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Celtic Pou - Croabh Beatha Óg

Information about the design and meaning of the Celtic Pou - Croabh Beatha Óg.
Updated: 14/03/2016 9:15 a.m.

Celtic Pou - Croabh Beatha Og. The Young Tree of Life

 Fine Artist - Douglas Chowns

Craobh beatha Óg translates from the Gaelic as the ‘Young Tree of Life’ and is dedicated to all Celts past and present who have settled in Northland, New Zealand.

This Celtic Pou is the art of Douglas Chowns realised with Master Carver Malcolm Adams and revealed in collaboration with 16 teenage descendants who represented their own Celtic ancestors and families.

The Pou was completed over a period of 7 days and nights between 15th and 22nd January 2006 during Celtic Lughnasadh, in this southern hemisphere, as a Feis nochdaidh (a revealing). This week long live-in an introduction to the teenagers' Celtic history, traditions, food, language, music and dance.

Each naive mark in the Totara reflects the age skill and character of the untrained youngster handling a chisel for the first time. These marks collectively dedicate their personalities into the textures that surface this icon.

With Celtic tradition the chisels, like swords were named and marked - then broken on 2nd February the day of the aged eight fold year - Lugnasadh.

The pou was raised and dedicated over the Celtic winter festival of Samhain in the sacred Celtic 3 position.

Celtic Pou carving detail. Meaning

Craobh beatha Óg is a marker that stands on a world meridian - a global rose line due north and south that encircles the earth at this longitude so that the Janus heads at the top look into each others eyes on the other side of the world.

This meridian passes through the Gaidhealtachd, the Celtic homelands and seas of Scots, Irish, Welsh, Breton, Cornish and Spanish Galicia, the modern fringe nations. Also close to Celtic England, French Gaul and the tribes of the Helvetica and Danube from where Celts came BC.

Celts are encouraged to gather at this pillar ‘Craobh beatha Óg’ the Young Tree of Life throughout the year to reflect origins with poetry, music and dance.

Craobh beatha Óg is not a carving - it represents the living force within the wood acknowledged and touched traditionally by Celts for good luck.

Walk or dance around her clockwise to heal yourself. This is your focus to read a poem, sing or dance as and when you will. Never pass without a whispered or mental acknowledgment.

Please use her well . . .

With your back against the Pou in line with a head north or south on top - face the Gaidhealtachd homeland - beannachd (blessings).

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