The Transmigration of the Soul

back door of the cottage

The Romans conquered Europe, but resolutely refused to invade Ireland, despite ruling England, Wales and Scotland for several hundred years.

Angel at sunsetRecently I have made a concerted effort to find out why this was…Why continual Roman Emperors left Ireland alone…?

Sunset through the trees at Bealtaine CottageWhat crops up in my investigations time and again, is the issue of the ancient Celtic belief in the transmigration of the soul.

Sunset at Bealtaine CottageThis was not just something that was taught by the Druids, but an unshakeable conviction in the afterlife…one so strong, that it made them absolutely fearless in battle.

view from a window at Bealtaine CottageTransmigration of the soul is a doctrine of reincarnation.

Flo and JackWithin this belief, spirits may be reborn into any of nature’s forms – human, animal, or even inanimate things, such as trees and water.

Water garden in permaculture at Bealtaine CottageThis is supported by evidence from the ancient Celtic Heroic tales.

Celtic Cross at Bealtaine CottageThe Greek writer Diordus Siculus (c. 60 BC – 30 AD) noted that the Druids believed “the souls of men are immortal, and that after a definite number of years they live a second life when the soul passes to another body.”

Bee on Lunaria flower at Bealtaine CottageThe Greek philosopher Strabo (c. 63 BC – 21 AD) observed the Druids believed that “men’s souls and the universe are indestructible, although at times fire and water may prevail.”

Angel at Bealtaine CottageJulius Caesar wrote of the Celts “They wish to inculcate this as one of their leading tenets, that souls do not become extinct, but pass after death from one body to another, and they think that men by this tenet are in a great degree stimulated to valour, the fear of death being disregarded.”

Buddha at Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture GardensThis was most troublesome for Julius Caesar, as he realized this race would not be easily defeated and thence subjugated.

Missy Cat sleeps on the bed at Bealtaine CottageThe Roman Empire was all too aware of what happened when the British Celts,  under their Queen Boadicea, decided to revolt against Roman tyranny.

The standing stone at Bealtaine Cottage February 2013The Celts, led by their Queen, cut a mighty swathe through the Roman settlements, towns and armies in England, almost wiping out Roman occupation!

light a candle at Bealtaine Cottage IrelandThe Romans had raped the daughters of Boadicea, making her watch…the entire Iceni Tribe rallied behind the dignity of their queen and against the tyranny of such barbarians as empire breeds.

Christmas eve moon above Bealtaine CottageAs for the women of the Celts, Roman Diodorus Siculus wrote of them, saying, “Among the Gauls the women are nearly as tall as the men, whom they rival in courage.”

Brigid Cross  Bealtaine Cottage Shop on EtsyAmicus Marcelling states – “A whole troop of foreigners would not be able to withstand a single Celt if he called his wife to his assistance”

Bealtaine Cottage candles in the windowJulius Caesar was frightened of the Celts, despite the mighty legions of Rome.

Bealtaine Cottage before Christmas 2012This is a truth I carry today…to be steadfast and resolute in holding fast to what I believe to be right.

Bealtaine Cottage bog garden 

Blessings X



  1. I am mostly Scotch and some Irish on my Father’s side and Welsh, Dutch, and German on my mother’s side. No wonder I am such a stubborn determined person! But I am also very proud!

  2. Very interesting to me as I have recently come to a similar conclusion, as you can see from my blog. Unfortunately, the video link didnt work for me, but I very much enjoyed your post and pictures.

  3. Colette, I would like to believe that was true, but I can’t help thinking that the Roman name for Ireland Hibernia had something to do with it. It is a shame all the same that we have lost so much of Celtic culture for the global corporate mono-culture. Time for us to reclaim something of that.

  4. Turlough O’Carolan’s music certainly transports the spirit and brings nature to mind, and indeed he lives on through many a harpists fingers.
    Thank you so much for sharing this immensely interesting piece of history (I must read up on it) as well as your truly breathtaking photography with us.
    One of my favourite daily treats is visiting your blog.

    Warmest blessings x

    • Lots and lots of info on the web! Also some great books. Google Celts BBC …lots there too!
      Thanks Cicely for the words of encouragement…you are always so very generous XXX

  5. Ideas, even when totally false, have power. On ‘returning’, I keep an open mind – always remembering my Dublin-born grandmother saying to me “you’ve been here before”.

    If anyone would like to try past-life regression self-hypnosis, s/he could try this:

    And, from the same series, with concentration on the most recent past life – most likely to be historically verifiable:

    Thinking a lot about these matters just now, having just discovered that someone very dear to me but long out of touch died aged only 45. If you love someone, tell her, tell him.

    • I am sorry to hear you lost someone dear to you at such a young age. Will check out your links, am not sure I want to regress but it’s a very interesting subject. I have a niece that everyone feels is an old soul.

      • Thanks – I’m having a lot of trouble to accept that such a spirit as Thomas’s has gone from this world – he was the funniest person I’ve ever known. As for the links, while there’s a lot of rubbish out there, these are responsible. Re. your niece, you might find books on children who remember past lives useful. Doing past-like regression with a therapist is on my ‘bucket list’ (!) – and my list is very short.

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