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          The Sequani Calendar is 18 X 24 inches and is comprised of fourteen pages of original Celtic Art. Most of the art work on this web site came from the calendar. It is a unique way of following the days of the year that has been long forgotten. The artist, Mark Butervaugh uses his knowledge of astronomy and nature to accurately depict the months. Rivros, for instance, is a drawing based on his knowledge of ravens, and each star and the Milky Way in Samonios is exactly how the night sky appears in that lunar cycle. Calendars are $40.00. Click on the order form button to get your very own copy.

          The month of SAMONIOS is a month of miraculous births beginning with the appearance of the twin stars of Castor and Pollux on the Eastern Horizon. These miraculously born twins, from an egg containing both mortal and immortal potential, bridge the gap between this world and the Otherworld with their appearance on the first quarter moon heralding the Holy Nights of Winter Solstice. Further into the month shortly after the third quarter of the moon, a trio of stars including Rigel, Betelguese, and Castor march across the sky to illiminate this Oenach of light and birth.

          Literally translated as "seed fall," SAMONIOS is the month when the light of the Dagda, the seed of his loins, penetrates the womb of the earth and creates life. This light is symbolized by the sunrise of the Winter Solstice penetrating the inner chambers of the sacred mounds of the Neolithic peoples. At Newgrange, the sacred mound of the Bru na Boinne, the light of the Winter Solstice shines through a roof-box of white quartz for seventeen minutes to dramatically illuminate the cruciform chamber of the passage tomb. Here, the stone-carved geometric motifs common to trance states of shamanic ecstasy amplify the light in order that the observer may experience the light of life bestowed by the solar deity.

          This solar alignment initiates the light half of the year. Mistletoe is hung as a symbol of the immortal love that the good father, Dagda brought to Boand, the goddess of the Bru na Boinne. Oengus, the son of their union and the Lord of the Sid mound, guards the entrance to the Otherworld and immortal life.         MAT

 

 

You can see DUMANNIOS, the second month, here.

 

 

 

 

              The Myth of the Year reveals the astronomy underlying Celtic and Greek mythology using the calendar of the Druids discovered in Coligny, France and the Sacred Calendar of Eleusis of ancient Greece. The myths of the ancients follow the seasons through the constellations illuminating the path of knowledge our ancestors lived throughout their year. To fully explain the meaning of these seasonal myths, the origin of the goddesses and the gods are traced to their Neolithic roots using Marija Gimbutas' archetypes of the Neolithic Pantheon. Indo-European adaptations made to some of the major deities are also discussed providing a profile of the evolution of the ancient goddesses and gods from Neolithic times to their present representations in the night sky. Besides linking astronomy to mythology, The Myth of the Year presents an effective and carefully researched path of ancient knowledge viable to the public today as a source of the patterns of the sky, the earth, the moon, and the sun meticulously plotted through eons of ancient knowledge. Travel through the year and learn to keep time as the ancients did by the night sky. Explore the rhythms of the earth through the goddesses and gods of the human imagination on its voyage through time.

 

Click here to see a sample of the book.
Chapter One

 

Forthcoming in July, 2003.
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