Áine agus Grian – The Two Suns of the Turning Year Video

Áine agus Grian – The Two Suns of the Turning Year Video


Goddess Aine

Áine agus Grian – The Two Suns of the Turning Year

Published on Jul 5, 2014
In much of the Celtic lore, the year is described as having a bright half and a dark half. This duality is seen in Ireland with the summer ruled by the goddess Áine (of an ghrian mhór – the large, red sun of summer), and the winter by her sister Grian (an ghrian bheag – the small, pale sun of winter). This video explores some of their lore and the sites and times associated with them.

Áine agus Grian – The Two Suns of the Turning Year

Produced by: An Chomairle Ghaol Naofa
Written and Edited by: Kathryn Price NicDhàna
Music: Eileen Ivers, “Humours of Ballyloughlin / Knocknagow”

A’Ghrian – song to the Sun from the Isle of Barra discovered by ArchMatrona Georgia

A’Ghrian – song to the Sun
from the Isle of Barra
discovered by ArchMatrona Georgia


Hebrides sunset on isle of barra

Hebrides sunset on Isle of Barra

From John MacNeill, cottar, Buaile nam Bodach, Barra

Song to the Sun

Hail to thee,
thou sun of the seasons
as thou traversest
the skies aloft.

Thy steps are strong on
the wing of the heavens,
thou art the glorious
mother of the stars.

Thou liest down in
the destructive ocean
without impairment or fear.

Thou risest up on
the peaceful wave-crest
like a queenly maiden
in bloom.

Song 316, Carmichael, Carmina Gadelica, 1992, p292 (English only); Carmichael, Carmina Gadelica Volume III, 1941, pp310-311.

“A Ghrian”
(To the Sun)
from the Isle of Barra

A’ GHRIAN [317]

O Iain Mac Nill, coitear, Buaile nam Bodach, Barraidh

ÀILTE ort fein, a ghrian nan tràth,
‘S tu siubhal ard nan speur ;

Do cheumaibh treun air sgeith nan ard,
‘S tu màthair àigh nan reul.

Thu laighe sios an cuan na dith

Gun diobhail is gun sgàth ;
Thu ‘g eirigh suas air stuagh na sith,

Mar rioghainn òg fo bhlàth.

A’Ghrian, Hymn to The Sun

A’Ghrian, Hymn to The Sun videos discovered by ArchMatrona (Bishop) Georgia


Sunna or Sól. Norse goddess of the sun

A’ Ghrian
The Sun
Verse One:

Fàilte ort féin, a ghrian nan tràth,
I welcome you, sun of the seasons,

‘S tu siubhail ard nan speur;
As you travel the skies aloft;

Do cheumaibh treun air sgéith nan ard,
Your steps are strong on the wing of the heavens,

‘S tu màthair àigh nan reul.
You are the glorious mother of the stars.
Verse Two:

Thu laighe sìos an cuan na dìth
You descend into the deadly sea

Gun dìobhail is gun sgàth,
Without distress and without fear;

Thu ‘g éirigh suas air stuagh na sìth,
You rise up on the wave of peace,

Mar rìoghain òg fo bhlàth.
Like a youthful Queen in bloom.

This is a separate sunset prayer:

Ha-misham doh oss-narah.. na-cuir chia mo-ornah…
I am in hope in its proper time that the gracious One

As rom sa-a-ah, so-lar-s, nuhn-gra-as, Marra-husa, ca-ah-ma, gala noc
will not put out for me the light of grace even as thou dost leave me this night


Song 316, Carmichael, Carmina Gadelica, 1992, p292 (English only); Carmichael, Carmina Gadelica Volume III, 1941, pp310-311.
Lyrics 1


Lyrics 2


Video 1

Video 2

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The Cailleach – Celtic Veiled Great Mother

The Cailleach – Celtic Veiled Great Mother

“Celtic traditions contained a rich lode of myths about a divine Old Woman. In Gaelic (both Irish and Scottish) she is called the Cailleach (from caille, mantle or veil, thus veiled one.) The Q-Celtic word cailleach is related to the Latin pallium, which survived as the name for a priestly stole… a deity who is both transcendent and immanent…

Veiled Goddess of Lybia

Veiled Goddess of Lybia

…The Cailleach sometimes assumes the shape of gulls, eagles, herons, and cormorants. [MacKenzie] She rambles the hills followed by troops of deer and wild pigs, and leaps from hilltop to hilltop. She created mountains and lakes, she built the archaic cairns and megaliths. Rees calls her “the most tremendous figure in Gaelic myth today…

…As “daughter of the little sun,” the Cailleach is an elemental power of winter, the cold, wind, and tempests. She comes into power as the days shorten and the sun courses low in the skies. She carries a slachdan (wand of power) with which she shapes the land and controls the weather. In the Skye folk-tale “Finlay the Changeling” she strikes the ground with it, making the earth harden with frost. Wherever the Cailleach throws her slachdan nothing grows. [MacKenzie, 140-1]

…The last spurt of harsh winter weather is called A’ Chailleach. Then comes Latha na Caillich, which in the old calendar fell on March 25, the equinox, and this is when the hag was “overthrown”—til the next equinox. [That used to be new years day, but now is called Lady Day. Mackenzie, 143] In early spring the Cailleach hurls her slachdan into the root of the holly and gorse, plants symbolic of winter and sacred to her. During the “big sun”—the light half of the year—she metamorphoses into a gray boulder that exudes moisture…

Veiled Statue, Memphis and Horn Lake.
The blue-skinned Caillech Bheur of the Highlands is released from her stone state between Samhain and Beltane’s Eve.

Stone Caillech Bhear Veiled Stone Statue Memphis and Horn lake

…Her face was blue-black of the lustre of coal
And her bone-tufted tooth was like red rust.
In her head was one pool-like eye,
Swifter than a star in a winter sky. [MacKenzie, ScFL2, 159]…

…Another blue-faced crone was Black Annis, who lived in a cave in Leicestershire. ”

“…It is said that on February 1st, if it is sunny and bright, the winter will be longer and that She is gathering firewood to keep herself warm for the prolonged winter.”

“Known as the ‘Cailleach’ (pron. kal-yack), her mythology portrayed her as an ancient forebear of humanity – perhaps so old that her body, her existence, her very essence appears as one with the landscape, which she is credited with creating. On account of her age she is ascribed great knowledge of things past, but also in many traditions claims knowledge of what will come to pass in the future. She is a mistress of herds, an industrious worker, but somewhat reclusive and prone to be found in wild, out-of-the-way places – particularly mountain-tops. She clearly relies on no male partner, although in some tales she is associated with one – albeit in a somehow estranged manner. Students of ancient European paganism might well recognise in her the image of whom the Romans referred to as Magna Mater – the Great Goddess…”

An Cailleach by Helen O’Sullivan
For sale at http://www.helenosullivan.com/gallery/an-cailleach-crone/

An Cailleach by Helen O'Sullivan