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“O most honored Greening Force,

You who roots in the Sun;
You who lights up, in shining serenity, within a wheel
that earthly excellence fails to comprehend.

You are enfolded
in the weaving of divine mysteries.

You redden like the dawn
and You burn: flame of the Sun.”

– Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), Viriditas


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Townleyhall, a passage tomb just north of Brú na Boinne, is aligned to the rising sun of the Summer Solstice.

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Carrowkeel’s Cairn G, a passage tomb in the west of the country, is aligned to the setting sun of the Summer Solstice.

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The Grange Stone Circle at Lough Gur in Co. Limerick has a solstice sunrise alignment.


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and They are. The Lordly Ones are out of their mounds, feasting within Ring and Fort, abroad on the Old Paths. I understand there are associations in Britain between the Hunt and Samhain, or wintry times, but here in |reland the Hunt and its warriors are associated with the Fianna, and they hunt in the summer when the sun is high. Sport of fighting and roaming the wild places takes place under the long sun of summer, when great exploits are at hand.

There are raids and war made at Samhain, to be sure. Just look to the ghastly discovery of poor Nera. In fact, all liminal seasons and times are ripe with activity but my Ring is fairly bursting with activity of late. To the deeds of these, my Kin, I must draw a veil but I promise, the air simply tingles. Just stick out your tongue and taste!

The Host is riding from Knockadoon
and over the grave of Cailleac Bare;
Caolte tossing his burning hair
And Niamh calling Away, come away:

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