Celtic Ireland~Imbolc Rising

And so the wheel turns towards Spring and its tentative beginnings in the West of Ireland as the sun rises tomorrow morn. With the rising of the sun comes Imbolc! Oftentimes it does not look or even feel like Spring, but the light has changed…something that animals see, feel and react to before we do. […]

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A Time of Hope

Imbolc is the day that we celebrate the passing of Winter and the return of Spring. Imbolc marks the seasonal change, where the first signs of Spring and the return of the sun are noted. A festival of light, to celebrate the return of the sun, now gaining power in its’ ascent from its’ low […]

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Rising to Imbolc

The morning in the garden is bitterly cold. These are the days before Imbolc. We have endured the long sleep and are ready to waken to Imbolc… Magical days, filled to the brim with anticipation, a sense of urgency too, as the precious days of sleep and hibernation in the gardens comes to a close. […]

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Moving with Orion Towards Midwinter

The signs are everywhere… Nights drawing in… Unexpected sunshine on frosted mornings. The bare beauty of trees silhouetted against clear winter skies.  As Orion strides across the evening sky, we draw closer to the Winter Solstice and the darkest, stillest, nights of the year. Winter Solstice celebrations begin on the 21st of December, a time […]

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Imbolc and the Ascent of Spring

   The ancient peoples of the Earth celebrated the seasons by paying close attention to the skies above them, especially at night, when clear, and observation was undertaken. The Celts were particularly aligned in all aspects of their lives, with the precession of the Equinoxes and the timing of the seasons. Time was, and remains, […]

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It Looks Like Spring!

The sun shone all morning and there was a hint of Spring in the air. Mr Toad…not a real toad, you understand…caught the rays of the late winter sun and looked quite animated. Spring is officially welcomed into the west of Ireland on February the 1st, Imbolc, Brigid’s day. I would not be surprised to […]

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Imbolc at Bealtaine Cottage…and the sun is shining!

Today has been the finest day of the year so far! Imbolc. The first day of Spring on the Celtic calendar…and it hasn’t disappointed! Even as I write this journal, at almost 4pm, the sun continues to shine… “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”  ― Margaret Atwood Nature […]

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On the Eve of Imbolc…

Imbolc is a time to celebrate the promise of Spring and to think about planting… Imbolc, or St Brigid’s Day  Lá Fhéile Bríde,  is an Irish festival marking the beginning of spring. Imbolc is celebrated on the 1st day of February, the date that falls approximately halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. The holiday was, and […]

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