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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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Blessings

Colette

Author:

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!

19 thoughts on “The Night of the Thin Veil

  1. 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’.

    1. 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

  2. LOVE those photos of the still waters , plants and misty scenes…just beautiful,magical and a lovely place to be I am sure….thank you for sharing….:-)

  3. 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.

      1. It is my favourite as well! Yes, I remember my Celtic Studies years with great fondness. The mythology, the history, the music, the literature. I could have studied that forever.

  4. Reblogged this on Bealtaine Cottage and commented:

    ‘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.

  5. The Celts understood and respected nature and the seasons,for them and some of us still these transitions are important 🙂

  6. 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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