Autumn 2014



It has been some time since I posted a blog, partly because it did not seem like a time for me to share anything and so I was honouring that process. In Ireland we are relishing the unexpected gift and blessing of a long warm and balmy summer which allowed us to wear our summer dresses, trousers and sandals right up till Equinox time. In the northern hemisphere, we have just passed the Autumn Equinox and as we turn our heads towards Samhain where we cross over not only into the winter season but to Celtic New Year we will be sustained by the extra boost of summer sunshine and warmth.

Here is a link for a beautiful U tube piece on Autumn Equinox/Mabon which you might enjoy…
PaGaian Mabon 2009

Autumn Equinox, where day and night are of equal length, is a time for us to appraise all that has been harvested throughout the year. It is a time of gratitude and celebration for the bounty of the of the earth. It is also an important time for us to gather and harvest our personal lives, as we celebrate the gifts, qualities and projects that we have worked with and brought to harvest during the past year! At this time what we need to release from our lives so that we can live with more fluidity becomes clear. This summer, I spent a lot of time clearing the weeds in my garden to create a more fertile habitat for the plants I wanted to nurture and grow… This garden activity found a mirroring within my home, as I de- cluttered my home of things that no longer served me and had become like weeds, diminishing the fertile space in which my life would flourish . I found this challenging as there were more interesting things I want to do and also because it can be difficult for any of us to let of what no longer serves us. For about a year very time I used my in effective printer that caused me so much frustration I complained about it as if that would change anything then a few weeks ago I bought a new one that works!! What freedom! So what are you holding on to that no longer serve you and continuously frustrated you like the weeds in your garden? Maybe you will consider letting some of them go.

I am also changing how I use the space in my home so that it better suits the balance of activities that take place in my home. Again when I made the decision it seemed so obvious but until I did I could not see how the changes would work! It is my intention to have all of these piece in position by the festival of Samhain and the beginning of the Celtic New Year I look forward to these changes reflecting more ease and flow in my life! What changes might you need to create in your home and in your life? Now is the time.

For me the highpoint of Summer 2014 was the 2nd Brigid’s Way Pilgrimage which took place from June 28th till July 6th. We pilgrims from Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia, UK and Poland walked along ancient pathways from Faughart near Dundalk Co. Louth( Brigid’s birth place) to Kildare town where she created her famous monastery in 5th C. We walked along an ancient alignment of sacred places including Tara and Slane.

It was a wonderful experience as were joined by pilgrims who walked with us for 1 or 2 days or people who joined us for ceremonies at Faughart shrine , the hill of Tara and the Curragh of Kildare. Walking in pilgrimage with the movement of our feet being reflected in an inner movement down deep within us brought us pilgrims into a deeper and kinder relationship with ourselves and with our mother the living earth. We were all changed by this experience.
I wish each of you the blessings of this time of mellow fruitfulness as the leaves turn golden and the year draws to an end. Between now and Samhain (Nov 1st) it might be useful for us to reflect on “ What is it that is now complete in my life?” and our prayer might be “As this cycle draws to a close may I have the courage and discernment to gather what I need from the harvest and release what is no longer useful to me.”

Le Gra agus Beannachtai
Dolores Whelan

" Do not ask what the world needs rather ask what makes you come alive then go and do it because what the world needs is people who have come alive" Howard Thurman