Tales from the light
Newgrange, Co Meath, Ireland – Maeshowe, Orkney….
Celts and Norse folk have much to share in terms of burial chambers and beliefs. If it is said that no great Celtic tale in between Samhain and Yule is told, with maybe the exception of Daghda’s mating with Boand, and Oengus, the son who is conceived at dawn and born before dusk, was born. And although this interpretation has little to do with the winter solstice, it nonetheless evokes the Celtic motif for the pre-eminent Feminine darkness containing (notably) Daghda’s seed of light … Well, to both Celts and Norse folk, the winter solstice is somehow used through a mystic construction. If I am not mistaken, Newgrange’s stone sepulchre was constructed in such a way the primal rays of the sun would shoot straight into the inner chamber… Just like Maeshowe! That great chamber cairn houses not only Europe’s largest collection of Viking graffitti but also a dragon! (It’s an unforgettable visit, highly recommended, should you happen to tour the Northern Isles.)
Speaking of which…winter sunrise
Over the years, my daily commuting to Lerwick has enbled my heart to marvel at wonderful sunrises and sunsets. As we are pod-racing to the winter solstice, dawn and dusk gain in momentum. My daily trek north took an additional twist yesterday, as ice and snow from an Arctic Low has hit my latitude for a few days now…
From my bus window, I dazzled at the hues of blue gradually blending with those primal rays from the sun. Stunning palette of colours as we were driven to the islands’ urban hubl!