In this blog, I share stories about rural Irish women from history who were powerful healers, keeners, wise women, and midwives, despite the oppression they faced. It seems that being a “witch” has always been a rebellious act against hierarchical power and systems of oppression—how can we do the same?
As we approach the Winter Solstice, I wanted to share some wisdom about Sí an Bhrú (Newgrange) in Ireland, an incredible 5,200 year old sacred monument that aligns with the solstice sunrise. Womb-like in nature, this burial mound is steeped in archeological, astronomical, and mythological wisdom that provides a window into the ancient past.
Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year, known as Grianstad an tSamhraidh in Irish. Here are some of the traditions of St. John's Eve/Midsummer to inspire your sacred connection with this ancient festival.
Learn what "Celtic" really means, why using it as a catch-all term is problematic, and how to come into right-relationship with these traditions.
Bealtaine (also known as Beltane or May Day) is the Irish festival of early summer; a time of ritual, magic, fertility, purification & sexual expression. In this blog post I talk about some of the ancestral traditions of Bealtaine as an invitation for you to celebrate this sacred day.
Searching for clues about the origins & ritual use of the Irish Bodhrán, and my personal reflections on drumming.