Beltane moon

Despite having been proven so far quite unpredictable, the moon did on this occasion just what I expected. It’s light entered half way through the gate, illuminated the northern side, just as in April, where it remained for some considerable time. There should be no or little change in June and July as to the …

Easter Moon

April 5, Easter Sunday, a day after full moon, and spring finally seemed to have arrived. Hail and heavy winds halted and the thick cloud cover dispersed. Blue skies and sunshine at last. Arriving at the Grianán this time before the moon, I was hoping to see the growth of the beam inside the monument. …

Imbolg Moon

Seldom have I seen a moon so bright. And it dawned on me that were it not for a lunar alignment, visible every 18 and a half years, I would not stand here under a star clad sky, leaning against ancient stones, covered in snow and missed, most tragically, a truly exceptional night. The snow …

January Moon

Never have I actually conscientiously observed clouds rushing so fast across the sky than on January 4. I arrived just after quarter past five and from a short lived safety of the gate saw Lough Foyle most magnificently bathed in moonlight, squeezing through between the clouds. The strong winds confined me to the gate, which …

December Moon

December Moon The sky was passable to offer long enough openings in the clouds one day before the full moon on December 5. I arrived just before 4 pm at the time of the moon’s rising but had to wait for nearly an hour for moon and beam to make an appearance, seeking as before shelter …

Samhain Moon

My last post was very appreciatively tweeted by Vox Hiberionacum with the following line: ‘Gorgeous pics and potentially fascinating alignment if true’. With it he clearly identified a very important aspect of the lunar alignment at the Grianán – it has to be established, that what happened at the October moon was not just a one …