Posted in Autumn, celebrations, Celtic Mythology, Celts, Country Living, cows, Culture, Garden, History, Inspiration, Ireland, Life, Permaculture, Samhain, Spirituality, Thoughts

Driven Headlong by Passion…

Walking along country lanes in late September is a joy, when wrapped up warm.

The sun shines bright, but there is a chill in the air.

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Colours are brightening before the leaves finally shed their food onto the earth, replenishing the soil and adding fertility for the next growing season.

Cows muster around hedges, watching the road for signs of movement, for they are curious and social animals.

Autumn walks are precious.

The colours of autumn lead towards Samhain, pronounced, “Sow-een,” the end of summer proper and the start of winter.

Many know this festival today as Halloween.

The festival of Samhain is an ancient Celtic one.

Traditionally, there were many festivals celebrated to mark the passing of the seasons and indeed this celebratory feasting and dancing was noted by other, more formal civilizations.

The Celtic characteristics of spontaneity and passion were remarked upon by many in the Classical World…”I say…in everything they attempt, they are driven headlong by their passions and never submit to the laws of reason.” written by the Greek Historian, Polybius[200-118BCE] 

Such characteristics form part of the driving force which propels me here at Bealtaine Cottage.

The matrilinear society I come from encourages connections with, and observations of, the natural world, that is, for me, the driving force behind Permaculture.
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An aspect of the present day sickness of consumer driven materialism is the alienation of many in society, from the natural world and certainly, many of the so-called celebrations of today are corporation rackets and little more!

Roman society was predominantly patriarchal and much of western civilization is based upon the Roman model of governance and living.

Celtic Cross at Bealtaine CottageCentralized forms of government are now the norm., in the developed world, leaving communities behind or confining them to the edges of importance.

Within the framework of my life, based solely on the approaches of Permaculture, I am driven by the influences of my Celtic predecessors with their more harmonious and indeed balanced approach to life.

It is a way of living outside of the dictates of consumerism.

Posted in 2011, Culture, Current Affairs, Earth, Ecology, Gaia, Permaculture, Sustainable Living, Thoughts

The New Age

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We are living in a time of flux…All is change.

Many of us are seeing the potential in this continuous change and regard it as an awakening to The Age of Ecology.

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The Age of Corporatism continues in its most ugly form, sucking in souls to its relentless mantra of buy/consume, buy/consume…

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Economic growth in a finite world?

What was has almost destroyed our world, as more and more of humanity come to realise.

As many move away from the corporate model we once embraced, the world appears different to our eyes…we are living, alive, sensory deprived human beings.

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How much does one person need in order to feel happy?

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We used to inherit items we treasured thereafter…

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Economic growth?

MORE pollution, consumerism, ill-health, war, alienation, depression…

We need a new model for life, something better to aspire to…

To live a better life, with fewer products.

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To leave some of the raw materials in the Earth.

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To stop taking and grabbing and wanting…

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To consider the people yet to live.

Realising our present path is leading our precious Earth to TOTAL Ecological Collapse.

There has never been this amount of consumer goods on our planet.

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There has never been this amount of sickness, despair, depression and anxiety.

Conscious living.

Being fully aware of what we do, buy, eat, share, give and…think.

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We are in transit from the Age of Pisces.

This began with the birth of Christianity and is represented by the fish.

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Much of what has been experienced over the past two thousand years, has been shadowed and darkened by patriarchy, in its most virulent form.

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This is a time to leave behind what we now see as futile!

We are entering a new age… An Age of great change

The Age of Aquarius…