The imposition of the Gregorian calendar by a patriarchal church, diminished the power of the feminine in more ways than one.
It altered the way in which we regard the number thirteen.
Thirteen is a highly significant female number, for the 13 lunar cycles are aligned with the 13 menstrual cycles of the woman.
I refer to the Coperos religion and the culture that keeps it alive.
Terah represents Karma in the spiritual sense and the fact that all belongs to the Divine.
Many believe that this signified the return of the Divine Feminine and have felt strangely energized and empowered since that time.
There is a compelling desire among many to re-establish our connection with the Earth. This growing awareness of the number thirteen and the relationship of the number to women is more than just symbolic in the re-establishing of our relationship to the Earth…it is manifesting in the hearts and minds of many.
13 is a unifying vibration, no longer to be feared, but to be embraced and understood.
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The rain is torrential.
I have just taken these pictures as the rain stopped.
Last year was very wet here in the west of Ireland.
Adaptation to the change in climate is under-way.
Raised beds are made and more are planned.
As I write, the rain has begun again and in between the sun shines.
Climate change is here.
Our governments should have instigated national tree-planting on a war-footing scale, with all available funds channelled into our life-boat…Earth!
Billions of £/$ for war as the killing of human beings continues and our planet slowly expires!
In a dire situation like this, we must take hold of the reins ourselves and plant trees, grow food and permaculture the lifeboat that is our planet.
Here in Ireland, where I live, the government is aware that Ireland has the least tree cover in the whole of Europe, yet is allowing the IMF to harvest all the trees in the National Forests, as part of the debt repayment nonsense that only disconnected bureaucrats could have concocted!
Nicholas Stern, author of the UK government-commissioned review on Climate Change in 2006, said, just a few days ago…”Looking back, I underestimated the risks.
The planet and the atmosphere seem to be absorbing less carbon than we expected, and emissions are rising pretty strongly.
Some of the effects are coming through more quickly than we thought then.”
He was referring to his report, The Stern Review, published in 2006.
Stern expected a rise in global temperatures of between 2 and 3 degrees.
Stern has changed his forecast…upwards saying that we are “on track for something like four “.
Stern goes on to say, “I think I would have been a bit more blunt. I would have been much more strong about the risks of a four- or five-degree rise.”
“This is potentially so dangerous that we have to act strongly.
Do we want to play Russian roulette with two bullets or one?
These risks for many people are existential.”
‘I got it wrong on climate change – it’s far, far worse’~Nicholas Stern
There you have it…we are caught in an escalating situation of weather change that is impacting on our lives as I write.
Plant as if your life depends on it…because it does!
As a condition of the IMF/ECB/EFSF “Troika” loan for the amount of €67.5bn Ireland must generate €2 billion from the disposal of State-owned assets and companies. As part of this, the government has plans to sell off the harvesting rights to the states forestry for the next 80 years. The name of the state owned body is Coilte. This is the usual IMF privatise and realise policy enforced worldwide…profit being the main driver to assuage so-called national debt.
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The sun shone all morning and there was a hint of Spring in the air.
Mr Toad…not a real toad, you understand…caught the rays of the late winter sun and looked quite animated.
Spring is officially welcomed into the west of Ireland on February the 1st, Imbolc, Brigid’s day.
I would not be surprised to see it arrive early!
Certainly here at Bealtaine Cottage, the Daffodils are ready to open flower and Primroses are out.
Clearing the polytunnel formed part of this morning’s work, one of the first dry, sunny mornings in some time.
This involved scraping the weeds off the paths and composting them.
Then the top layer of last year’s straw was cleared from the topsoil and spread on the beds. it doesn’t take long and the result is worth the small effort.
I use an Oscillating Hoe, which although expensive to buy is a great investment, as it saves a lot of hard work.
The winter has been mild and most of the herbs in the tunnel have kept their leaves, with Fennel beginning to grow already and broccoli making a good show.
A beautiful fox has made an appearance over recent nights and even sauntered along the front of the cottage in broad daylight yesterday morning.
I think it’s a vixen as I hear her calling at night from the hill of Ballyfermoyle behind the cottage.
I make sure that little Flo stays in the lodge with Sam and Che, as being white furred and young, could fall prey to a very beautiful but hungry fox.
I lost a beautiful marmalade mouser called Ossian to the fox some years ago and it was a dreadful experience.
Jack, as you can see, is very hen-pecked by Flo…he always gives in!
It is simple.
We can begin today, now, by simply considering and acting wherever we can.
If… people planted fruit trees, there would be free fruit for people and by increasing the oxygen levels, the ecosystem would flourish.
Many parks could have edible gardens as leisure zones.
People would interact more with the Earth and each other.
Invite others to share shopping trips, food co-ops, gardens, allotments, fuel…
Don’t be frightened to share…our existence is not a competition.
Instead, take the problems, one by one and try to address them.
Blame changes nothing.
If…we realise that destiny is about choice, energy and how we direct that energy, for therein lies the consequences we then live with.
You are a sacred soul on a journey, your journey, your choice to change the world you inhabit.
Words are powerful…uplift others with your words today…the good energy will return to you.
Last night the rain fell hard, in fact it rained in a thunderous fashion for around four hours.
Somewhere in the midst of the downpour I went to sleep, safe in the knowledge that with the heavy rain came the assurance of a snow free morning…I was wrong!
How this happened is weird to say the least, but then the weather systems across the world have descended into chaos…nothing is as it used to be!
She is making protesting meows each time I open the back door, as though to say, “Shut the door, it’s too cold!”
Would you contemplate crossing her?
She bites those who attempt it!
Flo, on the other hand, takes her wilful self for as many walks as she decides to!
As always, I have lit a candle for those I pray for. It’s also a good way of being mindful of concerns and wishes.
I hope you’re warm and cosy wherever you are!
This is the Great Turning.
This is a whole mindset of understanding that we are part of a living planet.
In contrast to the Industrial Revolution, we are understanding that the sustainability of the Earth has been brought to the brink of utter destruction by our mindless greed.
These ways must become deeply rooted in our newly acquired belief systems.
The primary belief being that we understand who we are in time.
That we are part of the Earth, and the Universe.
That we are one.
For the past eleven years, the transformation of one small part of the Earth, from impoverished land to living abundance, has taken place here at Bealtaine Cottage.
All who have made the journey here have been impacted by the energy that is spiralling from the land.
During this time I have changed the way I see life.
Entrenched belief systems have been shriven, in much the same way as the albatross was finally released from around the neck of the Ancient Mariner.
Synchronicity is a form of coincidence powerful enough to shatter the notion that material science has discovered all there is to know about the universe.
It was the power of synchronicity to overwhelm the rational mind that held significance for the Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Jung (1875-1961), who brought the phenomenon to light.
Jung defined synchronicity, as meaningful coincidence, effecting the breaking through the “rationalistic shell” of the modern scientific mind.
The experience of synchronicity is articulated by many rational and educated people, who become aware that there is more at play in this world than what science can explain.
“The Great Turning is a name for the essential adventure of our time: the shift from the industrial growth society to a life-sustaining civilization.” ~ Joanna Macy
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