Blessings of Bealtane or as we say in Ireland Lá Bealtaine to you and yours! It’s been a long road for many of us with the Corona Virus Pandemic and our thoughts go out especially to those who have lost loved ones during this time. We’ve been working hard to bring you an updated Celtic Whispers with lots of new content to help you stay calm and centered throughout the crisis.
Mystic: Our collection of Mystical Meditations will take you into the Celtic Dreamtime, a world-between-the-worlds where you can explore the inner landscape of Celtic and pre-Celtic wisdom. From Newgrange to Sceilig Michael you will meet the Shining Ones who live there, and from whom you may receive guidance and support for the journey of your soul.
Spirit: Discover the Magical world of the Celtic Angels, Angels that once worked with the great Celtic Saints and Druids. Now they are ready to work with you. Together you will find your Anamcara and uncover a new beautiful and rewarding life. For the Celts, Spirituality was fluid, alive, and ever present. Today anyone, anywhere can stand in nature and feel the power of the land; understand the magic of a sacred well or spring and be certain of the presence of Spirit.
Brigid: In Irish mythology Brigid was the Celtic goddess of fire, poetry, unity, childbirth and healing. She was the daughter of Dagda a High King of the Tuatha Dé Danann. Sacred wells were always places of pilgrimage to the Celts. They would dip a clootie (piece of rag) in the well and wash their wound with it. Then they would tie the clootie to a tree, generally a Whitethorn or Ash tree, as an offering to the spirit of the well.
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 2020 Fire Festival was been cancelled due to the Corona Virus, we hope to see its return in 2021. 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.
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.
Plant a Butterfly Garden: Creating a butterfly garden is an exciting and rewarding endeavour. It’s easy to invite butterflies into your area by gardening with their needs in mind. These beautiful insects will add bright colours and entertaining antics to your garden display.
A Message from the Green Man: Consider Needs over Wants. The next time you’re about to click buy on Amazon or in a shop ask yourself is it just an impulse purchase or something of real value to your life? How many of us own too much stuff that we don’t actually need or value?
Seek by iNaturalist. Caring for the Earth begins with connecting with the Earth, and that’s something you can do even when you aren’t able to wander into the wild. So, the next time you’re out for a walk, or just hanging out in your backyard, take Seek by iNaturalist with you. Using your device’s camera, the app identifies all manner of trees.
Recommended Book: Ever Ancient Ever New by Dolores Whelan. The Celtic spiritual and wisdom tradition is, paradoxically, very ancient and very new. It is a way of perceiving reality and a way of being in the world. The wisdom of this tradition is re-emerging, at this time, from centuries of marginalization. Much of the wisdom held within this tradition has similarities with that found in other primal cultures. The wisdom of the Celtic tradition will speak in a particular way to those having roots or links, however tentative, with the Celtic soul or consciousness.
The Reluctant Radical. In this documentary we follow activist Ken Ward as he confronts his fears and puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry to combat climate change. Ken even breaks the law as a last resort, to fulfil what he sees as his personal obligation to future generations and to our home the Earth.
Team Profile: Mara Freeman, M.A., is an internationally recognised British author and teacher of Celtic wisdom and the Western Mystery Tradition, which she has taught for over thirty years. She is an initiate of the Western Mysteries and has also been very active in modern druid organisations. Her first book, Kindling the Celtic Spirit, (Harper SanFrancisco, 2001) has been hailed as the best modern introduction to Celtic spirituality and sacred traditions. Her most recent book, Grail Alchemy: Initiation in the Celtic.
Celtic Living for the 21st Century: The best way to reduce your reliance on processed food, and to minimise the impact that your food choices are having on the environment, is to learn to cook. Anyone who can learn to read can learn to cook simple, tasty, nutritious meals. Take a cookery class or search for recipes online. We recommend Neven McGuire’s “Home Economics for Life: The 50 recipes you need to learn”, one of the best primers that there is.
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.
Whatever the season of Bealtaine holds; be Calm and Mindful of your duty as a Celt to protect your family and your tribe, to honour the Elders and our home the Earth. We hope as modern Celts to play our part in fulfilling the Prophecy of the Rainbow, for to be a Celt is to be a Warrior of the Rainbow.
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