The Night of the Thin Veil

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September has been an extraordinary month of sun and still air, little has moved and time has appeared to stand still. www.bealtainecottage.comSunrises and sunsets have been spectacular.

www.bealtainecottage.comIndeed, September 2013 will be remembered here in Ireland for the “Indian Summer,” often promised and rarely received!

www.bealtainecottage.comTomorrow is the last day of September.

We are now past equal day and night and on the descent to Samhain and the night of the “thin veil”…

www.bealtainecottage.comI have spent as much time outdoors as possible, walking and watching the light play with the changing seasons.

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The Celts believed in the sacredness of times and places “in between”.

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The places, “in-between,”  the shore and land, thresholds, night and day, life and death.

The place between life and death was honoured in the form of a wake, for the soul took time to depart and journey onwards.

www.bealtainecottage.comBealtaine and Samhain are in-between times, when time stands still, as transition occurs.

Bealtaine is the transition to summer and Samhain the passing into winter.

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‘Tis a pity that Samhain has been so commercialized, into the freak show of Halloween…it is not to be tolerated! Samhain is a lovely time of remembering and honouring the ancestors and all those who have passed from our lives during the year.

www.bealtainecottage.comI hope you take the time to celebrate with a gathering of family, friends, feast and fire…reclaiming our precious traditions from the corporate nonsense of plastic pollution and Hollywood freak show!

(All photos today were taken by me, in the local area around Bealtaine Cottage.)

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19 replies »

  1. You are a natural born story teller Colette. I love all the folk lore you bring into your blog, the mystical with the practical, the great photos that make it so alive and for me the reminders to take the time to observe the passing of the seasons and through that our connection to the earth and beautiful world of nature.

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  2. Absolutely breathtaking pictures and beautiful thoughts! My favourite is: “watching the light play with the changing seasons.” It is also nice to be reminded about the time in between – I did my BA years ago in Celtic Studies.

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  3. Beautiful, and totally agree with you about the disgustingness of what Hallowe’en has become. Similing at the notion you’re supposed to have Indian Summer – it’s reserved for the New World where we have ‘Indians’.

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    • It’s a term I have grown up with and used by the Weather Forecasters here in the British Isles…An Indian summer is a period of unseasonably warm, dry weather, occurring after the end of summer proper…and lovely when we’re lucky enough to experience one 🙂
      Blessings
      Colette

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