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The Celtic calendar was divided into 4 sections with each new section starting with a festival, it was a lunar calendar that was used to predict crop growth. Samhain (winter months), Imbolc (spring months), Bealtaine (Summer months) and Lughnasa (Autumn months). Samhain was the start of the year since the celts believed that life grows out of darkness. On the day of Samhain celts believed that the gates of the Otherworld were open and that people could most easily communicate with their ancestors but also a time where evil spirits could do the most damage, it's these evil spirits that the celts believed killed the growth of crops and berry bushes and brought the dark winter. The next festival was Imbolc, this festival was to mark the start of the growing season, where lambs and calves were born and first growth of berries. Brigid (the goddess that inspirited the story of the Saint) was an important part of this festival as she was strongly associated with fertility. Then came Bealtaine, the summer festival, here marked the start of summer and the warm weather. The celts use to light big bonfires and drive their cattle between them in celebration of the glowing sun. Then came Lughnasa, possibly the most important festival, this autumn festival was used to mark the start of harvest season. The day was marked with many festivals and fairs and also included the climbing of tall mountains to honour Lugh. Lugh, who the festival is named after was the harvest and solar god of the Tuatha Dé Danann. All of these festivals are still celebrated, but just in different names. Samhain became Halloween, Imbolc became Saint Brigid's day, Bealtaine into May Day and Lughnasa became Reek Sunday. Next time you see a Wiccan trying to make the Celtic calendar into 6 parts so they can have a cool and edgy looking pentagram on their calendar, show them this post! #ireland #irish #celtic #mythology #pagan #paganism #irishhistory #irishmythology #celticmythology #irishpaganism #hilloftara #dolmen #megalith #ironage #passagetomb #folk #folklore #folklife #tuathadedanann #samhain #bealtaine  #folkscenery #megalithic #newgrange #stonecircle #neolithic #traditionalism #lughnasadh #imbolc
The Celtic calendar was divided into 4 sections with each new section starting with a festival, it was a lunar calendar that was used to predict crop growth. Samhain (winter months), Imbolc (spring months), Bealtaine (Summer months) and Lughnasa (Autumn months). Samhain was the start of the year since the celts believed that life grows out of darkness. On the day of Samhain celts believed that the gates of the Otherworld were open and that people could most easily communicate with their ancestors but also a time where evil spirits could do the most damage, it's these evil spirits that the celts believed killed the growth of crops and berry bushes and brought the dark winter. The next festival was Imbolc, this festival was to mark the start of the growing season, where lambs and calves were born and first growth of berries. Brigid (the goddess that inspirited the story of the Saint) was an important part of this festival as she was strongly associated with fertility. Then came Bealtaine, the summer festival, here marked the start of summer and the warm weather. The celts use to light big bonfires and drive their cattle between them in celebration of the glowing sun. Then came Lughnasa, possibly the most important festival, this autumn festival was used to mark the start of harvest season. The day was marked with many festivals and fairs and also included the climbing of tall mountains to honour Lugh. Lugh, who the festival is named after was the harvest and solar god of the Tuatha Dé Danann. All of these festivals are still celebrated, but just in different names. Samhain became Halloween, Imbolc became Saint Brigid's day, Bealtaine into May Day and Lughnasa became Reek Sunday. Next time you see a Wiccan trying to make the Celtic calendar into 6 parts so they can have a cool and edgy looking pentagram on their calendar, show them this post! #ireland  #irish  #celtic  #mythology  #pagan  #paganism  #irishhistory  #irishmythology  #celticmythology  #irishpaganism  #hilloftara  #dolmen  #megalith  #ironage  #passagetomb  #folk  #folklore  #folklife  #tuathadedanann  #samhain  #bealtaine  #folkscenery  #megalithic  #newgrange  #stonecircle  #neolithic  #traditionalism  #lughnasadh  #imbolc 
A festival. #bealtaine @heytheregeorgiagirl
For a limited time only, avail of a massive €400 ($480) saving on the price of our next tour of Ireland this coming May. Offer expires on the 1st of December and places are limited. Don't miss a great chance to join us on a journey of discovery across the magical Emerald Isle.
These journeys truly are magic....11 full days of botanically~infused journeying through the wilds of Ireland, reconnecting with our ancient culture and customs and rekindling sacred relationship with the land 💚

