Calan Gaeaf

Whilst we are familiar with Samhain, which originates in Ireland and Scotland, we should also acknowledge Calan Gaeaf, an ancient Welsh celebration with lots of similarities with Samhain and Halloween. Calan Gaeaf is the name of the first day of winter in Wales, observed on 1 November. The night before is Noson Galan Gaeaf, an Ysbrydnos (English – Spirit Night) whenContinue reading “Calan Gaeaf”

The Celtic Origin of Halloween

During the second battle of Mag Tuired on the Eve of Samhain those slain by the Fomorians were brought back to life by the magical waters of the Slaine Well to return to battle until their secret was later discovered. Many lost their lives from both sides during battle and this sets the tone forContinue reading “The Celtic Origin of Halloween”

John Aubrey, founder of Druid Renaissance?

John Aubrey FRS (12 March 1626 – 7 June 1697) was an English antiquary, natural philosopher and writer. He was a pioneer archaeologist, who recorded (often for the first time) numerous megalithic and other field monuments in southern England, and who is particularly noted as the discoverer of the Avebury henge monument. The Aubrey holes at Stonehenge are named after him. Respected by fellow scientists asContinue reading “John Aubrey, founder of Druid Renaissance?”

Sequani (Coligny) Calendar

Introduction When the Romans invaded Gaul, they made it law for the people to use the Julian calendar. Despite this the Sequanii tribe, kept the old lunisolar calendar of the ancient Celts alive right up to the second century. How do we know? In 1897 at Coligny (near Lyon) an amazing discovery was made. TheContinue reading “Sequani (Coligny) Calendar”

Segontium

Segontium (Old Welsh: Cair Seiont) is a Roman fort on the outskirts of Caernarfon in Gwynedd, North Wales was founded by Agricola in 77/ 78 CE after he conquered the Celtic tribe of the Ordovices. The fort survived until the end of the Roman occupation of Britain c. 394 CE. It was garrisoned by Roman auxiliaries from Belgium and Germany. According to Nennius “Here, Constantius the Emperor died.” Constantius Chlorus,Continue reading “Segontium”

Solstice blessings from the Order of Celtic Wolves

Solstice blessings to you all. “Solstice” (Latin: “solstitium”) means sun-stopping. The point on the horizon where the sun appears to rise and set, stops and reverses direction after this day. On the solstice, the sun does not rise precisely in the east, but rises to the north of east and sets to the north ofContinue reading “Solstice blessings from the Order of Celtic Wolves”

The Sun is Further North on the Solstice

For several years Inuit native Americans have observed that the sun is rising and setting further north on the June Soltice and further south on the December Solstice. The Earth’s axis tilt wobbles and many theorise that this has caused catastrophic effects due to climate change at least four times in Earth’s history. Indeed, theContinue reading “The Sun is Further North on the Solstice”

A Beltane Tale of Unrequited Love

Gwydion and Math worked together creating a woman using flowers of the oak, broom and meadowsweet and gave her the name Blodeuwedd (Flower-Faced). She was destined to be Lleu’s wife. However, love cannot be forced and Blodeuwedd loved another and whilst her husband Lleu is away, she falls in love with Gronw Pebr, Lord ofContinue reading “A Beltane Tale of Unrequited Love”