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Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2007 23:21:21 +0100 (BST)
From: "Vercingetorix (Ireland)" <vercingetorixireland@yahoo.ie>
Subject: Equinox Celebrations (September 21st 2007) & The Hill of Tara
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The equinox days themselves are of course the days when there is perfect balance between the hours of daylight and darkness throughout the entire world. It is this natural presentation of perfect balance in the world (closely and symbolically connected to the idea of perfect justice) which is possibly responsible for the fact that Cairn T is claimed by some to be the burial place of King Ollamh Fodhla, who, according to the "Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters", ruled Ireland for the 40 year period between 1317 - 1277 BC.

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Equinox Celebrations (September 21st 2007)
by W. Finnerty. Thu Sep 20, 2007 22:00 
 
Though not nearly as well known about at the present time as it might be, there is an amazing Bronze Age "Equinox Detector" in County Meath (Republic of Ireland): which still works accurately to this day, and which is also thought to have important connections with the Hill of Tara. 
 
The Equinox Detector is located in "Cairn T", which is one of several cairns (ancient burial places) in the Loughcrew area.
 
Loughcrew is approximately 25 miles to the north-west of the Hill of Tara, and a few miles to the south of Oldcastle. 
 
An excellent animated display, which shows how this detector works, can be viewed at http://homepages.iol.ie/~tobrien/general.htm .
 
As indicated in the display at the above address, there are normally 14 days each year when this ancient and very finely-tuned device can be seen working: on the Equinox days themselves, i.e. March 21 and September 21, and on three days either side of both these dates. 
 
To watch the sun light up the "Backstone" at Cairn T, it is necessary to be there just after daybreak; and, it takes about 20 minutes for the beam of light to pass across the stone. Unfortunately, the sky needs to be free of clouds at the critical time. Usually there are a few people from the Office of Public Works present to explain things, and they also help visitors to get in and out of the cairn (which has several chambers) in an orderly way. Normally the entrance to Cairn T is locked, though it is possible to always get a fairly good view of the inside by peering through the bars of the iron gate now in use.
 
In some respects, including the strange, almost Aboriginal-like symbols it contains, Cairn T seems even more important than the nearby "Winter Solstice Detector" at Newgrange - which, as many know, is world famous at the present time. (Both of these very sophisticated sunlight-based detectors are believed to be in excess of 5,000 years old.)
 
Writing in 1873, Eugene Conwell (who discovered the Loughcrew set of cairns) was certain that "some successful student in archaic sculptures would discover the key to unlock the mysteries contained in the 'curious', and at present mystic, characters inscribed upon the stones in Cairn T".
 
Eugene Conwell also believed that Cairn T was the burial place of King Ollamh Fodhla, who is closely connected with Brehon Law (thought to be the oldest and most compassionate system of law in Europe), and the once regularly held "Great Feast of Tara".
 
According to some historical reports, this "Triennial Convention", held in "The Great Banqueting Hall", "met about the time called 'Samhain' (November 1st) for making laws, reforming general abuses, revising antiquities, genealogies, and chronicles, and purging them from all corruption and falsehood that might have been foisted into them since the last meeting." (Clear traces of The Great Banqueting Hall, which really was huge, are still easy to view from on top of the Hill of Tara.)
 
The equinox days themselves are of course the days when there is perfect balance between the hours of daylight and darkness throughout the entire world. It is this natural presentation of perfect balance in the world (closely and symbolically connected to the idea of perfect justice) which is possibly responsible for the fact that Cairn T is claimed by some to be the burial place of King Ollamh Fodhla, who, according to the "Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters", ruled Ireland for the 40 year period between 1317 - 1277 BC.
 
As far as I know, there is NOTHING remotely like the very ancient Cairn T set of stone arrangements anywhere else in the world - at least nothing that still detects the equinoxes in the very obvious and accurate way that the one inside of Cairn T does.
 
Related Link: http://www.kingollamhfodhla.com .
 
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The above text has been copied from the following Indymedia (Ireland) location:
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/84263#comment207523 
 

 
 
 

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