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#wildroutesireland #bealtaine #blossoms #tour #tourireland #sacred #pilgrimage #sale #booknow #wildatlanticway #herbalism #ancienttrees #sacredstones #holywells #irishfolklore #irishculture #emeraldisle
For a limited time only, avail of a massive €400 ($480) saving on the price of our next tour of Ireland this coming May. Offer expires on the 1st of December and places are limited. Don't miss a great chance to join us on a journey of discovery across the magical Emerald Isle. These journeys truly are magic....11 full days of botanically~infused journeying through the wilds of Ireland, reconnecting with our ancient culture and customs and rekindling sacred relationship with the land 💚 www.wildroutesireland.com. #wildroutesireland  #bealtaine  #blossoms  #tour  #tourireland  #sacred  #pilgrimage  #sale  #booknow  #wildatlanticway  #herbalism  #ancienttrees  #sacredstones  #holywells  #irishfolklore  #irishculture  #emeraldisle 
Autumn is here!! 🌛🍂
Autumn is here!! 🌛🍂
Couldn't find an #ironthrone so had to settle for a wooden one #brigitsgarden #bealtaine #galway #celticgardens
A Hawthorn Blossom

by Albert Ernest Stafford Smythe
I REMEMBER well

I wished, and she also — my Mary, 
If the thorn above us were fairy,

That I were the king and she queen

Of the elves of the thorn on the green 
As the star fell.

And then I can tell

How I pulled two sprays of the flowers,

One was hers, one was mine: they were ours.

All the rest we left for the elves;

We only took those for ourselves

As the star fell.

Alas! it befell

The life of her spray and mine faded,

And the scent was lost that had laded

The air, and all died that was fair!

I grieve as I think when I dare

How my star fell.

Down into the dell

To the hawthorn I often wander;

On the grass I kneel, and I ponder;

Does she reign as an elf-queen bright

As she reigned in my heart that night

When the star fell?

Will the mist dispel?

May I look on the royal splendour

That her fairy subjects lend her?

Shall we wish together again 
Shall we wish together as then

When the star fell?

Or will fate compel

My lot to be always lonely,

Remembering happiness only?

Will but half of our wish come true 
If I wish again need I rue

That a star fell? 
#wildroutesireland #bealtaine #blossoms #fairythorn #sacredunion #hawthorn #celtictree
A Hawthorn Blossom by Albert Ernest Stafford Smythe I REMEMBER well I wished, and she also — my Mary, If the thorn above us were fairy, That I were the king and she queen Of the elves of the thorn on the green As the star fell. And then I can tell How I pulled two sprays of the flowers, One was hers, one was mine: they were ours. All the rest we left for the elves; We only took those for ourselves As the star fell. Alas! it befell The life of her spray and mine faded, And the scent was lost that had laded The air, and all died that was fair! I grieve as I think when I dare How my star fell. Down into the dell To the hawthorn I often wander; On the grass I kneel, and I ponder; Does she reign as an elf-queen bright As she reigned in my heart that night When the star fell? Will the mist dispel? May I look on the royal splendour That her fairy subjects lend her? Shall we wish together again Shall we wish together as then When the star fell? Or will fate compel My lot to be always lonely, Remembering happiness only? Will but half of our wish come true If I wish again need I rue That a star fell? #wildroutesireland  #bealtaine  #blossoms  #fairythorn  #sacredunion  #hawthorn  #celtictree 
“Icons are seen as windows through which the next world shines.” ~ Fr Anthony Keane, Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, Co. Limerick, Ireland ~ One of the places we'll visit on our #bealtaine #blossoms tour next May. We'll wander the abbey grounds and surrounding forests and glens with Tree expert Fr. Anthony Keane and have him introduce us to the amazing community of trees that live there. Fr Anthony speaks of the trees with such wisdom and heart it's truly enchanting to learn with him #wildroutesireland #treesofireland  #treewisdom #treeguardian.  www.wildroutesireland.com
“Icons are seen as windows through which the next world shines.” ~ Fr Anthony Keane, Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, Co. Limerick, Ireland ~ One of the places we'll visit on our #bealtaine  #blossoms  tour next May. We'll wander the abbey grounds and surrounding forests and glens with Tree expert Fr. Anthony Keane and have him introduce us to the amazing community of trees that live there. Fr Anthony speaks of the trees with such wisdom and heart it's truly enchanting to learn with him #wildroutesireland  #treesofireland  #treewisdom  #treeguardian . www.wildroutesireland.com
Found on the street in West Philly. Wonder which they miss more?

