The new Moon takes place in darkness yet begins a new cycle of growth and experience. This Moon is the gate to the Jewish new year, Rosh Hoshannah. It begins a period of contemplation and remembrance, a time to take stock of what has happened during the past year, and to measure what our words and actions have created. The opportunity for new beginnings is always available us.
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This image of the Salmon in the pool of Segais is my inspiration as we approach the full Moon in Coll. The card is from the very beautiful Druid Animal Oracle, (Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm) illustrated by William Worthington. The Salmon lives in the Pool of Segais and eats the hazelnuts which fall from one of the nine hazel trees (Coll) which surround the pool. Salmon is revered as the Oldest Animal. He represents wisdom, inspiration and rejuvenation. Despite all obstacles, the salmon returns to her place of birth to mate and lay eggs.
Farewell OBOD Camps: Greetings White Horse Camps!
Many of you may have been wondering where OBOD Camps have gone.
Answer: like little Gwion we have undergone transformation and been reborn as White Horse Camps after the equivalent of a period in Ceridwen’s womb. We are now independent of, though still closely linked to, OBOD.
In Celtic lore, Hazel nuts are the food of the Salmon of Wisdom who dwells in the pool of Segais. The Salmon is one of the forms taken by Fintan, a combination of shaman and Noah called ‘the White Ancient.’ When Fintan becomes Salmon he is known as the ‘oldest animal.’ The Hazel nut represents concentrated wisdom, poetic wisdom and inspiration. Hazel knowledge includes measurement, surveying, and the art of dowsing for underground water sources.
It’s been a very good year for the well-known and much-loved scholar of Pagan, Druid and Wiccan history Professor Ronald Hutton. His wonderful TV series, Professor Hutton’s Curiosities is airing on Yesterday TV, and last week he was elected Fellow of the British Academy. Here is the news from the Bristol University website:
As soon as the Sun moves into Leo, on July 22, Moon enters the opposite sign, Aquarius. Sun and Moon create a gate into the Leo/Aquarius axis at 00 degrees. The two luminaries offer us a fresh start at the very moment of culmination in the Moon/Sun cycle! Leo is about the Sun’s full glory in the brightest and hottest days of summer while the full Moon in Aquarius balances that creative and fiery force with a deep concern for community and the social structures which support and yet limit our self expression.
Each year the Order grants a scholarship for research in Druidism and related subjects. This year's paper by Dr.Karen Ralls has just been published and you can find it here:
The battle between the Oak King and the Holly King continues with this new cycle of the Moon.
Duir (Oak) is the Moon of the Summer Solstice, when the Sun at his height is wounded by the Holly King and begins his journey into the dark half of the year. He will meet his nemesis again at the time of the Winter Solstice and regain his crown.
There is a great water wheel in the sky at this moment. As it whirls, we experience the creativity, fertility and deep connection of the element water along with the release of long held tears.
Maybe, because this is the new Moon in Gemini, we are ‘seeing double.’ As well as the exact conjunction between the Moon and Sun which marks the moment of the new Moon, we also have Mars, god of war positioned at the same degree of Gemini with Pallas Athena, goddess of war. Let us hope this does not auger more war than already exists in the world.