Aít and the New Moon

 
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New Moon in OUR PLACE

This coming Friday there is a New Moon, It seems to be a strong one and has been calling to me since early this week, I feel so ready for this shift in energy.

On this Virgo moon let’s:

  • Look up and remember what a vast and strange and beautiful world we live in.

  • Acknowledge our strength and how we can all work together, as our land does for us.

  • To remember that place is our identity, this world where we live and planet that we stand on is what connects us to our ancestors…

Who are our ancestors?

  • They are the trees, stones, earth, air, streams, plants, seas, stars…

IT doesn’t belong to anyone it just IS, as it always has been. It is what weaves and binds us all together. This place is our pharmacy, our school, our playground, our haven, our library and more.

It cradles and supports us.

Let us, on this new moon, look up and REMEMBER and be RESPONSIBLE in and for

OUR PLACE.

Tuning In

 
photo credit -  alison scarpulla

photo credit - alison scarpulla

 

“Only a few generations ago in Ireland every field had its own name and history. There was also an ancient sense of the invisible world. The air is not empty.

Spirits, ghosts and fairies were one’s hidden neighbours. Now the fields as well as the imagination are growing ever more empty and poor.

If this era survives itself and does not either blow up the earth or poison it totally, I feel sure that there will be a massive return to the belief in the invisible world.

In the future there will be the ability to tune in to the spirit of a particular area…”

John O’Donoghue from ‘The Four Elements - Reflections On Nature’

Nature Journal

Bealtaine - Summer Solstice

 
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Moons

  • New Moon in Taurus 4th May

  • Full Moon in Scorpio, 18th May.

  • New Moon in Gemini, June 3rd.

  • Full Moon in Sagittarius, June 17th.

Plants

The most prolific plant of this cycle has to be the Hawthorn Sceach gheal; Crataegus spp.Rosaceae and her flowers

The Hawthorn is a very common plant in the west of Ireland, a small thorny tree in the Rose family.

In Irish culture the Hawthorn is a noble tree, also known as the ‘Fairy Tree’, a sacred tree associated with the ‘otherworld’. They are often seen beside ‘holy’ wells and sacred places.

There are many hundreds of species in the Hawthorn genus. Most botanists are not so concerned with specific species however, due to there being so many! All species are edible and medicinal which probably precludes the necessity for individual concern.

The Hawthorn has been used by many cultures, both east and west for hundreds of years for it’s medicinal qualities:

“There is ample literature on hawthorn’s use as a cardiotonic, with its wide variety of flavonoids present in the fruit, flowers and leaves. The flowers and berries are also used for more energetic heart maladies, including grief and loss.” (Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine)

The flowers of the Hawthorn are prolific and in full bloom during this time between Bealtaine and the summer solstice, they beam with beautiful pink and white blossoms scattered over every townland. There were so many reddish pink flowers this year to be seen on the landscape.

The flowers are alluring offering a glimpse of hope, security and brightness. There is something very solid about these fragile looking beautiful blossoms.

At the turn of Bealtaine the flowers were bursting into life, as we approached the solstice and by the last full moon of this cycle they had all but gone.

Other plants around Baile Mheiriceá that made themselves known to me between Bealtaine and the Summer Solstice were:

  • Calendula

  • Lemon Balm

  • Elderflowers

  • Red Clover (beginning to appear)

  • Foxgloves (appeared around the first full moon)

  • Meadowsweet (just beginning to bloom on the last full moon)

  • Pine Cones

Light/Weather

There is something about the light in May that never fails to stop me in my tracks, especially that beautiful unique, low golden romantic evening glow - It is full of possibility.

The first week after Bealtaine there descended an eerie daytime silhouette light as the weather turned cooler and unsettled, this lasted for most of the time until the solstice.

Sounds

  • Birdsong / the Dawn Chorus

  • Bees

Scents

  • Soil

  • Elderflower

Insights

Retreat, grow and blossom. I found this to be a great time for observation, there is so much to see and so much energy to harness during this cycle, nature is well and truly ALIVE all around us.

It is a wonderful time for deep learning and to develop an understanding and connection to the natural world and plant realm.

The ground was buzzing with an energetic fizz of growth and development. Towards the end of the space between bealtaine and solstice as the last full moon appeared, there was a sense of levelling, a strong feeling of being even, grounded, content and GRATEFUL.

Medicine

  • Hawthorn Blossom Tincture

  • Pine Cone Flower Essence

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Aít - Gather/Land Connection

This place is not just our domicile, but a piece of ground that is well suited to producing food. It would feel wrong to occupy that kind of land and let it lie fallow. The ethical choice is to manage it for food production in a way that maintains productivity, improves the health of its soils and watershed, and sequesters more carbon than it burns.
— Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Vegetable Miracle