Archive for April, 2014

Bealtaine Eve in Ireland

Happy Bealtaine Eve from Bealtaine Cottage … and me. Colette shares some lovely photos and history of Beltaine/Beltane. I’m excited to plant some of the lunaria seeds that arrived from Beltaine Cottage. A hint of Ireland in Goshen …

Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland

The hen-house is all quiet on the Eve of Bealtaine. The hen-house is all quiet on the Eve of Bealtaine.

The rain taps on the cottage roof as the Eve of Bealtaine draws in.

All the dry, warm weather is ended abruptly with heavy, rhythmic rain.

The lushness of Bealtaine Eve here at Bealtaine Cottage is merely a prelude to Summer and all to come... The lushness of Bealtaine Eve here at Bealtaine Cottage is merely a prelude to Summer and all to come…

This Summer’s Eve will be freshened with Atlantic rain and the dry earth will release scents of green…yes, indeed, colour has a scent!

Honesty, Lunaria in full bloom this day Honesty, Lunaria in full bloom this day

Bealtaine is the oldest festival in all of Europe and was historically celebrated on the Hill of Uisneach in County Westmeath.

looking deep into the gardens of Bealtaine looking deep into the gardens of Bealtaine

This ancient ceremonial hill was, and remains, a sacred place and one of the most significant places of ancient ritual in all of Ireland.

Apple blossom on Bealtaine Eve at Bealtaine Cottage Apple blossom on Bealtaine Eve at Bealtaine Cottage

This was the home of the…

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Towards revisioning and appreciating “ruderal” (abandoned) urban landscapes

This is a fascinating and mind-opening article for anyone dealing with “weeds.” I’ve reblogged Ann’s post, because I appreciate her comments, but the rest of the article requires a click thru. I will say that my research has led to the same conclusion about “invasives” having medicinal properties. Japanese Knotweed, for example, is almost as difficult to get rid of as Lyme Disease … and lo and behold, Japanese Knotweed tends to “invade” Lyme endemic areas. Its resveratrol offers one of the most helpful remedies for Lyme Disease — in part due to the biochemistry, but, I believe, also due to the tough character of the plant, which mimics Lyme’s ability to take hold and overwhelm.

Of course, I type this after a morning spent observing our yard, hand removing all traces of garlic mustard and plucking the yellow dandelion flowers before they become thousands of dandelion seeds — and before I go dig up dandelions from my asparagus bed. I appreciate dandelions — in the wild section of the yard. Meanwhile, I’ve enjoyed the contemplative observation of various ecosystems in our yard, as the dandelion plucking forces me to look carefully at what’s growing where — and to ponder why. “Weeds” tell us a lot about soil conditions, and they help remedy imbalances. Nature also works in trades. I plant many flowers I do want in exchange for removing the dandelion heads before they go to seed. Watching this quasi-urban, quasi-industrial, quasi-suburban yard transform tickles me to no end. Last week, a yard helper noted that the scary looking “weeds” I meant to pull were peonies. Who knows what beauty lurks in unfamiliar forms and unusual locations?

Calling All Creators and Earth Lovers – Tonight’s Solar Eclipse in Taurus

I was awake last night in the week hours of morning East Coast time, setting my own intentions and enjoying the gentle, yet potent natural energies of the Solar Eclipse and New Moon in Taurus. In case you missed the actual moment, you can still tune in to the amplified energies today:
“The best time for setting intentions is after 11:14 pm (Pacific) [Monday] night, or all day tomorrow (Tuesday).”

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taurus solar eclipse collage by Emily

Tonight’s Solar Eclipse is a super-potent New Moon, planting a seed for a new beginning that will develop over the next six months and even the next 19 years.

At every New Moon, the Sun and Moon – the cosmic Father and Mother – unite at the same degree of the zodiac, giving birth to a new cycle. At a Solar Eclipse, their union is so precise (from our perspective on Earth) that the Moon’s shadow temporarily blocks the light of the Sun:  a profound re-setting of consciousness, a regeneration of the creative life force. What wants to be “eclipsed” (released, composted, transformed) to free up energy for a rebirth?

In earthy, sensual Taurus, this Eclipse marks a turning point in our relationship to the material world – our own bodies and the body of our home planet; money, possessions and other resources; food. High-vibration Taurus…

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Wise Words and a Quick Reminder

My friend Heidi had this quote in her email signature, and it struck me as so very true. Paradox is a hallmark of the Great Mystery!

Should you want to contain something, you must deliberately let it expand.
Should you want to weaken something, you must deliberately let it grow strong.
Should you want to eliminate something, you must deliberately allow it to flourish.
Should you want to take something away, you must deliberately grant it access…”

– Lao Tzu, 36th Verse, Tao te Ching

Also, a quick reminder that you still have today and tomorrow to sign up for either or both of the April 2014 Specials.

Many blessings!

Aftershocks from my interview with Sharyl Attkisson

“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” ~Adolf Hitler[ … and the CDC?!] Keep this in mind when you hear about deadly global pandemics and mandatory vaccines. Do you really want to trust proven liars with your physical, mental and emotional health? If a global pandemic ever does happen, the CDC would be among the last places I’d look for a “prevention” or “cure.”
As Bill Gates said: “The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s heading up to about nine billion. Now if we do a really great job on NEW VACCINES, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent!” (About 1 Billion People!) Emphasis mine. There are some sick puppies in the media, self appointed “elite,” and BigPharmafia. Do your own research, protect your imagination from CDC programming, and build your own immune system…

James Corbett ~ Divide and Conquer: Politics and the Left/Right Fraud

Someone just commented that people should watch this video at least once per month to remind ourselves of what the problem is. With all the recent and frenzied hoopla, now seems like a great time for a repost.

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This report explores both Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party Movements, showing striking similarities, despite major (and quite successful) efforts to spin them off into partisan politics. Viewers might be surprised (as I was) to learn that the TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party originally sprang from opposition to George W. Bush and his whitewashing of the 9/11 Commission. Corbett goes on to explore the history of “Divide and Conquer.”

I agree with Ann of Exopermaculture:

This is excellent.

“’The situation would almost be laughable, if it were not so tragic. Either someone is on the same side or they are the enemy. There is no room for nuance, for subtle distinctions, for alliance or cooperation on matters of great import.’

“Or, of course, for digging to the root of what caused the division in the first place.

“’But if you want a bagel, there are 23 flavors.’”

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Earth Energy and the Divine Force

Yes, I feel the shift each day! Allowing ourselves to receive energy from the Cosmos and from Earth is incredibly powerful and empowering. Many beautiful blessings …

Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland

www.bealtainecottage.comCosmic energy is all around us.

www.bealtainecottage.comThere are days when one feels it powerfully as the day progresses.

www.bealtainecottage.comIt is often referred to as life force.

March 2014This is the powerful  energy that maintains the balance of our Earth, the Universe and beyond, into the Cosmos.

www.bealtainecottage.comThat energy can be felt in extraordinary ways here at Bealtaine Cottage.

www.bealtainecottage.comMany visitors become overwhelmed by the force of the energy, often crying and needing to embrace.

www.bealtainecottage.comThose of you who have visited will have experienced this. 038For my part, I firmly believe in the manifestation of the Divine in all of Nature.

cropped-www-bealtainecottage-com-0362.jpgWhere Nature is abundant, the power of that Divine Energy is more strongly felt. 003Earth Energy is  a powerful spiritual energy force. 030This can be felt and received directly from Mother Earth and all life forms growing from the Earth. 021There appears to be a shift in that energy…a very powerful…

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