#streetart #westphilly #bestphilly #patch #patches #antler #bealtaine #luckyfind #lucky #badnightforsomepoorpunk  #newlogo #dollarz
We had an awesome day at the Hill of Uisneach today. It's exciting to follow in the footsteps taken by our ancestors and relive the old traditions and festivities, despite the bad weather! Ceyda was the only kid to go the distance! #uisneach #uisneachhill #bealtaine #ireland #history #irish #irishsummer2017 #familytime
You know you've the best people in your life when they throw you your own festival..!! No words can describe the love I felt from these amazing ladies..! My hen was over and above anything I could have ever imagined..! I don't know what to say..THANK YOU just isn't enough..! #speechless #carleile #bob #flav #maireadformichaelflatley #brushdance #bonfire #witches #bealtaine #teambride #riverdance #ballymahon #longford #silentdisco #corkladies #trayofshots #moreshots #bats #baileyscoffee #deadpigon #changinghelensnappy #sportsday #sumosuits #balloons #mrandmrs #justhertoes
You know you've the best people in your life when they throw you your own festival..!! No words can describe the love I felt from these amazing ladies..! My hen was over and above anything I could have ever imagined..! I don't know what to say..THANK YOU just isn't enough..! #speechless  #carleile  #bob  #flav  #maireadformichaelflatley  #brushdance  #bonfire  #witches  #bealtaine  #teambride  #riverdance  #ballymahon  #longford  #silentdisco  #corkladies  #trayofshots  #moreshots  #bats  #baileyscoffee  #deadpigon  #changinghelensnappy  #sportsday  #sumosuits  #balloons  #mrandmrs  #justhertoes 
Wooden statue of the Earth Godess Erlu in mythological and sacred centre of pagan Ireland.
This is the place, where the Bealtaine festival will be celebrated.
#hillofuisneach #ireland🍀 #art #godess #neolithic #medievale #bealtaine #pagan #sacred #mytravel
We are  pleased to offer a scholarship with airfare to our upcoming Bealtaine: Kindling the Flame of Devotion, A Tour of Southwest Ireland, April 28th – May 6th, 2018.

Applications are due by October 1, 2017. Visit the link below for the online scholarship application and guidelines. 
http://www.landseaskytravel.com/liminal-travel/bealtaine-kindling-the-flame-of-devotion/scholarship-application/

