Before the Bride and Groom make their vows, we send them love and light. I begin with sending an individual blessing to each then we all stand in circle and send love and happiness to the couple. This includes all the guests present and is a lovely way to make the ceremony more participatory. It is a very supportive and warming expereince for the Bride and Groom - to look around the room and see smiling faces wishing them love and joy on their big day! Congratulations to Caroline and Barry who tied the knot at Eamhain Macha, a very special and sacred space!
Hill of Tara Celtic Wedding
Wednesday was a beautiful day for a Celtic Wedding on Tara for Joy and Michael. the chosen location was facing south just beside where the Elder tTree wraps around the thorn Tree. Light puffy clouds, a warm breeze and a blue sky with strong sunshine made a perfect setting for Joy and Michael's Celtic Weddding. May the memory of this special day on Tara always be with them.
Tying the Knot
Sword and Drinking Horn
The Sword and Drinking horn form the opening of your ceremony. Once you decide to start the ceremony the sword is raised showing anticipation and readiness for the union and in return the drinking horn filled with mead(optional) is offered. The sword is dipped gently into the liquid and the symbolic union is made. Later at the close of ceremony you take your first celebratory sips from the drinking horn. I will provide a sword and drinking horn on the day for you to use or you can purchase a set from me and keep these, they are a wonderful way to celebrate your anniversaries to come.
I reached the age of 16 without realising I had a choice. I questioned and resisted the common narrative with passion but it wasn’t until I was standing in the school line for 'catholic confession' when I thought to ask about choice. I directed the question to the teacher in charge of religious instruction and beyond all expectations she answered truthfully, that yes, I did have a choice. So I stepped out of the line and proceeded to tell each young woman that she too had a choice to go or not to go to confession with the priest in the mobile wooden confession box. I was the only one of 30 who stepped out and stayed out of that line.
When I was 18 I decided to leave Ireland for good, I felt that I could never be accepted in Ireland. My challenging questions and evolving concepts of the world seemed to confuse and bewilder the people around me. I was angry and I wanted change. So off I went in search of utopia. Some years later whilst sitting alone in a little apartment in South Korea I realised I still had a choice and that how I live and what I believe in will always be my choice.
So I came home to Ireland and embarked on an adventure into Freedom.
Love Life Live Life
Ard Druí Niamh Connor is a founding member of Celtic Druid Temple. Niamh is also a co creator of a 16 acre fun, fuel and food forest.