TRADITIONAL CELTIC HOLIDAYS

Brigid’s Day or Imbolc

Feb. 1st or 2nd

The Brigid’s Cross is the symbol of the day. Traditionally, reeds or straw are collected from the fields and crafted into a cross. St. Brigid is Ireland’s first native saint, the most celebrated Irish female saint. Brigid as a goddess has always been associated with fire, poetry, unity, childbirth, and healing. This is a time of new growth and beginnings.

  • Brigid’s Cross Stone
  • Brigid’s Welcome Plaque
  • Brigid Goddess Altar Plaque
  • Spiral Goddess Plaque
  • Crescent Moon Plaque

Saint Patrick’s Day

March 17th

This special holiday is devoted to the patron saint of Ireland. On this day a traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage is served, and family and friends get together. The day celebrates the heritage and culture of the Irish with parades and festivals, Céilís, (musical gatherings,) the wearing of green attire and shamrocks.

  • Celtic Morning Blessing- Attributed to St. Patrick
  • Celtic Home Blessing
    Celtic Inspiration Blessing
    Any Celtic Knot Stone or Plaque

Spring Equinox or Ostara

March 20th or 21st

This is considered the middle of the Spring season and is also referred to as the Spring Equinox. As Spring reaches its midpoint, night and day stand in perfect balance, with light on the increase. The natural world is coming alive. The next full moon is called Ostara and is sacred to Eostre a Saxon Lunar Goddess whose two symbols were the egg and the rabbit. The hare is a symbol of the moon. Easter comes from the name Eostre, which is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox.

  • Greenman Stone
  • Diana Stone
  • Rose Stone
  • Gaia (Mother Earth) Altar Plaque –
    She has flowers in her hair, and soothes us with a gentle smile.

May Day or Beltane

May 1

Beltane honors Life. It represents the peak of Spring and the beginning of Summer. Earth energies are at their strongest and most active. All of life is bursting with potent fertility. It is a popular time for weddings or Handfastings, (a traditional betrothal for “a year and a day”). Another common element is “jumping the broomstick” – this goes back to a time when two people who could not afford a church ceremony, or want one, would be accepted in the community as a married couple if they literally jumped over a broom laid on the floor. The broom marked a ‘threshold’, moving from an old life to a new one.

  • Greenman Stone
    a symbol of rebirth, representing the cycle of new growth that occurs every spring.
  • Greenwoman Stone Hawthorn leaves encircle her face, the sacred wood of the Maypole.

Traditionally Beltane began when the Hawthorn, know as “the May,” blossomed.

Summer Solstice or Lithia

June 20th or 21st

A celebration of the Sun and the Earth. As we watch the ripening, flowering and fruiting all around us, we can’t help but be moved by, and grateful for, the generosity of the Earth Mother. It is the longest day of the year, the shortest night, and a tipping point: From here on out the days get shorter and the nights get longer. Each year, at Stonehenge, thousands of people gather to celebrate the sunrise.

  • The Sun Stone
    Sun Plaque
    Companions to the Moon Plaque (out of stock)
  • Gaia (Mother Earth) Altar Plaque with shelf

Lammas or Lughnasaad

Lammas is the celebration of the first Harvest, of grain, a time for gathering in and giving thanks for abundance.In the Wheel of the Year cycle, Mabon or the Autumn Equinox is the Second Harvest of fruit and crops, and Samhain is the third and Final Harvest of nuts and berries .

The word ‘Lammas’ is derived from ‘loaf mass’ and is indicative of how central and honored is the first grain and the first loaf of the harvesting cycle. It is also the festival of Lugh, the Celtic Sun King. August is His sacred month when He initiated great festivities in honor of His mother, Tailtiu. Feasting, market fairs, games and bonfire celebrations were the order of the day. Circle dancing, reflecting the movement of the sun in sympathetic magic, was popular, as were all community gatherings.

August was considered an auspicious month for handfastings and weddings. But underlying this is the knowledge that the bounty and energy of the Sun, is now beginning to wane. It is a time of change and shift. Active growth is slowing down and the darker days of winter and reflection are beckoning…

  • Celtic Spiral stone Celtic Cross Stone

Autumn Equinox or Mabon

Night and day are again of equal length and in perfect balance. The cycle of the natural world is moving towards completion. Mabon is a celebration and also a time of rest after the labor of harvest. In terms of life-path it is the moment of reaping what you have sown, time to look at the hopes and aspirations of Imbolc and Ostara, and reflect on how they have manifested. It is time to complete projects, to clear out and let go that which is no longer wanted or needed as we prepare for descent, so that the winter can offer a time for reflection and peace. And it is time to plant seeds of new ideas and hopes, which will lie dormant but nourished in the dark, until the return of Spring.

  • The Labyrinth Stone
  • Tao “Journey of Life” Stone
  • The Moon Stone

Hallowe’en or Samhain

Ancient Celts marked Samhain as the most significant of the four quarterly fire festivals, taking place at the midpoint between the Fall Equinox and the Winter Solstice. After the harvest work was complete, celebrants joined together to light a community fire using a wheel that would cause friction and spark flames. The wheel was considered a representation of the sun and used along with prayers. Participants took a flame from the communal bonfire back to their home to relight the hearth. It was thought that the veil between the worlds was thinnest at this time, and offerings were left for the fairies and those who had passed beyond.

  • The Celtic Tree of Life Plaque
  • Celtic Spirit Blessing Plaque
  • The Raven Plaque
  • The Moon Stone
  • Celtic Triple Goddess Plaque

Winter Solstice or Yule

The light of the Sun begins a new solar cycle at Winter Solstice. In the Northern Hemisphere at this time we are experiencing the longest and darkest nights of the year, and the shortest days with the least amount of daylight.  In winter everything lies dormant in the silent earth, it is a sacred time of rest and reflection, before the awakening and the slow build toward brighter days.

The energy of winter is that of going within, and new inspirations can eventually emerge.  As we consciously link our awareness to nature’s cycles, our understanding of our own personal growth cycles begin to deepen. This time is mirrored in nature, as the seeds are buried in the darkness of the Earth, to emerge once again with the life-giving rays of the sun.

  • Minoan Labyrinth Plaque
  • Labyrinth Stone
  • Ancient Trees Plaque
  • Book of Durrow
  • Celtic Knot Plaque
  • Peace Plaque
  • Fairy Wall Plaque
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