The Power of Ritual

Ritual, everyday ritual, is incredibly powerful! Examine the ritual of power, be that in the opening of parliament, royal celebrations, religious ceremony…and you begin to see the importance and power of ritual! So where does this fit into a sustainable life or a permaculture smallholding? It is simple to understand in the context of power… Since the rise of the Age of Technology, our real power as human beings has become diminished. We have become reliant on technology, without stopping to assess and filter the bits we really need and want. I was contemplating this as I lit the stove…

The Tipping Point Moment

 “Right now over  70% of the world population is convinced that something serious has to be done about the dangers facing the planet. …Most of humanity wants to know how to make the change. It’s one of those tipping-point times where things can change unbelievably fast…” ~ Paul H. Ray and Sherry Ruth Anderson, The Cultural Creatives Words of wisdom. Words of vision. The coming times; a glimpse of what’s to come. These times are infused with uncertainty and fear. Many people deal with this by switching off. The Tipping Point has arrived. Most of us know this to be…

Bealtaine Eve in Ireland

    The rain taps on the cottage roof as the Eve of Bealtaine draws in. All the dry, warm weather is ended abruptly with heavy, rhythmic rain.   This Summer’s Eve will be freshened with Atlantic rain and the dry earth will release scents of green…yes, indeed, colour has a scent!   Bealtaine is the oldest festival in all of Europe and was historically celebrated on the Hill of Uisneach in County Westmeath.   This ancient ceremonial hill was, and remains, a sacred place and one of the most significant places of ancient ritual in all of Ireland.   This…