Another Ceremony which helps to stay connected to nature and the seasonal cycles is the Full Moon Ceremony. The Moon has fascinated humans for as long as we exist. It holds a special connection not only to the tides but to us as well. If you would like to experience a Full Moon Ceremony, I would recommend you join the ceremony held every month on the Hill of Tara by Red John, a good friend of mine and member of the Celtic Druid school Ireland.
Here are some words from Red John, giving you an insight into the Full Moon Ceremony:
Druidschool Ireland has held open and free ceremonies on the Hill of Tara for every Full Moon since the Spring Equinox 2003. I have been holding the space since Samhain 2010. Attending this ceremony over the years has become an important part of who I am and has led me down a path I never expected to travel. Standing on the Hill of Tara during these ceremonies has helped me step out of man-made time and become more in- tune with the natural cycle of the earth and nature.
As every day and night is unique and special so every full moon ceremony is unique and special. Every ceremony brings a different group of people, each carrying their own energies, wishes and expectations. As the fire at the start of the ceremony in the heart of our circle is created, we gather, we energise our Aura with the Celtic Cross of Light and we send the blessing to the Three Realms, call blessings from the four directions, above and below. As we have come together, we connect on a higher level and our auras intermingle. We are creating a new light in the centre of our circle; this light starts with a little bit of all those in the circle and all those around the globe who connect with us. We add to it, calling our ancestors, our guides, our teachers, the spirit of the lands, Tara, Sliabh na Callighe to come and stand with us in our ceremony. We connect with the moon, the stars and their constellations, all the time the ball of light within our circle is building, getting stronger. After we send healing to those who need it, we walk around the fire three times stirring up the energy, sending a little bit of light out to those who are carrying a little bit of heaviness in their heart and are open to receive it. Sometimes words come that need to be said; other times standing in the stillness with our own thoughts is enough. And before we know it our ceremony is drawing to a close.
The fire turns to embers, which are eventually tipped onto the gravel path. The embers are moved around with a staff, as the hiss and sizzle on the wet gravel, we look into the embers to see what shapes or face we can see. As the last ember fades we turn and head back to the car park and home for a warm cup of tea or on occasion something a little stronger.
I have stood on Tara in every weather and have enjoyed every experience associated with it. Many peoples have attended the full moon ceremony both in spirit and in person. I have held the ceremony with a group of up to 40 people, but I have also held the ceremony by myself. Each experience is special.
If you would like to join our Full Moon Ceremony, you are welcome to. It is open to all people who would like to experience it with an open heart and open mind. Red John has been following the Celtic Druids path for over 10 years after a lifetime of searching. Walking the Celtic Druid path he connects to nature, the ancestors, the Three Realms, the Three Cauldrons and to Natural Time. John is a lightworker and has trained in Reiki, Reflexology, Holistic Massage, Indian Head Massage and Shamanic Healing. John has trained with Irelands Druidschool, Green Tara College and has worked with shamans/healers from Peru, South Africa, and America. John has held the Full Moon on the Hill of Tara since Samhain 2010. To find out more about the Celtic Druid Path go to www.celticdruidtemple.com
FULL MOON CEREMONIES ON THE HILL OF TARA The Full Moon Ceremony on Tara is free and open to everyone who wants to connect to Nature based spirituality and the Ancestors. It’s a family friendly gathering but dress in layers because it is on top of a hill and there can be a wind chill... Ceremony starts around 8pm (ish) on the Full Moon, this is the second day of the three days that the moon is full. Full Moon dates for 2018 are as follows 2nd of January 31st of January 2nd of March 31st of March 30th of April 29th of May 28th of June 27th of July 26th of August 25th of September 24th of October 23rd of November