Celtic Druid's Winter Sun Standing
Solstice is from the Latin and is made up from two words given roughly as: sol = sun and stice = stopped. Celtic Druids do not believe that the Sun stops so we use the old Irish word �Tairisem� which means standing still. In the winter this Sun Standing Still happens in the month of December around the 21st or 22nd. This is the lowest point of the solar year and the sun is 3 million miles closer to the Earth at this time than it is in mid-summer. The Sun is at its highest at noon and shadows are at their longest. There are almost 16 hours of night and only eight hours of daylight if you are in Ireland at this time.

This is not a specifically Gaelic holiday and many Pagan cultures celebrate this time with many festivals known by a range of names - Saturnalia, yule (or juul), Christmas, Xmas, the Long Night, Lenaea, the Festival of the Wild Women, Alban Arthuan, Serpent Days, Inti Raymi (Inca), Shabe-Yalda (a.k.a. Shab-e Yaldaa), Soyal (Hopi). The pagan romans called it Dies Natalis Invicti Solis, the Birthday of the Unconquered Sun when they honoured the old Pagan gods - Appolo, Attis, Baal, Dionysus, Helios, Hercules, Horus, Mithra, Osiris, Perseus, and Theseus.

In Ireland, people of all ages, sex and religions do some sort of celebration for 25th of December but more and more people are beginning to acknowledge the true turning of the Sun. The resurgence of the old pagan ways and the need to believe in something truly spiritual for this day has many people visit their nearby ancient sacred sites. We at Ireland�s Druidschool often hold our noon ceremony in front of Br� na Boinne (aka Newgrange) in the car park. Our ceremony is very simple - we call to Dagda and Boann. This is the earlier �gods� when the White Cow (Boann) is the living symbol of the Goddess, in the Iron Age the Celts

On this shortest day the sun rises with 0* of Capricorn in the background and this sunbeam aligns with Lambay Volcano to travel up a 66 foot passage to enter the chamber. The missing piece of the Solar Engineering magic at Br� na Boinne is the Quartz in the Roof box. Most researchers don�t know about his Quartz sunbeam modifier. MJ O�Kelly who excavated this temple wrote clear records in his book �Newgrange�. Much is written about this alignment in this website - words cannot describe the thrill of being at a sacred sites that was laid out to work with the energies on this specific day. Search the pages and find the many essays on this magnificent monument.

It is not possible to fix the date of the Winter Sun Standing as 21st of December because this event does not obey manmade calendars. The current calendar in use by the �white civilised� world was only agreed fully in the 1800�s. Before that date there was utter confusion and no system of dating days of birth for annual celebrations was available for anyone. Details on this system of False Time is at http://www.druidschool.com/site/1030100/page/471149

The timing for the celebration of the Winter Sun Standing as given in Irelands Druidschool is explained in depth at http://www.druidschool.com/site/1030100/page/472352 In its most basic - there were no clocks, no calendars and the passage of time was measured in Ireland by the penetration of a sunbeam into designed passages in stone cairns to exactly light up a section of a stone with carvings upon it. This happens even today so the ancestral calendar is still accurate. Even though the Cairn on Br� na Boinne has been reconstructed - as a solar activated earth energy machine - it is in ruins. The shortest day has the longest shadow and at Br� na Boinne this is usuall on the 21st or 22nd of Dec each year.

This is one of Eightfolds of the Solar Year of the Tuatha De Danann. All these alignments for the Eightfold Solar year have the fulcrum or pivotal point of the leaking energies from the volcano being wrapped back into the solar wind. This is earth magnetism and landscape healing at an extraordinary level.

This knowledge was lost or so it seemed but the Gods and Goddesses and the guardians of the Sacred Temples await true seekers with whom they share freely.

At Druidschool, we will guide you to find and express your Celtic Spirit by helping you discover the Three Realms, Three Cauldrons and Natural Time - this creates a strong foundation for becoming a Celtic Druid. We train students and pathworkers from all over the world who seek to know and express Sacred Knowledge and Indigenous Spiritual Traditions so that many seekers can walk a distinctly Celtic Druid Path. See our clearly defined training plan here
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