Newgrange is a passage tomb in the Boyne river valley in Ireland. It was built long before the pyramids in Egypt and is a sacred site. Erected in such a way that on the solstices, the sun's rays penetrate the light box above the entrance and fill the passageway and inner chamber with light. The ancients believed that the souls of the departed, represened by their ashes, which they placed in stone urns in the inner chamber, were taken by the retreating rays and transported to the afterlife.

The Solstice

From the stone of Fal on Tara high,
'cross the river that flows deep and slow,
the ancients all gather at this holy place
to catch the bright morning's warm glow.

 In robes of pure white, they walk the ground
and wait for the rising sun.
In the heart of the mound, old souls can be found;
heaven bound, they now become one.

The Master appears, an unearthly sight,
and raises his arms to the sky.
The people bow down, and kneel on the ground,
then chant with a joyful cry.

 The rays creep across the hills and the glen,
and strike the box over the door.
They follow along to the chamber, and then,
the love there enshrined, proudly soars.

It has always been done in this very way,
and for eons will last evermore.
Their spirits will rise and fly every day,
and watch over our true heart's core.

From “The Journey: A Nomad Reflects.”

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Tags: History of Ireland, Meath, Mythology, Newgrange

Comment by Bit Devine on August 11, 2014 at 2:33pm

Having been there on a Solstice, this takes me winging back... go raibh mile maith agat, a chara

Comment by John Anthony Brennan on August 11, 2014 at 2:57pm

Lest we forget.........


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