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Autumn is a time of early shadows as the season of summer passes over.

Scents of woodsmoke and compost fill the air.

Samhain is close. 026

The Celts divided the year into two parts…the light and the dark.

Samhain is the crossover point into the dark.

Seamus Heaney wrote a wonderful collection of poetry entitled, “Into The Dark.”

One of my favourite reads at this time of the year. 001

Poetry is like that…it can be turned over again and again, extracted from the past into the present and enjoyed afresh.

The turning of the year towards the light is heralded in the Feast of Bealtaine. 054Bealtaine also means, “May,” in Irish and is why I named this cottage Bealtaine Cottage…for it was in May I first spied it!

Bealtaine celebrates the beginning of summer as we turn towards the light and short shadows. 012

In Ireland the Tribes gathered for Samhain, at the ritual centres across the land to celebrate this most important festival of the year. 021

It was a time to reconnect with the past, a time of early shadows and light veils of separation.

A time of magic.


16 years of Goddess Permaculture through the Bealtaine Project at Bealtaine Cottage, West of Ireland. Colette O'Neill is a writer, photographer, environmentalist and teacher who has devoted the past 16 years to turning 3 acres of derelict land into a woodland sanctuary for all life, planting over 1,100 trees in the process. Colette posts prolifically across Social Media, encouraging planting of trees and regeneration of Mother Earth. Her life energy is now devoted to the Great Goddess, Mother Earth!

9 thoughts on “A Time of Early Shadows

  1. Each time I link to your blog from my email a new adventure awaits. This time a larger than life header and a lovely border frames the blog. I can only imagine how invigorating it is to stand by the bonfire on a cold winter night and celebrate the traditions of your ancient ancestors. Samhain blessings to you and all your followers. And blessings upon the Earth.

  2. ~Hi Colette!! It was such a pleasure to meet you and have you at our home. Was just reading your blog here…Samhain is just almost upon us once again…I do love this time of much. I will have to look up Seamus Heaney. Safe journey…love and light Susan~

  3. I love your pictures and words as always! For those of us who don’t quite know their “Irish”, how do you pronounce ‘Samhain’? I am much more aware of Beltaine than Samhain for some odd reason.

      1. That’s so interesting Colette! I like to think the two words have a connection. Talking about early shadows, I know when the chickens have gone to roost and I can shut them in for the night. I just look to see if there are dark shadows and the chickens might be nervous about what may lurk there.

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