Otherworld Manifestations

First in the Midwinter Series of stories from Bealtaine Cottage As promised, here is the first in the stories of Bealtaine series.  The first story happened in the early years as I worked the land…it’s title… Otherworld Manifestations Below is the link to the story, for those who are members of the private website. https://bealtainecottage.org/2016/11/07/otherworld-manifestations/ If you wish to support the Bealtaine project through membership, here’s the link to join up…  https://bealtainecottage.com/bealtaine-cottage-good-life/

Portal

This portal to the Otherworld: a place of being for the Celts, where life existed, but not as we know it! The portal is the Old Fairy House, which was once the gateway to Kilronan castle.   This ethereal looking gatehouse was created many years ago, when only horses and carriages travelled the roads of the west of Ireland. It was built in the vernacular tradition, using water worn limestone hewn from the surrounding earth. Many years have passed since a horse or carriage passed by… The entrance is no longer a part of the old estate. Here it stands,…

And Then It Snowed…

Snow fell heavy on this Permaculture smallholding in the West of Ireland today and suddenly we were back in the midst of winter. The light changed, as the reflective quality of the snow worked it’s magic. “Is it snowing where you are? All the world that I see from my tower is draped in white and the flakes are coming down as big as pop-corns. It’s late afternoon – the sun is just setting (a cold yellow colour) behind some colder violet hills, and I am up in my window seat using the last light to write to you.” ―…

The Collective Consciousness of Hope

February the 1st is the feast of Saint Brigid. Brigid was also a Celtic Goddess, who was venerated for protection of the home from fire. Ireland is full of spring wells named after the Goddess Brigid, who held sway over them. The Spring Wells are often seen as a portal to the Otherworld and a source of wisdom and healing. There is a Brigid in all who nurture compassion, hope, love and life. These are aspects of the Divine Feminine and this is the Age of the Awakening of the Divine Feminine in all of humanity. Governments are the trustees…

The Celtic New Year Festival of Samhain

It is nearing the end of this beautiful year. The transition of Autumn is underway as the end of October arrives with the magical Festival of Samhain…known to many as “Halloween.” Halloween was derived from the celebration of Samhain, with its myths and beliefs about the “Otherworld” and happily placed into Christian culture through the celebration of, “All Hallows Eve,” or “All Souls Night.” This beautiful time of the year is extolled in many beautiful poems and odes. The year was divided in two, with Summer and Winter heralding transition. “My tidings for you: the stag bells, Winter snows, Summer…

Permaculture Cottage ~ Compost, Potatoes, The Fairy Tree and a Cold Winter to Come!

Potatoes growing by the east side of the shed. Did you know that there are about five thousand potato varieties worldwide?                            Potatoes do not keep very well in storage and are vulnerable to molds that feed on the stored tubers, quickly turning them rotten.  However, I left potatoes in the ground over the course of last winter, when all was frozen solid for six long weeks…and they were dug out after the defrost and were perfect! I think it may have been the layer of straw that was atop the ground! Throughout Europe, the most important new food in the…