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Honouring the Sun Goddess, a Gaelic prayer for the solstice.

In the Celtic tradition, the Sun is female, a divine light and life bringer, so the Summer Solstice honours this season as a time of great fruitful goddess energy, but also a time of great power. In Celtic times summer solstice fires would be lit on beacon hills and high places to honour the sun and ward away evil, as this is a time when the veil between the worlds is said to be thin, encouraging interchange between the world and the spirit realm.

Sacred hills such as Cnoc Áine in Limerick, Ireland, named after the sun goddess Áine, were places of great ceremony in Celtic times, with fires lit there until at least 1879. Áine was also known as a Queen of the Faeries, the Sidhe, and one tale tells of how she emerged from the hill to ask the revellers to head home early so her people could come out for their own celebrations.  Her sister is the Goddess Griéne, meaning 'Sun' is associated with Cnoc Griéne , also in Limerick. It's likely that both these hills were once beacons hills with Fires lit to honour the solstice since ancient times. 

On the Isle of Man summer solstice traditions included putting out bales of grass to please the god of the island, Manannan mac Lir, the Celtic god of the sea and the husband of Áine. He was said to have visited the island in the form of a heron, to court the local ladies. This tradition continued well into the 19th century and has since been revived.

This summer solstice also falls at the time of the full moon. While the moon was sometimes considered male - the god Nuada is connected to lunar energy and lore, in Scots Gaelic culture she is also considered female- the full moon being called 'the swollen womb' - so this year the solstice will be particularly powerful. This year I shall be honoring both of them in my prayers. 

I especially love this Gaelic prayer to honour the sun:

Fàilte ort féin, a ghrian nan tràth,

‘S tu siubhail ard nan speur;

Do cheumaibh treun air sgéith nan ard,

‘S tu màthair àigh nan reul.

Thu laighe sìos an cuan na dìth

Gun dìobhail is gun sgàth,

Thu ‘g éirigh suas air stuagh na sìth, 

Mar rìoghain òg fo bhlàth.

Hail to you, O sun of the seasons,

As you travel the skies aloft;

Your steps are strong on the wing of the heavens,

You are the glorious mother of the stars.

You lie down in the destructive ocean

Without impairment and without fear;

You rise up on the peaceful wave-crest

Like a youthful queen in bloom.

 

Blessed Be! 

 

 

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Danu Forest wisewoman, witch, seer, walker between the worlds, healer, druid, priestess, teacher, writer, gardener, herbwife, stargazer, faery friend, tree planter, poet, and wild woman lives in a cottage near Glastonbury Tor in the midst of the Avalon lakes, in the southwest of England. Exploring the Celtic mysteries for over 25 years, and noted for her quality research, practical experience, as well as her deep love of the land, Danu writes for numerous national and international magazines and is the author of several books including Nature Spirits, The Druid Shaman, Celtic Tree Magic, and an on going seasonal series 'the Magical Year'.

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  • Tony Lima
    Tony Lima Monday, 20 June 2016

    This day I wonder if she really cares about being honored.
    Keeping her secrets in knowledge of time and place, yes - a vital essence, so gear life as such!

    You need to see how the world of routine and what you do that counts is in after dead, then proceed...

  • Tony Lima
    Tony Lima Monday, 20 June 2016

    This day I wonder if she really cares about being honored.
    Keeping her secrets in knowledge of time and place, yes - a vital essence, so gear life as such!

    You need to see how the world of routine and what you do that counts is in after dead, then proceed...

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