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Into the Heart of the Goddess

1 Oct

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I came to a little cottage in an unfamiliar place in the west of Ireland ten years ago… I was a very different woman then.

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I had faith in patriarchal religion.

I chain-smoked.

I ate meat.

I rarely questioned the matrix that was my life.

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Much has passed.

Much of me is gone too.

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The years here have seen a new woman emerge, one who would have been barely recognisable to me all those years ago.

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Bealtaine has sculpted me, hollowed out the fear and uncertainty, re-shaping and moulding me into someone very different.

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I have journeyed back to the Mother.

I now live my life to serve only the interests of Mother Earth.

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I am ready and prepared to spend more time in meditative work, making a pilgrimage to the heart of the Goddess.

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In order to be able to do this, I am directed to spend more time on the land, working and allowing my mind to free itself of all hindrances to free-flow energy.

I am to walk, work and let the Goddess in.

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What began as a journey into Permaculture, has transformed and taken me deeper into the heart of Sacred Earth.

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There is much for me to understand and connect with, for to be in communion with Mother Earth is what is imperative for me.

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If you decide to continue this journey with me, I welcome you.

If not, then I bid you farewell…for my part, I have no choice.

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I care deeply about her restoration to health and beauty and need to listen to her heart.

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For this reason, I will continue to write about and photograph her beauty.

However, this will be on a once weekly basis, so as I can devote my time to listening.

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Your generosity is greatly appreciated in supporting Bealtaine Cottage.


Bringing Light into your Life

9 Nov

Irish cottages are fairly dark houses, designed to be snug and keep in the heat, working well it has to be said…but I love the light, so have judiciously placed mirrors, here, there and everywhere!

This is one near the north window, reflecting light from the west window.

A well placed mirror can act like another window in terms of light.

I never turn down the offer of a mirror, even a broken one and have even used bits of mirror in the garden to reflect light onto plants.

Contentment is often found to be lacking in the world today.

So many people want more and more and as they acquire material goods become weighted down with the accumulation of such.

Materialism is like the albatross in the poem, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.”

When the mariner finally looked down upon the creatures in the sea around him and recognized their divinity, the dead albatross finally fell from his neck…he became one with all life…contentment descended upon him.

To free oneself, it becomes imperative to examine the inner self and one’s values and beliefs.

There is an old saying, a proverb if you like, that I often heard as a young woman growing up in my home town of Omagh.

Of all we know life to be, three aspects of it will guide your journey: truth, nature and knowledge.

These three things will light the life path and bring you forward, safely and in contentment.

My paternal grandmother had little in terms of money or property, but was immensely wealthy of spirit and generous with all.

Her own mother was an equally remarkable woman and incredibly attuned to the natural world around her.

She loved the world outside of her little lime-washed cottage and slept in a big, brass bed in the barn, all year round, waking with the birdsong and living a long, contented life.

Happiness, contentment and the recognition of Divinity in all life, were never strangers on her journey.


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