Enchantment on the Last Day of November

There was always understood to be a contract between the people and the land.  This reminder formed the words as I walked the woodland sanctuary, on this last day of November. The leaf-covered earth I walked upon reminded me of that sacred contract, one long since forgotten by humankind. From the sacred well flows the life-giving […]

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Happy New Year from Bealtaine Cottage

        Seed from the sacred Rowan at Bealtaine Cottage now available. https://bealtainecottage.com/seeds-for-sale/  The ancient peoples of Ireland considered their Earth to be sacred and experienced the natural world as Divine…many lessons to be learned from our ancestors of these islands of Britain. Mother Earth had a womb…that which lies beneath our feet…and […]

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Good Magical Morning!

The Stone Circle here at Bealtaine Cottage is infused with early morning light. A wild wind blows in from the West carrying energy and a sense of renewal as it blows Hawthorn flowers in front of it. The morning is defined by change and renewal. Stillness pervades the air at the back of the cottage […]

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You Are Invited…

Bealtaine celebration is almost here! This is the biggest event in the Bealtaine Cottage diary and this year is the eleventh celebration of Summer in the permaculture gardens! As part of the anniversary celebration, Bealtaine Cottage and gardens will be open all day on Friday the 1st of May, Bealtaine! And open to all well-wishers […]

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The Shining Ones

To understand Celtic Spirituality we must suspend the normal way of looking at the world and ‘sense’ the other worlds around us.” – Donald McKinney, Celtic Spirituality for the 21st Century Looking North East towards Slieve Anieirin Mountain… Slieve Anierin, known as the Iron Mountain, is a magical landscape, where Iron Age people once mined […]

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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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Human Resources

The Corporate Christmas is well under way, de-humanizing society and sterilizing traditions and beliefs. Human Resources is the new term for people who are employed. This is how the Corporation views you…as a receptacle for stuff…So much stuff! Who owns the stuff? Do you own it or does it own you? You insure it! You […]

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Unseen

“I don’t just use yarn from a store. I buy old sweaters from consignment shops. The older the better, and unravel them. There are countries of women in this scarf/shawl/blanket. Soon it will be big enough to keep me warm. ” ― Laurie Halse Anderson, Wintergirls I love that quote. Her words sum up for […]

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Moving with Orion Towards Midwinter

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 […]

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