The hands of the clock move forward, inexorably towards the first day of the New year.
I sit in the quiet, listening to the low singing of the kettle on the range, looking forward to toasting this New Year with a cup of tea.
Few people admit to being quietly on their own.
It seems that the flurry of activity around this celebration is something of a competition.
The cities of the world attempting to out do one another in firework displays.
Sales of alcohol being added into the GDP figures…and on and on!
The fact is that there are many more people like myself than any of the media would care to admit…this year especially!
Many people are suffering financial hardship and simply cannot afford to go out so soon after the Christmas festivities.
So, in this time of tranquillity here at Bealtaine Cottage, let me take the opportunity to thank all of you wonderful souls who have visited this sacred little piece of Mother Earth, sent letters, posted presents, made donations, took the time to write some truly beautiful comments and stayed on this journey with me through 2014.
I feel so blessed by you all and in return you have my heartfelt blessings.
May the days ahead be filled with joy and love, peace and compassion, for each and every one of you.
With love and deep gratitude from Colette at Bealtaine Cottage, West Ireland.
Nine years of planting trees into barren, north-facing land has now awoken a magical earth, with paths that lead forever among dappled shade.
Gosh…there’s lots more to share for 2013, so a “Part 3″ will be needed!
Happy New Year from Bealtaine XXX
We start this New Year with a New Moon in Capricorn, a very auspicious beginning, a fresh start!
It is rare that a New Year begins at the same time as a Lunar New Year, so, in preparation, I am clearing space all around the cottage, clearing away the decorations of Yuletide and opening up lots of space to embrace this new energy!
This New Moon brings with it hope for those feeling tired and low by all the negativity experienced over the past year; change is on the horizon.
This is a powerful time to make resolutions and implement change!
This is a rare opportunity to begin anew…a time to clear all old intentions that never materialized and start afresh! The last time we had a New Moon at the start of the New Year, was nineteen years ago, in the early nineties.
New Moon, New Year
The New Moon greets the New Year
Saying “let go of the past”
For the things that are worth keeping
Will in their beauty last-
Yet that that does not serve us
Must be released and shed
The fear, anger and patterns
Which hog space in our head-
And when we call our Spirit
To release them to the Earth
The New Moon greets us with her light
And offers us rebirth.
Flagstaff, AZ 12-28-13
A truly beautiful website filled with inspirational poetry by Jen…
The month comes to a close with a second New Moon!
Energy begins to seep back into the earth and plants.
Winter is not yet over, by any means and frost can be devastating, but the little signs of hope are there… Daffodils have begun to throw up green shoots!
Time to eat healthy food and build health for the year ahead!
Time to clear out the old and bring in the new and time to clear the laundry basket…I wash clothes daily, for I do not possess a washing machine, so will spend a little more time than usual to ensure an empty basket for New year!
The lengthening of the days has already begun.
Bealtaine survived the hurricane yesterday and the night before.As we approach the end of another year, reflection on 2013 begins to take form. The media is brimming with highlights and lowlights from the year almost over. As many of you know, I do not have a television and rarely tune into the radio, so, perhaps, I find myself with more time and silence to reflect and think. From the little I have experienced this year from the outside world, it appears that economics has been the driving force behind every problem on this tiny planet. The mass destruction of our earthly home has been driven by economics… cost of living… better termed the cost of dying, for it is like inheritance tax. The cost of living is an inheritance tax on the planet, forever diminishing what we inherited and scraping the bones of children as yet unborn. Fracking the land for gas has been justified by governments and hailed as cheap energy. Can you tell me the last time your cost of energy fell?From this little part of Ireland, I have witnessed the rise and rise of energy costs, whether it be gas, oil, coal or renewables…and I look out my kitchen window every day at mountains, covered by wind turbines.The turbines multiply each year and the cost of electricity spirals out of control.
Economics…or, a better word, profit.
Nothing for the people who look at these incredible machines every day…nothing!
There is nothing in the present economic model that takes into account the real cost of anything that pays a profit to shareholders.
The real cost of Nuclear Power is for future children of this Earth to pay for…there is no safe way of dealing with the waste!
Here I stop!
I cannot write or talk for long about any sense of helplessness we may feel, looking at the mess we have made.
As a woman, I am a pragmatist.
I was reared in poverty, so have an inbuilt ability to look at the possible.
The solutions are many-fold.
The most immediate solution is, quite simply, consume less.
We are only a valued part of the economic model by being greedy consumers.
We live in a state of scarcity, according to the economic model, for that brings the greatest profit for the economic model. However, as I have said before, we actually live in a world of abundance, if we could just stop and see the possible.
The possibilities inherent in a simple life, where it is highly regarded to switch off lights, bake a loaf of bread, or cake, keep a few hens and grow basic vegetables… Walk more, value good quality clothes, make shoes last by polishing them…all this and more makes you a member of society with power and not simply a faceless consumer.
Visualize the world you want to live in.
Create a picture of a future for children as yet unborn…those we will never see, but can only imagine.
Imagine their world, for you are creating it.
There is a stillness in the air tonight…a preamble towards Imbolc.
These last days of the Winter in the Celtic Cycle are a time of reflection…
Spirals fascinate me, as they fascinate so many people.
We are drawn towards them.
They mean something to us, something we have forgotten.
My Celtic ancestors carved Sacred Spirals on stones…and so they appear to us today, a message from the past, but we have lost the key to understand their meanings.
They, too, would have gazed up at the night sky and tried to understand their world.
They, too, would have intuited a connectivity in all life…we continue to subconsciously embrace all life, yet we struggle against great odds, for we have been told for millennia that we are superior, and so removed from that life force.
And so we try to make our way back to where we can, once more, connect to life.
For we now know, on a deeply spiritual, non-religious level, that we are one.
Spirals are full of symbolism.
The spiral is found all over the natural world and indeed is also the symbol of life itself, as represented in the famous double helix, the molecular structure of life.
The belief among the Celts, was that communication with nature was the chief priority in their lives, and the sound, immovable belief in the consciousness of all things.
They did not fear death as we do in this present time.
Everything was connected, there was no beginning and no end.
Every single thing upon and in the earth had a consciousness and was a part of, a fragment of, the one cosmic entity.
The sacred spiral, I believe, was a representation of this belief.
Stones were considered to be old before time itself…a fascinating thought and a manifestation of a deep spiritual understanding, if not connection.
The Winter is almost at a close…just another fifteen days left.
The joy of Spring awaits to be welcomed in on the first day of February…Imbolc!
As in the nature of the Sacred Spiral, we move inexorably along the path of our life, but not alone, for we are one with the Universe…
We now know we are made of that oneness, stardust itself!
The Celts recognized the great sight held by someone who was physically blind.
That person had the greatest sight…inner sight.
Perhaps it’s time for us to connect with our own inner sight and begin to see with our intuition.
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