Solar Ceremonies 2008
The following dates are when the Dark Moon Grove of Druidschool holds ritual ceremony to honour the Suns passage through the Eightfolds of the Solar Year 4 as determined by the sunrise alignments over Lambay Island Volcano to the Temples of our Ancestors.

This list of Solar Ceremonies is for 2008 in the current era or Year 4 in the New Celtic Cycle of Time.

WINTER SUN STANDING
Sun at 0* Capricorn
Saturday 22nd December
Public Ceremony at noon Bru na Boinne (Newgrange)

IMBOLG
Sun at 10* Aquarius
Wednesday 30 January
Public Ceremony at noon on Tara at the Mound of the Hostages

EQUINOX
Sun at 0* Aries
Thursday 20 March
Dark Moon Grove Ceremony at noon on Summerhill
Venue changed to Rath Lugh in the Sacred Valley of Tara at noon.

BELTINE
Sun at 10* Taurus
Wednesday 30 April
Dark Moon Grove Ceremony at noon on Lyons Hill
Twin Fire Public Ceremony on Tara at 8pm

SUMMER SOLSTICE
Sun at 0* Cancer
Sarturday 21 June
Public Ceremony at noon on Tara at the Mound of the Hostages
(Multiple ceremony on Tara � see Tara Pilgrimage 2008)

LUGHNASA
Sun at 10* Leo
Saturday 2 August
Dark Moon Grove Ceremony at noon on Lyons Hill and Rath Lugh at 8pm

EQUINOX
Sun 0* Libra
Tuesday 23 September
Dark Moon Grove Ceremony at noon on Knockastia

SAMHAIN Solar, (Lunar)
Sun at 10* Scorpio,
Sunday 2 November
Dark Moon Grove Ceremony at noon Cairn �L� Sliabh na Callighe

Celtic New Year 4 (Dark Moon at 10* Scorpio)
We began this year of the Dark Moon Cycle on 9 Nov 07 with ceremonies to honour the alignment of the Dark Moon at 10* Scorpio. Water Ceremony at Tobar Tlachtga 4pm, Fire Ceremony with pure new flame at sunset on Tlachtga, second fire on Tara about 8ish and 12 midnight third fire on third sacred site at the Hill of the Veiled Ones / Sliabh na Callighe. The end of this �Celtic Year 4� is on the 28th of October 2008, 4 nights before the Catholic Samhain celebration of Halloween.

We celebrate the start of the Pagan New Year with the Dark Moon aligning over Lambay Volcano to the Quartz Standing Stone inside Cairn �L� at the Hill of the Veiled Ones / Sliabh na Callighe / Loughcrew. This is the closest new or Dark Moon alignment at 10* of Scorpio to the Solar alignment at 10* of Scorpio in 08.

Celtic New Year calculations
Celtic Year 1
On Wednesday the 2nd of November 2005 we had the Sun and Moon together make a perfect alignment at 10* of Scorpio triggering the start of Great Cycle of Celtic Time, Celtic Year 1.
Celtic Year 2
On Monday the 22th of October 2006 we had a huge family gathering of Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter just after the Moon (dark) moves over 10* of Scorpio. A long Moon Year began.
Celtic Year 3
On Monday the 9th of November 2007 we started with the Sun within 6* of the Dark Moon which was at 10* of Scorpio - the end of a very long Moon Year.
Celtic Year 4
On Tuesday the 28 October 2008 the Sun, the Dark Moon and Mars will be in Scorpio, Mercury will be 12* to Scorpio and Venus will be 12* past Scorpio. A family gathering for Celtic Year 4.
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