Lughnasadh is the next of the most important Celtic festivals, which is celebrated on August 1st. This festival marks the beginning of the harvest, celebrates the abundance of nature and the generosity of Mother Earth.
Celebrations can hold on high hills, at sacred trees and wells or at other important natural formations. During Lughnasadh people invoke and worship the Pagan divinities and ask them to protect ripening crops.
It is a time of races, horse races, dances and various contests of strenght and skill. It is a good time for weddings.
To honor the harvest is baked pie from berries.
They call it the Giant castle. An ancient fortification on the top of a hill high about a kilometre above the sea level. According to science this castle was built by the Celts. Interestingly, science wasn’t able to find out a single shred of evidence of any settlement there. Therefore, the scientists developed a hypothesis that it was just a place of ritual. The thing is the Celts didn’t build such places, never mind building them on a top of a hill and all the hard work by fortifying them with h stone walls. People who know the Celtic‘s attitudes towards god worshipping, also had to have a big laugh about the scientific hypothesis. What should science do when legends say that the Giant castle is occupied by giants who throw stones down the hill? And what is worse – stones actually really do fall down from the hills. Big hundred-kilo boulders fall in a large amounts. According to the scientists it is the tourists causing the stones fall. Science can be sometimes really funny, but what they completely overlooked, as if it didn’t exist, are the small stone trolls which appear throughout the place. One decade ago there were none – I went through this place several times myself. Today, there are dozens of them. As if something has been slowly but surely coming to us…
Do you know that it is possible to stop eating physical food and be fully nourished by energy? This energy can be called differently – Prana, Čchi, Ki, Mana etc. If you haven’t heard anything regarding this phenomen you must think that that it is impossible. But don’t forget that our way of thinking is set by our lifestyle, by the consumer world in which we were raised. E.g. for people in India who practice asceticism it is quite normal to eat just a little or not even eat at all. Also for Indian people it is not something new as it is for us. Nowadays or even decades ago doctors examined and watched a few people who are able to live only from energy (e.g. they didn’t eat for years) – they were not able to find out how this is possible, but the examined subject was under 24/7 surveillance, didn’t eat and still was absolutelly fit. If you want to know more, you can find a lot of information on this topic on the internet.
The more the transcendent skills develop, the more a moral being gets stronger over material lust. Material motives inspire only the exterior of a person – egoism, glory or the desire for money go away and the perspective how we assess the meaning of life is changing. The Enlightened one is not looking from the bottom to the top, he is looking down from the top. When physical lust loses its power, we are able to see the world in another way and perceive it from another view. With this new view we can receive new feelings and perceptions. New link to transcendent will develop – that is the first step to Enlightenment. But it can’t be given to unworthy ones. The enlightened would rather suffer mockery than reveal the Enlightenment just to defend himself. He is convinced about the truth and silence is the answer for all gossip and mockery. Creative forces are no longer a mystery for him he can see and feel these forces or even participate in them. Therefore he is not afraid of the death of his physical body – this body was loaned to him for one life – he overreached a stage of physical death and he knows about the world behind the curtain of physical life.
Imbolc is a very important feast. The goddess Brigit comes back to people and gives them strength for the New Year. Let’s not forget that Celts, same as the Jews and other ancient cultures do not have a clearly defined beginning and end of the year. Such thinking was imposed to us by artificially created Christianity. Within old cultures, we could talk about several beginnings of important periods in the annual cycle of the planet. The feast of Imbolc is one of those beginnings. With the advent of Brigit, nature awakens. Every living creature has a duty to honour the arrival of the goddess, whether it ´s the birds in the trees, deer in the woods or beasts in their lairs. Humans honoured her arrival by the ritual of “First tillage”. This tillage was performed by the “king” of the village. He harnessed white horses or oxen and plowed the first furrow into which people put in their various small items as gifts. At this time, druids also walked around the forests and checked the status of their wells. Everybody began with cleaning and preparation for the new season, when it was necessary to plant, nurture and harvest. Today we do not live as our ancestors did. Although the feast of Imbolc is equally important for us. It shows us the basic principles of the order of natural. The only moral principle of nature, where there are no false pretences and it cannot be doubted. The cycle of birth, work, fruits and death, after which in the entire universe the beginning of a new cycle follows. Let’s honour these principles on the feast of Imbolc, which are the highest and only God of every elementary particles of a matter, which indiscriminately constitute the entire universe.
From time immemorial nature has provided us everything we need for living. Gives us enough food, the resources for building a home or just a feeling of sacredness. But times have changed and the link to the nature is becoming thiner. But people didn´t forget how to use plants and the secrets of nature. Mainly our grandmothers know how to use herbs, leaves, roots, or other various parts from plants. I have found out that my grandma is a fountain of knowledge and I have started to learn from her. From a magical view, every plant has a specific time when it should be harvested or we can go even further and collect them under the effect and position of the planets.
Do you use plants and make essences, ointments, elixirs, tinctures or other extracts from them? Do you collect them at specific times or as and when you need them? Write to us with your experience!
The ancient Celtic goddess Abnoba was the patron of fertility in a wider sense. However, only few know that one of her characteristics was a secret and carefully hidden jealousy. Today, we could ask why hide such a natural thing, but it is necessary to understand that we are talking about a characteristic, which was unnaturally imposed by Christianity. In the ancient period of the Celts the world was flowing with laws of nature and the fulfillment of female biological needs which was in first place in the life tasks of women. So it is not surprising that Abnoba knew quite well that something was wrong with her and because she was afraid that her strange disease could be passed to the Celt women who loved her as a goddess of fertility, she made a little magic with incalculable consequences. She divided her jealousy into small stone pearls and then she buried them deep in the woods in a very large area. Something very strange happened. The ground didn´t accept her pearls and mournful tears welled up in the places where she had hidden them. Today they are known as Abnoba’s tears. Springs that have great magical power. However, it was a slightly different power than the goddess had wished. It is said, that if you drink from that source it binds your heart with a magical power and you will never forget about it. Every time you remember you will feel a jealous stabbing pain in your heart.
This recipe is old more than 4000 years! It was called „the body balm“ or „mummification of life“.
You will need:
– 0.5 liter 80-90 % alcohol
– 20-40 g of raw propolis
– A handful of almonds
– A clean bottle about 0.7 liters, which will be used to the preparation of the potion
– A clean bottle about 1 liter, in which the finished potion will dilute
Into the clean bottle about 0.7 liters put propolis, almonds and pour alcohol. Thereafter stopper the bottle very well. The mixture let steep for two months. Occasionally is good to turn the bottle upside down and back so that the mixture was mixed. After two months filter the finished potion. First use a sifter and then a fine, but permeable, linen. This way the potion is cleaned. Prepare the clean 1 liter bottle, into that put 0.5 liter of boiled water. When this water will be cold, add the cleaned potion and everything mix very well. This way was prepared the 1 liter of the potion with content of alcohol about 40-45 %. Serve 25 ml (small jigger) in the evening before bedtime. Repeat it at least 3 times a year. This liquor acts like a body filler.
WARNING !! 80% alcohol is highly explosive (including fumes). We assume no responsibility for improper handling! Don‘t consume alcohol about 80% and more! Using this recipe will create an alcoholic beverage. Meet the laws of your country and find out if it is allowed the production of alcoholic beverages and consistent with the laws!