - Bective

2014 - Welcoming Spring & Returning Light - Tara

2013 - Healing Renewal Protection - Tara & Kildare

2012 - Triplicity: Comedy, Community and Creativity - Ravensdale Forest, Louth

2011 - Moving out of the Shadow into the Light - Tower of Lloyd Kells

2010 - Uncertainty - Fourknocks

2009 - Brigid - Fourknocks

2008 - Stirring the Fire - Tara

2007 - Brigid's Cross - Tara

 

 

Spring Equinox

2017 - Balance, Equality & Tolerance - Clogherhead

2016 - Spring Equinox - Fourknocks

2015 - Goodbye Darkness my old Friend, until we meet again - Dowth and Bective
2014 - Flourish and Blossom - Loch Ramor

2013 - Everyone is doing a Brand New Dance now - Tara

2012 - Nothing is as it Seems - Tara

2011 - Gates of Revelation - Tara

2010 - Reformation & Rebirth - Ardmulchan

2009 - In Balance with Nature - Mullaghmeen Forest

2008 - Balance - Tara

2007 - Vernal Equinox - Tara

Bealtaine

2017 -

2016 - Nurturing Abundance - St. Ciaran's Well

2015 - May Day - Fourknocks
2014 - Peace, Light and Love, Dublin

2013 - Where there's a Well there's a Way - St. Johns Well

2012 - The Summer Phase - Bective Abbey &

 8 Sundays at the Well - Tara

2011 - Wild Wooing in the Woods - Tara

2010 - Inspired by Symbol & Poetry - Tara

2009 - Money to Burn - Tara

2008 - Arrival of Uisneach fire - Tara

2007 - Tara

 

Summer Solstice

2017-

2016 - Create with love your journey through life and gratitude to Mother Earth - Bective & Tara

2015 - The Wisdom of the Sunflower - Tara
2014 - Bountiful and Gratitude - Tara

2013 - The Place you can't get to - wherever you are

2012 - Journey of the Golden Triangle – An Tobar, Tara, Navan

2011 - Cultivating Peace - Tara

2010 - Listening to the Soul of Summer – St. John's Well, Warrenstown

2009 - Spontaneous - Tara

2008 - Abundance and Shadow - Tara

2007 - The Harp & Fairy Treasures - Tara

2005 - Tara Festival

 

Lughansadh

2017 -

2016 - A Liminal Transition - Burren, Clare

2015 - A Time of Celebration - Teltown
2014 - Long Road Home - Tara

2013 - Tar isteach agus lig do scith - Come on in and Rest Yourself - Fourknocks

2012 - Gratitude to Earth & Spirit - St. Gobnait's Well, Cork

2012 - Uisce beatha, Water of Life - Ciaran's Well, Meath

2011 - Beannachtai Lughnasadh - Teltown

2010 - Pattern, Pilgrimage & Pleasure Triskele - Port Beach

2009 - Pattern, Pilgrimage & Pleasure Labyrinth - Port Beach

2008 - Healing Conflict - Tara

2007 - Name your Talent - Tara

 

 

Autumn Equinox

2017 -

2016 - Underlying Balance of Harvest Thanksgiving - Tara

2015 - Sun, Moon and Me - Seomra Tara
2014 - Deireih Fhomair - Fourknocks

2013 - Review & 'way forward' - Tara

2012 - Colin's Journey, Chrysalis Phase - Dowth

2011 - Winding Down, End of the Journey - Mornington Beach

2010 - Endings & Rememberings - Dowth

2009 - Thanks to Mother - Tara

2008 - Harvest Thanksgiving - Tara

2007 - Autumn Equinox - Tara - no report

Tara Celebration's venues

Over the years we have held get togethers on the Hill of Tara and many other places in Ireland and further afield. 


 

 Symbols are often created and invoked during gatherings

Samhain 2011circle-cross 9black

Winter Solstice 2011winter solstice

Imbolc 2013imbolc 2013

Spring Equinox 2008Img 5343

Bealtaine 2010bealtaine symbol

Summer Solstice 2011st johns eve ceremony sunflower 2

Lughnassadh 2012st gobnaits well lughnasadh symbol

 Autumn Equinox 2008equinox symbol

 

The symbols of 2012 and their explanations

When we reviewed at the end of 2012 we realised that there had been a common theme of exploring the concept of 'soul' through the year.  We become so 'in the now' with organising each celebration it was only with hindsight and taking the broad view that we realised this had happened.

symbol imbolc

Imbolc - Triplicity: Comedy, Community and Creativity

 

Three purposes for the return of souls to this world: to collect into the soul the properties of all being, to acquire knowledge of all things, to acquire the power to overcome chaos

symbol apple

Spring Equinox - Nothing is as it Seems

 

