A Pagan Woman

True morality consists not in following the beaten track but in finding out the true path for ourselves and fearlessly following it. ~ Mahatma Gandhi The word, “morality” comes from Latin, moralitas, meaning “manner, character, proper behaviour”  One would be forgiven for thinking that morality was invented therefore by the Romans…in my view a most immoral culture and empire! Following 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…

End of Empire and Climate Chaos

The greatest concern of our times is happening on a daily basis and affecting every one of us. Weather volatility is real and happening and the Ostriches in power appear impotent against the great forces of Nature. The gabbling media assault our senses with celebrity highs and lows, sport and highly edited titbits of what is happening internationally…all the while keeping away from any real conversation about the chaos that is the weather all around us and those dreaded words: Climate Change. However it is not Climate Change any more…the media have completely missed out on that conversation! It has…

Goddess Harmony

“The symbol of Goddess gives us permission. She teaches us to embrace the holiness of every natural, ordinary, sensual dying moment. Patriarchy may try to negate body and flee earth with its constant heartbeat of death, but Goddess forces us back to embrace them, to take our human life in our arms and clasp it for the divine life it is – the nice, sanitary, harmonious moment as well as the painful, dark, splintered ones. If such a consciousness truly is set loose in the world, nothing will be the same. It will free us to be in a sacred…

The Great Creatrix

The photographer from Irish Country Magazine has just left…the magazine photo-shoot is over! You can read all about Bealtaine Cottage in the Dec/Jan edition, which will be on the shelves at the end of November! As we walked around the gardens, the conversation turned to the story of how Bealtaine emerged from rushy fields and it became apparent that this story becomes harder to tell…for it all seems so improbable. The story has taken on myth-like qualities as visitors look around, finding it hard to believe that Nature could work such magic…but She has…the Great Creatrix! The gardens are now…

The Magical and The Sacred

It is a rare thing…to be lost for words. A day in Autumn that changes one perspective on life and the meaning of it all. Where shall I begin? Perhaps where I started, this morning, camera in my dressing gown pocket and mug of hot coffee in my hand, traipsing out in rubber clogs onto grass saturated with morning dew. Or maybe, a little earlier, as this year began, immersed in deep sadness, as my mother made her own journey back to the Divine. But the Wheel, as they say, turns and the beauty of the Sacred overcomes the grief…

Earth Consciousness…A Portal to the Divine

Harvesting is under way. This year more than ever sees an immense increase in the offerings from Mother Earth. Blackcurrants are taking up much of my time over recent weeks. Bag after bag is sealed and placed in the freezer to await further instructions!  Several hundred pounds of Blackcurrants from what was only two original bushes, but now number several dozen…easy to grow and multiply from cuttings stuck straight into the earth! Trees have put out a huge amount of wood which will be coppiced later in the year. This beautiful, forgiving form of energy that aids the environment as…

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…

Morning

Morning in the west of Ireland on a perfect day in late June. The back door of the cottage is open; wood pigeons call softly to one another as blackbirds swoop noisily in and out of the blackcurrant bushes, feasting on the heavily laden stems. Morning…full of stillness and promise, the prelude to a hot, dry day of high summer. The cottage will remain a cool sanctuary, as the heat of the day rises golden over the hill of Ballyfermoyle. Birds will swoop along paths of shade, wings outstretched catching the earthy updraft of chill.  “Summer was our best season: it was sleeping…

Earth Energy and the Divine Force

Cosmic energy is all around us. There are days when one feels it powerfully as the day progresses. It is often referred to as life force. This is the powerful  energy that maintains the balance of our Earth, the Universe and beyond, into the Cosmos. That energy can be felt in extraordinary ways here at Bealtaine Cottage. Many visitors become overwhelmed by the force of the energy, often crying and needing to embrace. Those of you who have visited will have experienced this. For my part, I firmly believe in the manifestation of the Divine in all of Nature. Where…