• “Many stone monuments erected during the Neolithic period by agriculturalists seem to be aligned to lunar and solar events, and given that many Celtic-speaking people were directly descended from those builders (at least in part) at least some of that knowledge and focus is likely to have been inherited by later generations (see the unit on Ireland below)… Caesar (§ 6.14) claimed that the druids studied the earth and the heavens and he also states (§ 6.18) that they began a new time cycle (a day, month or year) at the dark half and ended on the light half.”
  • “The pagan Irish paid little attention to the stars – the very idea of constellations was itself foreign – even if they were acutely aware of the relative position on the horizon of the rising sun and of the rising moon at various times of the year.” same