An equinox is an astronomical event in which the Earth's equator passes through the center of the Sun. When this happens, day and night are of equal length around the world. These were extremely important dates for the ancients who inhabited a region of Ireland still held sacred today.
Loch Craobh (Loughcrew) sits in the Bru Na Boinne (Boyne Valley,) not far from Oldcastle, County Meath, Ireland. It was erected approximately 3400 years ago and is older than Stonehenge and the pyramids in Egypt. It is a site of major importance and contains many megalithic burial mounds, passage tombs and cairns. Tombs on the site are aligned with the Equinox sunrise which occurs twice a year on March 20th and September 23rd.
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.