SAMHAIN 2007  

Text of Paganachd's
 Tara solidarity Samhain Ritual

 

 

Hi all,

Tonight at Tara we continue the festival of Samhain with Pipers and  Harpists as well as Poets and other entertainment but before I leave for the road I would like to thank all of you who lit beacons for Tara xxx and share a few thoughts from the night myself.

After much preperation by people constructing sheltered domes, making food, carrying firewood and water, and general gearing up, we awaited the falling of night with great anticipation. The first fire to be lit was at Tlachtga, Hill of Ward in Athboy .The night was mild and dry and starlit. I had the great honour of going there accompanied by Emma and Brogen Sharme Hayes and our own Sean Gilmartin to light candles from it's flames and bring them on the Sacred Pilgrimage to Tara. From these candles, Tara itself would be lit and from there 7
flames went out to light her surrounding hills. I put a candle from Brighid's flame in there for ya Jaen too :)

Once we arrived at Tara we were escorted by a group of Warriors blowing horns to announce the arrival of the flames. The fire was lit in the gravel pit by Phoenix where he gave a short speech explaining the significance of the event and which was greeted by much applause and high spirits. People were asked to make a wish as they added their wood to the fire. We sang and chanted as the flames grew higher and we continued on until it was time for the 7 teams to come forward to light their candles and set about their journeys to the hills around Tara. The drumming and chanting continued around the fire.

I wandered around from gathering to gathering for a while saying hello and meeting people. Eventually I set off for the Mound of the Hostages where I stayed alone for a long time soaking it in, relishing the moment in reverence and imagining what it must have been like there many many lifetimes ago. I imagined how happy the Ancestors must be to see their tradition awakened again. It was quite overwhelming.

I checked in with the Teams every so often to see how they were progressing and as each fire was lit they reported back and let a rocket up into the air. They werent perfectly synchronised but thats ok :) All fires were lit and I must admit it was absolutely amazing looking around and knowing that not just these but other Beacons all over the country and across the world were twinkling back at Tara. If
you didnt know where to look you could have been looking at any other bonfire on halloween night , but these were Special. I spent a while hanging around afterwards listening to the poetry and singing before deciding it was time to sleep after all the excitement.

The reports I have heard so far have been negatively centered on people being drunk and yob teenagers setting fireworks off in very dangerous attacks on people passing by. I am glad to say I didnt see any of that. I did see a few drunks but only one was really out of line. I have heard of people falling over drunk but again, I didnt see anyone falling except in the dark wandering around without torches. It was to be expected I suppose that a yob element would turn up seeing as it was open to the public but I hope that people will be more vigilant tonight so that these thugs dont get a chance to mar another event. Hope to have pics soon :)

Blessings,
Carmel

 

 

     

 

 
   
 

 

     

 
   

 

 

 
   

 

 

   

 

 
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

Hi all,

Tonight at Tara we continue the festival of Samhain with Pipers and  Harpists as well as Poets and other entertainment but before I leave for the road I would like to thank all of you who lit beacons for Tara xxx


Blessings,
Carmel

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