Early, matrilinear civilizations held certain areas as sanctuaries, for religious purposes.
These were marked out in forests as groves, and mountains with stone, but all bound with markers, many of which can be recognized in the landscape today.
Here in Ireland it is still possible to walk and sit in these sacred places near water, rock and remnants of ancient forest.
In ancient societies the Earth Mother was one of the earliest deities.
Her marriage with the Sky God produced life on Earth.
This was a way of understanding the interconnectedness of life, for people evolving societies.
These are some of the Sacred Spaces that have evolved in the gardens of Bealtaine, each one co-created with Mother Earth.
The alignment of these Sacred Spaces holds particular fascination for me, for I have watched each one come into being and am aware that one must enter from a particular direction and engage the space on a particular alignment.
Alignments that engage the human interacting within the gardens are particularly interesting…
I watch where the visitor is attracted to and the position they hold upon entering that space.
These alignments indicate energy pathways, referred to as Ley Lines.
Regarding the Earth as sacred, allows one to engage with the possibility of co-creating Sacred Space.
It is a way of opening portals to allow the Earth a sacred space in which she can re-generate herself.
Abundant energy flows from these spaces, connecting the land around and drawing in more energy.
This is the most remarked upon aspect of Bealtaine Cottage from visitors far and wide.
This is the time to create Sacred Space…
…for when we regard Mother Earth as sacred…
…we will cease to abuse her, or, more importantly, allow her to be abused!
Mornings arrive later as the sun struggles to climb above the eastern horizon…we slowly descend into winter.
Blackbirds swoop low across bushes in the garden, as they protect their territory from other hungry birds.
The hours between dawn and dusk grow thin and precious light appreciated.
Our ancestors appreciated the light of the day and made great effort to welcome it.
Newgrange was erected as a passage-grave and aligned to receive the first rays of the midwinter sun.
Our ancestors knew the importance of the midwinter solstice and the importance of light to all life on Earth.
Newgrange is the place to be on this auspicious morning of the winter, the solstice…
Midwinter can be a magical time here in Ireland, as this photograph shot from my kitchen window last year shows.
The light is different from all other and must have held a sacredness for our ancestors as the darkness engulfed them through November and December…
Newgrange was built around 3,200 BC and belongs to a time before metal was used.
Despite this, the construction was specifically aligned using knowledge that included details of the tilt within the axis of the earth and the exact information to design and build a window above the door lintel to receive the light from the rising sun on the solstice day.
So, as the light becomes increasingly important to us during this slow descent into Midwinter, can I make these small suggestions?
Find time to be quiet.
Explore in your environment a peaceful, comfortable place.
In this sacred space keep comfort with you.
Place a little bell here.
When you take time out to be quiet, light a candle, ring a soft sounding bell and meditate on the season of welcome light.
Spent the day in Omagh visiting my mother. She’s well and hearty and looking good! On the way back I stopped outside Blacklion by the lough and spotted this beautiful stone sculpture. It is in the spirit of John and Yoko, which is very appropriate as they visited Ireland and even had tea in the old Mulranny Hotel near Achill Island where I once lived. Imagine was the first album I bought when I went to London and it really is timeless, perhaps even more relevant today than ever…actually, definitely more relevant today! John was a soul of immense wisdom and integrity, which is so lacking today in our leaders!
A plain and simple message…
And there’s the island when you peep through the hole…the size of the world if looking from space. There’s a series of standing stones, so the alignment is important, as in all stone circles…
Home…it’s always good to return! The blackbird was singing the last song of the day. Valerian was almost in bloom along the walls of the cottage and bluebells had opened under the kitchen window.