Experience the magnificent winter solstice alignment at Newgrange in Ireland, one of the country’s most famous ancient sites where the religion of the sun once reigned.
What: Solar Alignment & Observance
Where: Brú na Bóinne complex, County Meath, in Ireland’s Ancient East.
When: Winter Solstice
Observe the winter solstice sunrise at Newgrange (or Sí an Bhrú in Irish Gaelic). As reported by modern archaeology, Newgrange is estimated to have been built over 5000 years ago; it is one of the most ancient sites known.
Newgrange, according to ancient Irish Gaelic traditions, was built by the Tuatha Dé Danann, an ancient tribe that arrived to Ireland by sea. Among their accomplishments was the construction of sacred sites aligned to solar events. The Tuatha Dé Danann were described as being tall and having red or blonde hair and blue or green eyes.
The Newgrange mound is around 85 meters in diameter and 13.5 meters high. It covers an area of about 1 acre with 97 kerbstones that surround it. Some of them are engraved with megalithic art and symbolic carvings depicting elements of a cosmic spirituality.
The entrance kerbstone is carved with spirals, a common symbol in many ancient sacred sites.
Newgrange Winter Solstice Alignment
Newgrange used to be an ancient temple where people would gather to observe and celebrate the winter solstice. The Brú na Bóinne area, where Newgrange is located, thrives with alignments of solar and other celestial events. The site was intelligently constructed in a way that the sun would enter the structure during the sunrise of the winter solstice.
From The Path of the Spiritual Sun by Belsebuub
Here are the details of the alignment from the book The Path of the Spiritual Sun by Belsebuub with Lara Atwood
Once a year, at the winter solstice, the rising sun enters the mound through a specially built roofbox above the main entrance and shines directly along the nineteen meter long passage, gradually widening until illuminating the inner chamber for about seventeen minutes. Today the first light enters about four minutes after sunrise, but calculations based on the precession of the earth show that five thousand years ago the first light would have entered exactly at sunrise.
– The Path of the Spiritual Sun by Belsebuub (p. 163)
Symbology at Newgrange
Like many ancient sites, Newgrange’s mysteries are filled with symbology. Below is another excerpt from Belsebuub’s The Path of the Spiritual Sun going deeper into the symbolic meaning of this ancient site.
The inner chamber of the mound is laid out in the shape of a cross, and beautiful neolithic artwork can be found etched into the stone both on the inside and outside of the mound. Particularly prevalent are spiral designs, including the famous tri-sprial design found inside the chamber.
Here the symbol of the cross appears in connection with the winter solstice, the time of the birth of the divine Son, long before the birth of Jesus. The cross represents the crossing of male and female forces, which give birth to all life. The tri-spiral symbol also shows the union of the three forces of Father, Mother, and Son – positive, negative, and neutral, which give rise to creation. The single spiral is often referred to as “the spiral of life” as it shows the expansion of life.
The mound itself appears to be like a great womb of the earth. Just as the birth of Jesus, Mithras, and Viracocha was said to have taken place in a cave, so too at Newgrange the birth of the sun is enacted inside the dark chamber of the mound.
– The Path of the Spiritual Sun by Belsebuub (p. 163-164)
Location and Access to Newgrange
Newgrange is located at the Brú na Bóinne complex, County Meath, in Ireland’s Ancient East.
The site is generally accessible only by guided tour from the Brú na Bóinne Visitors Centre. However, in the morning of the winter solstice access is open to the public.
Due to the obvious lack of space only 50 people are chosen by lottery to watch the sunrise from the inner chamber. Each can bring one guest. To take part in the lottery you can submit an application to Brú Na Bóinne Visitor Centre. You can find more details about the process here. Thousands of people submit lottery applications every year. Although the chances to win a spot are not many you can always observe the winter solstice sunrise from outside the site.
In this video George William Russell’s ‘A Dream of Angus Oge’ (1897) is cited. The poem described the winter solstice alignment at Newgrange long before the site was excavated.
A Note About Visiting Ancient Sites
Please be mindful and respectful of the ancient sites. Treat them with care as to not disturb them, damage them or remove anything from them. Help protect these incredible sites so that they can continue to stand the test of time.
This event is not run by The Spiritual Sun.