The Transmigration of the Soul

The Romans conquered Europe, but resolutely refused to invade Ireland, despite ruling England, Wales and Scotland for several hundred years. Recently I have made a concerted effort to find out why this was…Why continual Roman Emperors left Ireland alone…? What crops up in my investigations time and again, is the issue of the ancient Celtic […]

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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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Saint Brigid’s Day, Imbolc and the 1st of Spring!

Making a St. Brigid’s cross is a special traditional ritual here in Ireland. The ancient festival of Imbolc reminds us that deep in the earth lie the dormant seeds of new life and creativity Brigid, the goddess of fire, whose manifestations were song, craftsmanship, and poetry, which the Irish considered the flame of knowledge. This […]

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On the Eve of Imbolc…

Imbolc is a time to celebrate the promise of Spring and to think about planting… Imbolc, or St Brigid’s Day  Lá Fhéile Bríde,  is an Irish festival marking the beginning of spring. Imbolc is celebrated on the 1st day of February, the date that falls approximately halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. The holiday was, and […]

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