Yes it is Samhain today !
Cairn L at Loughcrew, Co. Meath where on one stone the
Samhain sun shines.
Samhain is the last of the Fire Festivals and the penultimate before Winter Solstice [Grianstad an Gheirnhridh] after which the first celebration is the Birth of the New Sun (New Year) [An bhlian úr agus breith an ghrian nua]
All that is written above is not old folk lore yarns. It is factual and can be proved by astronomical calculations/observations.
The druids of today such as me are as keenly aware what is going on in the sky above their heads as were the people of eight thousand years ago. It is to those wise people, men and women that we applaud for having constructed the mounds/cairns so very carefully that the light of the sun is able to shine in on set dates throughout the year to illuminate particular stones the backwalls.
I have two examples to share with you as proof of what I am saying,
both of the places are of equal importance, as are all of the mounds throughout Ireland and elsewhere.
The Mound of the Hostages at Tara and Cairn L at Loughcrew.
Both of them situated in Co. Meath and several miles apart, there are as I have said many other mounds in Ireland most of which have never been opened or excavated and perhaps that is a good thing too.
The Mound of the Hostages at Tara in Co. Meath
Well, now last night I set out a poem and thinking it finished I went to bed to sleep soundly. Then on arising glanced again at what had been written and added a a few lines more. So here it is for your perusal :
Thrown back in time
No fault of my own.
As watery light falls
Greenly through glass
While fumes flow lazily
Up black chimney stack
Smiling smoke turf flavoured
An ambrosian dessert for all
On this ancient day
Ruled by sullen sky
SAMHAIN has birthed
A new season
Winter is her name
7th November 2017
Heralded by a shaft of Light
in Tara’s Mound of the Hostages.
© MRL 7/11/17