Imbolc and the Ascent of Spring

  Christmas eve moon above Bealtaine Cottage The ancient peoples of the Earth celebrated the seasons by paying close attention to the skies above them, especially at night, when clear, and observation was undertaken.

Bealtaine Permaculture Feb 12 004The Celts were particularly aligned in all aspects of their lives, with the precession of the Equinoxes and the timing of the seasons.

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture Feb 12 003Time was, and remains, cyclical.

It is only patriarchal religions that have enforced a sense of, and adherence to, Linear Time.

The Gregorian Calendar is an example of this.

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture Feb 2011 002Solstices, Equinoxes and  Cross Quarter days, such as Imbolc, were of great importance to ancient people for regulating their time.

Rhubarb Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture Feb 2011 015The knowledge of when to plant, when to harvest, when to stay and when to move was imperative to the well-being of the Tribe.

Bealtaine Cottage Feb 2011 007Imbolc is celebrated, this year, on the 3rd day of February, at precisely 3.57pm here in Ireland.

Home made wine to celebrate Imbolc at Bealtaine Cottage Feb 2011 005The time differs accordingly across the northern hemisphere.

 The Celts named the cross quarters Imbolc, Bealtaine, Lughnasad and Samhain.

Happy Imbolc!


  1. Collette, I have an abundance of Deodar Cedar seeds. I can send you some if you like.

    I don’t think I have ever grown these tree, so they sound fascinating…yes please Eric, I would appreciate that, very much.
    I shall post some seeds in return.
    The seed bank is being sorted as I write!
    Simply heaps saved from last year being sorted…properly!
    Blessings from all at Bealtaine Cottage

    My address:
    Colette O’Neill
    Bealtaine Cottage,
    County Roscommon,

  2. Warm and magical Imbolc Blessings to all at Bealtaine xxx
    May the coming Spring uplift and energize you
    Col and all at Bealtaine Cottage X

  3. Visiting via Etsy. We would love to come visit you. We will in Sligo April 15-19.
    You are most welcome.
    Bealtaine Cottage is about 27 kms east of Sligo.
    Come for tea and scones and a tour of the permaculture gardens!
    We can talk nearer the date.

  4. Happy Imbolc to you too Colette….Slainte! (regrettably I couldn’t get the small / to appear over the ‘a’ !)
    That appears to be a problem with me too…never mind!
    Happy Imbolc to you too, Christine.
    Officially it’s 3.57pm on Sunday, but the planets won’t mind this earlier, Gregorian celebration!

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