Goddess Permaculture…Here It Is!

This is a morning in early winter, at Bealtaine Cottage in the west of Ireland. On this Sunday, the twentieth day of November, I awoke to frost, clear skies and that bitter cold signalling immersion in Winter. Bealtaine Cottage didn’t always look like this…you can see how it once looked at the bottom of this page… Twelve years ago it looked quite different. The monoculture of meat production had brought the land low. Mother Earth was slowly dying. The air was silent. This morning you can see for yourself the beauty brought back to the land through Goddess Permaculture. What…

A Lifeboat For Humanity

It was James Lovelock who first suggested that there would be a very few countries which would escape the worst vagaries of the oncoming Climate Change… Much of our media remains silent about the problem and there hangs an eerie silence in the air around centres of political machinations. Our extractive mentality and the demand for higher profits combine to destroy our very own habitat..this is the truth of what’s happening worldwide…we cannot escape our acquisitive nature! We appear to be caught in a vicious circle of greed versus need…and we know which one of those two is winning!  This…

Giordano Bruno

I have been reading much of late…in particular, two books by James Lovelock, setting out the case for Gaia and the ensuing extreme weather generated by a change in our climate, among other things, some would argue!  This is not a blog about Climate Change or, even, extreme weather…enduring it is quite enough! This is about an extraordinary human being, who, 400 years before James Lovelock, set out the case for our Earth being alive…as I know her to be today! For this and other beliefs, Giordano was burned at the stake in the year 1600. Giordano Bruno, born Filippo Bruno, was…

Like Children

For the 99 percent of the time we’ve been on Earth, we were hunter and gatherers, our lives dependent on knowing the fine, small details of our world.  Deep inside, we still have a longing to be reconnected with the nature that shaped our imagination, our language, our song and dance, our sense of the divine.  Janine M. Benyus As an integral part of the global awakening that is happening, humankind are being called back to the earth, to reconnect with Gaia. Not everyone is feeling this at the same time…as each one of us on our own sacred journey…

Move to Higher Ground

We are facing a multitude of crises at this time. War, austerity, climate change, environmental disaster…the list goes on.  Each month seems to bring a stronger cumulative effect in how we are perceiving the world around us…many feel threatened and some even feel doomed. It has been quite some time now since the cost of petrol at the pump has dropped, in fact the opposite has happened, as the cost has climbed steadily, week on week. This tells us, in no uncertain terms, that we have reached Peak oil and there will never again be affordable car travel for the…

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…

The Need To Be

There is a growing consciousness of need in humanity today. There is an urgent need to be close to the Earth. Many of you feel this most powerfully. Many of you are seeing the world for the first time…with eyes wide open, almost startled by the immense beauty of it all. The vibration of the planet is rising and has been doing so for several decades now. With this rise in vibrational energy comes the Awakening of Humanity. Do you feel the joy of being in Nature?  Invocation Gaia, you who cradle uranium and the rose in your arms– in…

The Memory of Eden

What is it that makes so many farmers and gardeners want to burn vegetative material? The same happens here in Ireland, a country with the lowest tree cover in all of Europe! This is essential for building soil, in fact is the only thing apart from erosion of rock, that actually gives us soil. Our connection to the soil is vital, for it gives us our food. Those who fail to make that connection are doomed to starvation and loss of habitat. Loss of habitat means certain death. Is this what is happening all over the Earth right now? It…