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A Pagan Woman

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True morality consists not in following the beaten track but in finding out the true path for ourselves and fearlessly following it.

Mahatma Gandhi

DSC00676The word, “morality” comes from Latin, moralitas, meaning “manner, character, proper behaviour” 

DSC00675One would be forgiven for thinking that morality was invented therefore by the Romans…in my view a most immoral culture and empire!

DSC00674Following on from the collapse of the Roman Empire, morality became the foremost banner of the Abrahamic religions, as they prescribed the life to be adhered to for those in Europe and later North and South America, as well as large parts of Africa.

DSC00673Failing to adhere could mean being cast out from society, which was governed in strict terms by the church, in almost every instance.

DSC00671And this has remained de rigeur until recently…in fact, my own lifetime.

DSC00668In fact, social acceptability and indeed family acceptance was predicated upon one’s adherence to religion…or apparent adherence!

DSC00667This blog was preceded and inspired by a conversation I had a few days ago with a family member, a sibling.

DSC00669We both recalled how dominant religion was in our childhood, education and subsequent life outside of Ireland.

My Mother declared towards the end of her life, that she felt fortunate to have reached a time in history when she could ask questions about the institutions that governed much of her life and embrace the possibility of a much bigger picture.

DSC00514 We shared many interesting conversations on many aspects of life…she felt the “lid was off the box!”

DSC00512I have recently declared myself to be a pagan woman, in that I do not believe in any form of killing, for any reason, nor do I believe in a “creator” as in any sky god, including Zeus and I seek the Divine in all life. Mother Earth is both my home and “church,” feeding my deepest spiritual needs.

(Paganism is not dogmatic. Pagans pursue their own vision of the Divine as a direct and personal experience. ~Pagan Federation)

DSC00665 As I revealed this to my brother, we both realised that this would have been impossible to declare for any of our previous family over the course of the last 1500 years .

So, here I am, the first woman in my family for 1500 years to happily and openly declare my spiritual path outside of any established, monotheistic  church or religion and reconnecting with ancient family …that’s quite profound, don’t you think?

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Sacred Earth Rising

Bealtaine CottageIf, nine years ago, someone had told me that the Earth was sacred, I may have laughed and thought it a little eccentric of them to say the least!

Amethyst horn at Bealtaine CottageLooking back, through my collection of diaries, from the time when I first began planting the land here at Bealtaine Cottage, I realise that immense changes have happened, not just here, on the land, but here, within me too.

Roses at BealtaineThere is no doubt in my mind that the Earth is sacred.

Standing stone at Bealtaine CottageThis fundamental belief was what was missing from my life.

Shasta daisy at Bealtaine CottageIt is what binds everything else together and allows me to make sense of life.

Fowgloves at Bealtaine CottageIt is not a populist belief, but then this blog is not written from that precept of appealing to the popular or mainstream.

Bealtaine Cottage BuddhaThis blog is merely a way of focusing my thoughts for my diary entries.

Front garden at BealtaineIt is a way of sharing evolving values and ideas.

Box for the birds and the beesIt is a way of sharing what has empowered and enabled me.

Valerian by the barnHope and happiness walk hand in hand.

Bealtaine Cottage ValerianI have found both at Bealtaine Cottage…the blessed Earth…Sacred Earth…She is rising.

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Sharing this video made this morning here at Bealtaine…