This year, Samhain feels different for me. I am embracing an even deeper connection with the Ancestors, especially as so many close to me have transitioned to that place in the last year. I am feeling a call for a deeper and longer reflective period, and a greater need for renewal and new beginnings. I… Continue reading Samhain, a new immram for a new year
I often turn to John O'Donoghue's beautiful book Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom for inspiration. Just as I do with Embers: One Ojibway's Meditations by Richard Wagamese, I often practise a little bibliomancy. . . I just open the book at a random page for wisdom. For more info about bibliomancy, click here. This passage… Continue reading The need for an Anam Cara, a Soul friend
At this time of Samhain, An Cailleach — the Crone of Winter — reminds me to curb my innate tendency to fill my days with “stuff”, and to acknowledge that there is value and wisdom — and a true need — to embrace the soft gentle time of Winter rest... to accept that it is also productive time when we reflect, release, rest, reset, rebirth and, in the words of John O'Donohue, as we entrain with “kindness of rhythm in your journey”. It’s part of our natural cycle in the Wheel of the Year.
PART 1: The Energies of the Full Moon in Aquarius For me, August is a "cauldron" month. We are in the South / Summer of the Medicine Wheel, where the Fire element is still dominant... where things are bubbling and transforming. But with the arrival of Lughnasadh, the first of the three Celtic harvest festivals,… Continue reading Full Moon in Aquarius, Part 1: Energies and Alchemy
I often write about connecting with our beauty and to the beauty of Nature around us, of which we are a part. The beauty of Nature can take many forms... the voice of a loved one, the cherry blossoms emerging in spring, a shimmering and fragile spider web, a lush forest, the vibrancy of fall… Continue reading The landscape of Inner Beauty