Blessings of Beltane or as we say in Ireland Lá Bealtaine to you and yours! We hope you're having a wonderful May and by Litha or Summer Solstice the Corona restrictions will be lifted and we're hoping we can start to live our lives again and enjoy the summer season in its full bloom. We've included some wonderful new meditations for you and we hope to bring you more meditations from the other Celtic regions or the Celtic Fringe as its known today.
Stonehenge is a unique prehistoric monument which continues to have a role as a sacred place of special religious and cultural significance for many, and inspires a strong sense of awe and humility for thousands of visitors who are drawn to the site every year.
Holy wells and springs are depicted as originating in the Otherworld, a parallel dimension whose inhabitants have the power to control the natural forces of this world. It was believed that drinking from these holy waters or bathing in them would bestow the power of the Otherworld in the form of poetic inspiration, wisdom, or healing.
Cernnunos, a nature and fertility god, has appeared in a multitude of forms and made himself known by many names to nearly every culture throughout time. He is perhaps best known to us now in his Celtic aspects of the untamed Horned God of the Animals and the leaf-covered Green Man, Guardian of the Green World.
Bealtaine Blessings: May Day is upon us! According to Irish mythology, this was a very important time indeed for our ancient ancestors. It marked the first day of summer and was known as Bealtaine or Beltane, when bonfires were lit to welcome the arrival of summer. Legend has it that the festival of Bealtaine was particularly associated with the Hill of Uisneach, "Cnoc Uisneach" in Irish, in Co. Westmeath, and like most ancient Irish festivals, it too was celebrated with fire. In Ireland, depending on what day the holiday falls, the feast is marked by a public holiday.
In towns around the country, May Fair days are held where farmers and traders all gather in towns to sell their wares. Although the festival of Bealtaine faded following the arrival of Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century, its legacy remained irresistibly strong at Uisneach. Finally, the custom was revived in 2009 with the Festival of the Fires, an event which has proved enormously popular. While the 2021 Fire Festival was been cancelled due to the Corona Virus, we hope to see its return in 2022. If you are planning on visiting Ireland make sure to add the Uisneach Bealtaine Fire Festival to your bucket list as it’s one of the most magical and enchanting nights you will ever experience.
✤Sunset 30th April to sunset 2nd May ✤Cross quarter day ✤A time of passion and abundance ✤Continue to cultivate your dreams ✤Spend time outdoors soaking up the energies ✤Commune with the Sidhe (Fairy) realm ✤Enjoy your freedom, play, embody Pan’s energy
Bealtaine Meditation: Beltane/Bealtaine represents the beginning of Summer: It is a Fire Festival and bonfires would be lit to honour the Sun and its returning light. This simple practice with sounds of nature is joyful and calming; a chance in our mind's eye to witness the earth and the natural world bursting into life and light! Download Celtic Whispers and enjoy our Bealtaine Meditation today.
Bealtaine Inspiration: Bring the blessings of Spring and early Summer into your home by creating a collection of seasonal objects: Spring flowers, seashells, crystals and other beautiful natural things, in honour of the god and goddess of the green world. Suitable colours are green to honour nature and the fairies, or red and white, to represent respectively the feminine and the masculine. Two candles of red and white, for example, can be lit in a prominent position to honour the sacred union of the god and goddess at this time.
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Team Profile: Jason Stephenson.
For over 15 years, Jason has studied the positive effects of guided meditation and relaxation music. His YouTube Meditation Sleep Music Channel has grown to over 1 million subscribers, with over 250 million views.The importance of guided meditation came to him in his 30's, when he experienced troubled times in his life. I relied on meditation and affirmations at this time to get me through some of the darkest days of my life," admits Jason.
Recommended App: Goodnotes 5: Save on paper by transforming your phone into smart digital paper. Take handwritten notes in digital notebooks, on imported PDF, PowerPoint, Word documents, or on images and photos.
Recommended Book: In The Mist-Filled Path, Frank MacEowen, a preeminent teacher of Celtic spirituality, shows how embracing the indigenous wisdom of Scotland and Ireland can lead to healing and transcendence. Using his own travels and teachings along with Celtic stories and myths, he explores ancient traditions, eco-psychology, the ancient mother, altars and hearths, Oran Mor (the Great Song), contemplation, and mysticism. The book tells how to draw on ancestral roots to find a personal spirituality that also works for the greater good.
Recommended Movie: The Hottest August: This award winning movie shows a complex portrait of a city and its inhabitants, and gives us a window into the collective consciousness of the present. The film’s point of departure is one city over one month: New York City, including its outer boroughs, during August 2017. It’s a month heavy with the tension of a new President, growing anxiety over everything from rising rents to marching white nationalists, and unrelenting news of either wildfires or hurricanes on every coast. The film pivots on the question of futurity: what does the future look like from where we are standing?
Celtic Living for the 21st Century: The golden rule for your domestic recycling is that everything should be clean, and dry. It can help to think in terms of three categories: rigid plastics, tins and cans, and paper and cardboard. Rigid plastics include plastic drink bottles, milk cartons and cosmetic containers. Tins and cans that contained foodstuffs/drinks also need to be cleaned and dried. Paper and cardboard, includes things such as newspapers, toilet and kitchen roll inserts as well as cardboard tetra pak drink containers. Glass shouldn't be put in a recycling bin but brought to bottle banks, although plastic and metal lids of bottles can go in. Disposable coffee cups, plastic bags, pizza boxes, refuse sacks, soft plastics and paper towels/napkins should go in your normal waste.
If you like the artwork and style of Celtic Whisper’s we also offer our designs on physical products as well. We invite you to visit our shop and see if any of our Celtic Designs would look good on a t-shirt, mug or sticker.
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