Midsummer Vigil

The wall is silence, the grass is sleep, Tall trees of peace their vigil keep, And the Fairy of Dreams with moth-wings furled Plays soft on her flute to the drowsy world. ~Ida Rentoul Outhwaite And as the seasons come and go, here’s something you might like to know. There are fairies everywhere: under bushes, […]

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Magical Evening of Ostara at Bealtaine Cottage

This is the evening of Ostara, the Spring Equinox…of equal day and night. The Great Turning of the year as Spring moves with joy towards the Summer and Bealtaine, the first of May. A magical time. The word Ostara is just one of the names given to the celebration of the Spring Equinox, also known […]

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Celtic Ireland~Imbolc Rising

And so the wheel turns towards Spring and its tentative beginnings in the West of Ireland as the sun rises tomorrow morn. With the rising of the sun comes Imbolc! Oftentimes it does not look or even feel like Spring, but the light has changed…something that animals see, feel and react to before we do. […]

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Country Cottage Journal ~ A Christmas Eve Message from Bealtaine Cottage

The cottage is quiet. Outside the remains of the storm huff and puff it’s remaining fury. Inside the thick stone walls it’s Christmas Eve. There will be a full moon on Christmas night, the first one since 1977. But, this morning, the rays of the Midwinter sun illuminate the grey morning and all is quiet. […]

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Michaelmas and the Archangel

Michaelmas has arrived. A special day in the Christian calendar, celebrating Saint Michael the Archangel. Michaelmas daisies are out on time. Today’s podcast…

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Lughnasa Eve Blessings

Today is the final day of summer in the Celtic Calendar…Happy Lughnasa! May the days of harvest be filled with abundance and delight! As the Earth offers up her bounty, may your heart be filled with thanks. Enjoy the coolness of the early morning air as the days move inexorably toward Autumn. Take time to […]

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The Secret Energy of Midsummer

As the days of early summer move inexorably towards the Solstice, life at Bealtaine Cottage takes on a brilliant energy. Everything is growing! There’s a bench in my garden,  shaded by many beautiful trees, near to the lower pond, where I enjoy sitting alone, as early in the morning as I can manage… to simply […]

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