Tuning In

 
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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 …Oh Pine Cones… Lets talk a little about Pine Cones, my plant ally.

Pine cones came to me in a profound way during this cycle. It was during this time that I was studying Intuitive Plant Medicine, so I found myself to be very open, even more so than usual to the plants around me - Pine cones will get their very own journal post soon, as I sense our journey is only beginning…

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 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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Insights

“The global economy today is overwhelming the ability of the earth to maintain life’s abundance.
We are getting something terribly wrong.
At this critical time in history, we need to reorient ourselves in how we relate to each other and to the earth’s wonders.

We need a new mass movement that bears witness to a right way of living on our finite, life-giving planet.”

mariesophielockhart

The Archetype of the Witch

“A Common Craft is a series of podcasts about the archetype of the Witch, Witchcraft and magic and how these subjects may affect our daily lives- sometimes without us even noticing. Through interviews and storytelling, each episode will present a journey of occult ideas, feminism, healthcare, gender and popular culture. As Witchcraft becomes increasingly popular, I ask what we can learn from it's unorthodoxy and how it might make the future more magical for us all”.

https://acommoncraft.com

 

Episode 1: Healing

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Gratitude

Cultivate a habit of giving thanks. Gratitude is good for us. By giving thanks we focus on what is good, it deepens our values and connects us to one another.

“Generosity does not require material abundance. When I think back on the many people who have been so generous toward me, I never think of money or “things.” Instead, I think of the way they gave me their presence, their confidence, their affirmation, support, and blessing — all gifts of “self” that any of us can give.

And where does generosity come from? Perhaps from another life-giving virtue, the one called gratitude. When I take the time to breathe in my life and breathe out my gratitude for the gifts I’ve been given, only one question arises: “How can I keep these gifts alive?”

I know only one answer: “Become a giver yourself, pass your gifts along, and do it extravagantly!”

Parker J. Palmer