As we crawl out from a long winter, we haven’t entirely been embraced by spring weather yet. Come on spring, out you come! We need some of the warm stuff! Fire up that yellow ball in the sky!
For Celts, the sun festivals were very important (that’s because the sun is so damn precious here!) The Sun festivals of ancient Ireland are still known by their old Irish names, Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasa and Samhain. These Sun festivals are many thousands of years old. They have survived invasions from across the Irish Sea, and of course the attempt by the Catholic Church to erase any indigenous worship of nature. But they live on! And for good reason – they make sense to us. Celtic traditions are enjoying a resurgence once again as people’s attendance at church starts to fall off in unprecedented numbers.
We are currently residing between Imbolc and Beltane, hoping for a warm summer as usual. With the spring Equinox which has just passed, we are reminded that equinox means “equal night.” Day and night are about equal in length at the equator. In Ireland, the spring equinox was celebrated before even the Celtic tribes turned up here. We have always been experts at the equinoxes. So let’s keep it that way.
Speaking of religion, I predicted in the 2016 edition that there would be a mass movement away from religion. And this will continue for many years to come. This will be a great freedom for a lot of Irish people. Many will be able to go back to their roots and celebrate Irish nature, the seasons, and the trajectory of the stars… as they have done since the dawn of humans on this island. And the changing of the seasons is the only thing we know for sure in uncertain times.
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Happy Spring people, and let’s all hope for a warm and sunny summer.
Old Moore’s Almanac