Contact: vyviane@landseaskytravel.com
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#bealtaine #beltane #scholarship #scholarships #paganpilgrimage #morrigan #witchesofinstagram #bsw2018 #liminaltravel #devotional #cocork #nexus5x #sacredireland #discoverireland #ireland🍀 #wildatlanticway #irishhospitality #irishhistoryandheritage #polytheism #irishpassion #tourismireland
We are pleased to offer a scholarship with airfare to our upcoming Bealtaine: Kindling the Flame of Devotion, A Tour of Southwest Ireland, April 28th – May 6th, 2018. Applications are due by October 1, 2017. Visit the link below for the online scholarship application and guidelines. http://www.landseaskytravel.com/liminal-travel/bealtaine-kindling-the-flame-of-devotion/scholarship-application/ Contact: vyviane@landseaskytravel.com . . . . . . #bealtaine  #beltane  #scholarship  #scholarships  #paganpilgrimage  #morrigan  #witchesofinstagram  #bsw2018  #liminaltravel  #devotional  #cocork  #nexus5x  #sacredireland  #discoverireland  #ireland 🍀 #wildatlanticway  #irishhospitality  #irishhistoryandheritage  #polytheism  #irishpassion  #tourismireland 
On Bealtaine (Celtic summer festival)  morning (May 1st) one tradition is to wash your face with the morning dew to wash away any mask that is hiding your true essence to allow your inner beauty to shine. As we enter the Summer Solstice, I am reflecting on this teaching that had a great impact on my life decisions in this season up to now. I really questioned what masks I was wearing and took them off in many ways. The summer solstice seems to be about celebrating the flowers that have bloomed from the seeds planted in seasons past so I'm looking forward to these celebrations and more unmasking #occupyingnativeland #TurtleIsland #Ireland #Bealtaine #SummerSolstice #CelticSeasons #SensitiveTcal
On Bealtaine (Celtic summer festival) morning (May 1st) one tradition is to wash your face with the morning dew to wash away any mask that is hiding your true essence to allow your inner beauty to shine. As we enter the Summer Solstice, I am reflecting on this teaching that had a great impact on my life decisions in this season up to now. I really questioned what masks I was wearing and took them off in many ways. The summer solstice seems to be about celebrating the flowers that have bloomed from the seeds planted in seasons past so I'm looking forward to these celebrations and more unmasking #occupyingnativeland  #TurtleIsland  #Ireland  #Bealtaine  #SummerSolstice  #CelticSeasons  #SensitiveTcal 
Bealtaine 2017 with Inner Circle Sanctuary http://www.innercirclesanctuary.com/updates-and-info/bealtaine-2017 #InnerCircleSanctuary #Wicca #Beltane #Bealtaine #MayEve #sabbat
A beautiful celebration back in May. #bealtaine at #Uisneach
This picture of me was taken by @sweetenedvoices77 at The Bealtaine fire ceremony at Uisneach. It was an honour to be there whilst history was being made. The President of Ireland Michael D Higgins lit the fire that night.  The first time in over 1,000 years since a head of state lit the Bealtaine Fire. The ancestors were present that night. Thank you for the capture Teresa 🙏#reginaoftheland #uisneach #bealtaine
This picture of me was taken by @sweetenedvoices77 at The Bealtaine fire ceremony at Uisneach. It was an honour to be there whilst history was being made. The President of Ireland Michael D Higgins lit the fire that night. The first time in over 1,000 years since a head of state lit the Bealtaine Fire. The ancestors were present that night. Thank you for the capture Teresa 🙏#reginaoftheland  #uisneach  #bealtaine 
Past Times Community Choir sooo enjoyed performing as part of #Bealtaine in the Riverbank Theatre today! Thanks to everyone involved. 📷 @carolanncourtney & @anadorado 
#musicandhealth #artsandhealth #singingforwellbeing #dementia #alzheimersawareness #community #choir
My first attempt at printing #art #Sligo #bealtaine
Here's our Pamela with Geraldine Plunkett. You may recognise her from our box office team. On Friday night she joined a cast of volunteers to perform in Creaking  by Noelle Brown. Was great fun and a definite #bealtainefest highlight!
Here's our Pamela with Geraldine Plunkett. You may recognise her from our box office team. On Friday night she joined a cast of volunteers to perform in Creaking by Noelle Brown. Was great fun and a definite #bealtainefest  highlight!
St Mary's #clonsilla when the sun was out last week 
#commute #photosofdublin #picturesofdublin #summer #may #bealtaine
Stroll with my number one... and Val 🐶
Stroll with my number one... and Val 🐶
Tráthnóna Dé hAoine thar an Dalke, agus teochtaí níos mó ná 25 chéim Celsius. Nuair a aimsíonn tú duine éigin, ní cheart duit scaoileadh leo. #gütersloh #dalke #sonne #bealtaine #kelvin
Tráthnóna Dé hAoine thar an Dalke, agus teochtaí níos mó ná 25 chéim Celsius. Nuair a aimsíonn tú duine éigin, ní cheart duit scaoileadh leo. #gütersloh  #dalke  #sonne  #bealtaine  #kelvin 
Craic in the green room at rehearsals for Creaking! Bring on the show tonight.
Craic in the green room at rehearsals for Creaking! Bring on the show tonight.
A mist rolls over #Dublin 
#summer #may #bealtaine #commute #liffey
Really looking forward to taking part in this.
It's been a pleasure to be part of #bealtaine #Sligo #faircity
A lovely treat to have a musical accompaniment for the Bealtaine group reading today in the centre! 🎼 #trad #tradmusic #bealtaine #reading #irishwriters #irishwriterscentre #writinggroup #bealtainefestival
And people complain about Irish weather... 😎☀ Spéaclaí gréine ag teastáil na laethanta seo! #unfiltered #throwback #bealtaine #may #bluesky #ireland #irishweather #aimsirbhreá #cillmhantáin #wicklowway
Bealtaine time 🌵👢 #vintage #cars #bealtaine #work #hoedown #country
Another great turn out for acrylic seascape painting in Tramore library yesterday! #bealtaine
Another great turn out for acrylic seascape painting in Tramore library yesterday! #bealtaine 
Weak for West Cork ♥️
Weak for West Cork ♥️
Bródúil a bheith ina measc 😊
#comhar #bealtaine #magazine #songwriting #piece #music #lyrics #methods #approach #mindset