Bealtaine Eve in Ireland

 

The hen-house is all quiet on the Eve of Bealtaine.

The hen-house is all quiet on the Eve of Bealtaine.

 

The rain taps on the cottage roof as the Eve of Bealtaine draws in.

All the dry, warm weather is ended abruptly with heavy, rhythmic rain.

The lushness of Bealtaine Eve here at Bealtaine Cottage is merely a prelude to Summer and all to come...

The lushness of Bealtaine Eve here at Bealtaine Cottage is merely a prelude to Summer and all to come…

 

This Summer’s Eve will be freshened with Atlantic rain and the dry earth will release scents of green…yes, indeed, colour has a scent!

Honesty, Lunaria in full bloom this day

Honesty, Lunaria in full bloom this day

 

Bealtaine is the oldest festival in all of Europe and was historically celebrated on the Hill of Uisneach in County Westmeath.

looking deep into the gardens of Bealtaine

looking deep into the gardens of Bealtaine

 

This ancient ceremonial hill was, and remains, a sacred place and one of the most significant places of ancient ritual in all of Ireland.

Apple blossom on Bealtaine Eve at Bealtaine Cottage

Apple blossom on Bealtaine Eve at Bealtaine Cottage

 

This was the home of the Goddess Eriu…a place of High Kings and Tribes, a gathering place, where laws were passed and old allegiance re-newed!  

Bealtaine Eve by the Laurel Arch

Bealtaine Eve by the Laurel Arch

 

Bealtaine“Beacon-fires lit upon its summit could be seen over a quarter of Ireland, and in most directions the hills upon the horizons could relay the message of the beacon as far as the sea-coast.  The claim of Uisneach to be the centre of Ireland is thus quite justifiable, even though it may not be mathematically accurate.”[Macalister]

Bealtaine Eve in an Irish  Permaculture Garden.

Bealtaine Eve in an Irish Permaculture Garden.

 

In Irish mythology, the beginning of the summer and the bright half of the year started with the Fire Festival at Bealtaine.

Seedlings and new growth

Seedlings and new growth

 

May Summer be long and joyful for you, with a great harvest all the way through.

10 thoughts on “Bealtaine Eve in Ireland

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  3. Reblogged this on Laura Bruno's Blog and commented:
    Happy Bealtaine Eve from Beltaine Cottage … and me. Colette shares some lovely photos and history of Beltaine/Beltane. I’m excited to plant some of the lunaria seeds that arrived from Beltaine Cottage. A hint of Ireland in Goshen …

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  4. Tomorrow is also my 55th Birthday! When I was given a Grant of Arms/Territorial Designation as the (12th) Shaw of Easter Lair Glenshee, Scotland) by HM the Lord Lyon King of Arms for Scotland on 1, May 2002 – some folks were also reviving a fire ceremony at Uisneach Hill..the first time in a few hundred years. During that moment, they also kindly read off my name with an invocation.

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