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Easter in a Permaculture Garden…700th Post!

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This is what happens in Permaculture…surplus is fed back into the system or shared out!

www.bealtainecottage.com In this case there was a small surplus of blue paint…the outcome is what you see here!

www.bealtainecottage.comI woke to a magnificent sunrise this morning…Kilronan Mountain is shrouded in mist, so doesn’t appear to exist at all!

www.bealtainecottage.comBees are buzzing and birds are singing to herald in this wonderful Easter weekend here in the west of Ireland!

www.bealtainecottage.comWith the emergence of Spring, several weeks ago now, there has been an accumulation of heat and light working on the earth that promises an early Summer.

www.bealtainecottage.comThe promise of seedlings has excelled…it appears that every seed sown has germinated!

www.bealtainecottage.com Fortunately, now that I have five beautiful hens, seedlings that are excess to requirements can simply be fed to the hens as a wonderful source of nutrition.

www.bealtainecottage.comSome of the seedlings are also used by me in salads, again a wonderful source of nutrition!

www.bealtainecottage.comSlabs of bedrock, rising out of the earth all over the land here at Bealtaine, show off their pink colour in the drying air of late Spring.

www.bealtainecottage.comPrimroses play peek-a-boo on the driveway.

www.bealtainecottage.comCrocosmia show off a vibrant lime-green in the early morning light.

www.bealtainecottage.comBack to blue, because…

www.bealtainecottage.comI simply cannot resist it!

www.bealtainecottage.comThe vibrant pink of this Saxifrage has found a perfect bed in the gravel driveway…another reason why tarmac is a non-starter here!

www.bealtainecottage.comPrimroses aren’t the only things around here playing peek-a-boo!

www.bealtainecottage.comThe mist in the valley has cut off Kilronan Mountain.

www.bealtainecottage.comFurther up the gardens, behind where I now stand, Comfrey, Lovage, Fennel, Valerian and Chives are all about a foot high and looking very robust in the late Spring, early morning light.

www.bealtainecottage.comBy my feet, the Euphorbia flowers.

www.bealtainecottage.comAnd indoors, on the dresser, reminders of Spring and Easter…

www.bealtainecottage.comHappy Easter to all!

PS: Next month will the my tenth anniversary of Bealtaine Cottage.

Today marks the 700th blog!

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The Precession of the Equinoxes and The Age of Aquarius

According to many sources, we are in the Age of Aquarius, though many argue over dates and calendars.

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On the 21st of December 2012, the winter solstice precesses through the Milky Way, which was of great mythological importance to the Mayans.

  Bealtaine Cottage entrance to the fairy dell woodlandThere is a belief among many that there will be unusual harmony and understanding in the world, in this new age.

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This will manifest as a  turning point in human consciousness.

Balance will be restored as we awaken to a new level of understanding.

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Much of this new found consciousness will be manifested through the return of  feminine energies.

Missy contemplates the age of aquariusWe have lived in a continuous state of patriarchy during the Age of Pisces and, as a consequence, become disconnected from nature and the abundance of the earth.

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War has been a constant feature in every generation and the value of the female has been much maligned and desecrated by all the institutions of power.

The old Age of Pisces is closing down, the frequency of that age is taken over by the higher frequency of Aquarius and thus the higher consciousness.

All is change…

Humans have celebrated the equinoxes since the beginning of time and many rituals were designed around them.

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They signal the beginning of each of Earth’s four seasons.

All of this was integrated into religion.

For example, the Christian hierarchy included all the ancient celebrations,  changing the name and meaning.

Bealtaine Cottage willow archIt takes 72 years for one star to move one degree in the night sky…so how did the ancients know about the Precession of the Equinox?

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Have you ever wondered why Christmas and Easter are celebrated so close to the Winter and Vernal (Spring) Equinox?

There is a tangible change happening, being experienced by many people I speak with.

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Something is influencing how many see the world, themselves and each other.

Bealtaine Cottage Jack and Flo in the porchMuch of what was important in our lives, no longer appears to have much relevance.

There is something stirring…

The Age of Aquarius.

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