A visit to the wild Atlantic Ocean marks the day that’s in it!
The turning of another year for me, so close to the Celtic New Year, I can almost taste the wood-smoke in the air from Samhain bonfires.
The ocean is strong and volatile today, churning and heaving life, as it crashes on the stony shore of Strandhill in Sligo.
This is my birthday, the beginning of my sixth decade experience with Mother Earth.
Visiting the Ocean is as close as I can get to her heart beat, rhythmic and strong…pounding out the pulse of life upon the shores of this most westerly habitation.
White horses ride the water as it breaks further out.
Children are on mid-term holiday from schools and line the promenade, with parents keeping watchful eye on the wild foam.
I look for a small stone upon the shore, one I can put into my pocket and hold easily in my hand as we venture home.
I feel renewed, invigorated, and ready to leave the last decade behind me, as I embrace the first day of my future.
Thanks to all you wonderful friends…it’s been a beautiful first day!
XXXX Colette at Bealtaine Cottage XXXX
The signs are everywhere…
Nights drawing in…
Unexpected sunshine on frosted mornings.
The bare beauty of trees silhouetted against clear winter skies.
As Orion strides across the evening sky, we draw closer to the Winter Solstice and the darkest, stillest, nights of the year.
Winter Solstice celebrations begin on the 21st of December, a time of hope and joy for all, regardless of belief or religious observances.
Ancient tribes all over the world observed rituals around Solstice time.
We too can celebrate Winter Solstice, integrating it into our own traditional celebrations.
A chance to step outdoors and observe the night sky.
An opportunity to nurture and develop connections to family and friends.
From this day, there are 22 days to go before the descent into the Midwinter Solstice.
Yes, the coldest days precede the Spring, so January rarely feels like the prelude to that beautiful season!
But, here in the West of Ireland, with Imbolc on the first day of February, the signs are there for all to see, as new life emerges from the frozen earth.
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