Friday, December 22, 2006

Chanukah & The Secret Of The Unhewn Dolmen

This Friday evening the eighth (ח) Chanukah light was kindled. At sundown, in both the Celtic and Jewish timekeeping, Friday evening became the day of Shabbat.

Honoring this shabbat, many over the world kindled eight lights for Chanukah, completing the 36 lights of the entire period. Also honoring this shabbat is the Celtic day of the Unhewn Dolmen, a day set apart from any month in Celtic timekeeping, marking the sacred "space in time" which is a tara'a-gate (ח) into the mysteries of God-consciousness. In the kavanah of hitkalelut, I kindled a black candle, the 37th light, ritually prepared for this glorious event which includes both sacred Holy Days, the eighth day of Chanukah and the Unhewn Dolmen, joined together in the mystery of Shabbat.

I am a wind on deep waters and a shining tear of the sea,
Who but I knows the secret of the Unhewn Dolmen?
lines from an ancient Celtic poem, The Song of Amergin

שבת שלום
ברוך שם כבוד מלכותה לעולם ועד, אמן
Shabbat Shalom.
Blessed is the Glorious Name, Her Kingdom stands forever and ever. Amen.
So mote it be.

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