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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Goddess Harmony


“The symbol of Goddess gives us permission. She teaches us to embrace the holiness of every natural, ordinary, sensual dying moment. Patriarchy may try to negate body and flee earth with its constant heartbeat of death, but Goddess forces us back to embrace them, to take our human life in our arms and clasp it […]

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A Time of Hope

Imbolc is the day that we celebrate the passing of Winter and the return of Spring. Imbolc marks the seasonal change, where the first signs of Spring and the return of the sun are noted. A festival of light, to celebrate the return of the sun, now gaining power in its’ ascent from its’ low […]

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Rising to Imbolc

The morning in the garden is bitterly cold. These are the days before Imbolc. We have endured the long sleep and are ready to waken to Imbolc… Magical days, filled to the brim with anticipation, a sense of urgency too, as the precious days of sleep and hibernation in the gardens comes to a close. […]

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Celtic Spring

A weekend of storms has settled into sunshine and showers. The funeral of my darling Mother is over. The future for those she left behind has re-started. A lovely calm has descended upon Bealtaine Cottage. I returned on my own last night, preferring to spend time alone. The evening was filled with lighting stoves, making […]

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Imbolc and the Ascent of Spring

Bealtaine Cottage stained glass

   The ancient peoples of the Earth celebrated the seasons by paying close attention to the skies above them, especially at night, when clear, and observation was undertaken. The Celts were particularly aligned in all aspects of their lives, with the precession of the Equinoxes and the timing of the seasons. Time was, and remains, […]

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It Looks Like Spring!

The sun shone all morning and there was a hint of Spring in the air. Mr Toad…not a real toad, you understand…caught the rays of the late winter sun and looked quite animated. Spring is officially welcomed into the west of Ireland on February the 1st, Imbolc, Brigid’s day. I would not be surprised to […]

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The Collective Consciousness of Hope

February the 1st is the feast of Saint Brigid. Brigid was also a Celtic Goddess, who was venerated for protection of the home from fire. Ireland is full of spring wells named after the Goddess Brigid, who held sway over them. The Spring Wells are often seen as a portal to the Otherworld and a […]

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