Christmas Eve in the West of Ireland

There was  a full moon on the Winter Solstice, an unusual event and not occurring in my lifetime again, so, very special to me. As my ancestors before me, I celebrate the Solstice, marking the longest night of the year and with the promise of all that lies ahead… The ritual of fire and feast, music and drink, gathering of family and friends are all important aspects of the Winter Solstice. The youngest member of my little tribe was here, forming a focal point for us all as we gathered to celebrate. She is displaying a love for the natural…

A Loaded Gun

“Western civilization is a loaded gun pointed at the head of this planet.” ― Terence McKenna I was shocked when I first read this quote! However, it is not a statement I can debate, because, from where I am at this moment in time, I have to agree. It is short and succinct! It is true. Returning recently from a shopping trip to Sligo, my head aching from the slow trawl around shops, keeping apace with other shoppers, most of whom seemed in a trance-like state, almost zombified; it struck me that many were there as a source of passive…

The Waxing Moon on Christmas Eve

Evening approaches. The Eve of Christmas…Christmas Eve. A new moon rises on the day after Winter Solstice. This is the third day after the New Moon. Today it is known as the waxing Moon. It is always a time of hope and optimism. I have just returned from town and the craziness of shoppers who are ill at ease, attempting to buy food and fripperies they may not even use, for the siege mentality has taken hold. In reality, most shops are closed for only two days, but we have been conditioned to be reliant on shops rather than ourselves…