The apple appears as a solid red ball. Yet bite into the apple and you reveal a hidden interior, soft, fleshy and juicy. As you continue to eat, at the heart of the apple, you discover small hard objects, the seeds. Visually the seed is solid and pebble like. If we hit a pebble it shatters into many fragments, revealing that it is totally composed of stone. However on opening the seed we discover a soft and very different interior. The real truth of our soul, like the seed, is often in shadow, hidden inside a toughened shell.

symbol bealtaine

Bealtaine -

The Summer Phase

 

Abundant flowers promise good harvests of fruits, berries and nuts later in the year. The abundance of our soul promises a similar nurturing harvest.

symbol summer solstice  symbol lughnasadh

 

Summer solstice - The Journey of the Golden Triangle

 

Our individual and group soul's journey is symbolised as a golden triangular box. We journey the path of the labyrinth, contemplating our intentions now. We invigorate the box / soul, connecting to high energies of the summer solstice, drawing on the symbolism of infinity. We cross a bridge to release our petitions, pausing on our return to gift thanks and gratitude to the waters of life and the heat of the sun for their constancy and support in our lives. We each take a portion of the box / group soul home to spread the healing energies out into the landscape and future.

Lughnasadh –

The waters of life

 

Our earthly life is a bright reflection of the hidden depths of the well of our eternal soul. We gift our thanks to our well, our soul, for our earthly harvest.

symbol aut equinox symbol samhain  symbol wint solstice

Autumn equinox - Colin's Journey the Chrysalis Phase

 

We recall again the triple symbolism of the year. In this symbol of movement we circle from the dark to the light, to our festive joyous inner light. We are aware that we are now moving from a time of equal light and dark into the winter season of shorter day light hours. But when we are in this dark space, we actually go within ourselves, and there we find our own light.

Samhain – Head Stones

 

 

In travelling down the tunnel back to our original soul we are supported by ancestral gifts (wisdom) which we take into the future. On each stone, on our own soul, are the marks of ancestral presence. the stone sits in the mandala web of life, it touches the ground. The symbolic stone connects to the gifts of our ancestors (DNA etc) and the gifts that the land of Ireland shares with us.

Winter solstice -

Welcoming Light

 

Our two dimensional triple symbol of imbolc has transformed into a 3D symbol. We have found our own inner light, our strength and resilience, and share this, symbolised by a lighthouse. The lighthouse guides the traveller to a safe harbour. We send out a welcome.

In 2014 we remembered the year with linking verse

Thanks to Martin, Tom, Susan, Bernadette, John A, Bernadette Mac, Nora and Anne for a wonderful time

Samain at Dowth, our first of the year,

and we hang onto nothing,

not comforts, not fear.

And as we make space,

releasing we bring.

The Cailleach gifts seeds,

a promise of spring.

Honouring our ancestors,

with a blessing and prayer,

we set a bowl fire,

and jump over with care.

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At Winter Solstice the sun returns.

In the stove the Yule Log burns. 

 

Decorations upon a tree. 

Gifts we share, its Christmassy.

Snowballs fly through the air,

 goodbye to winter's cold dark stare.

 Brigid's cloak and rainbow story

 and in the room a sunray glory.

 Imbolc crosses woven with care,

 Anenome corms for all to share.

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At the woodland shore of Lake Ramor,

 we write intentions for the summer,

releasing them to drift downstream,

 hoping for fulfilment of each dream.

 Equinox sleet, rain and sun

 confirm the spring has now begun.

Here come the lads! All off to town

 walking the streets, all joy, no frown.

 Bealtaine fun and a memory stone

 Men dealing with fire is best left unknown.

 We laughed and sung and danced around

 blessing Dublin's holy ground.

 Then down to Bewleys

where we had a cuppa.

 Then home on the train,

late for supper.

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Summer Solstice on Tara Hill 

watching the sunset,

goodnight, sleep still.

 Heartbeat drumming

and a bready bun

baked in the swirl

of the passing sun.

 Fairy and father stories told

 as the western sky transforms to gold.

 Thunder rolls amidst clouds and rain

 Indoors for Lughnasadh once again.

 Oatmeal triquetra guided our walks,

 then once indoors

we chose coloured stalks

 to represent each lifetime skill

 All brought together at Tara's hill.

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And now at Fourknocks we gather around

 thanking each other,

and blessing the ground.

 With stones in hand

impromptu Rock Band

sounds out the year

with harmonious cheer.

 This cycle is ending,

clear up chaff and grain,

 prepare for winter,

turn the wheel to Samhain.

 

Page last updated: 10th Mar 2017