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Walking with the Áos Sídhe

Walking With The Áos Sídhe

The fire kindled on a cold, autumn’s evening. Young and old gathered around to keep both warm and in the company of loved ones. Electricity was a figment of the imagination, and travel was limited to foot, horseback, and boat. But, around the warmth of the hearth, tales of ancient lore took man, woman and child, on great adventures, where the teachings of the land spoke through the poetic words of the skilled storyteller.

In ancient Ireland, most had, what we consider now, to be the luxury of being educated by the mother, and by this I mean, Mother Earth. The land spoke as it was gently tread upon and honoured. The winds whispered the best kept secrets of those who now lived in the heavens. The sun shone down optimism, hope and encouraged planted seeds to bear provisions for the colder months ahead. The rain, gently cleansed the soil, and swept the land and folk, fair and clean during heavier falls.

Material objects were few and far between. But stories, wisdom hidden within mythology and folklore, were in plentiful supply. Economy and business did not need to be taught, for those who understood the land, the changing seasons and how to prosper within the variety that the earth offered, were not left wanting.

Literacy is a modern concept in terms of Irish history, and most of what we know from our ancestors and the ancient ways of our people, is interpreted from oral tradition, symbolism of stone structures, archeological remains and stone carvings. The journey of understanding why Ireland had one of the most advanced legal systems and social structures in ancient times, even by today’s standards, is a long one, but by all means, a valuable one.

Now, in the ever changing world, with battles ongoing between health and technology, politics and climate change, profit and peace, it has become increasingly valuable, to take time to reflect back upon ancient times, upon the social structure which allowed our people to prosper and live in a just world.

Now, as we reconsider our approach to the value we place on human life and community structures, both as individuals, local communities and on a global level, it is useful to reflect upon decisions taken by our ancestral leaders, understanding not just how they lead, but why they chose to lead in that way.

In order for one to understand where they are going, they must understand where they have come from.

Thankfully, in Ireland, due to our rich oral tradition, the respect and honouring of the Áos Sídhe, the people of the mounds, the keepers of the ancient wisdom and medicine, which was once held in the minds and hearts of the ancient druids and brehons, but is now kept within the remains of our ancient ceremonial sites, has resulted in the perseverance of the essence of our connection to the enlightened past of this land and it’s people.

Although there are ample amounts of literature which are now available, which offer an insight, to an extent, of our rich cultural past; in order to fully connect with the authenticity of our ancestral wisdom and teachings, we must walk the land – consciously walk the land in their presence.

Walking the ancient ceremonial sites, and sitting in the energies of those sites, allows us to deepen our connection and observe the symbolism they holds. It allows us to imagine the life and values once led and held within ancient communities.

Each time we connect to and visit these sites, we are gifted a seed, a seed of conscious understanding, which, depending on our willingness to grow, can expand and lead us to encounter further sites and knowledge, which helps us to begin to piece the puzzle of our past together, and build a healthy outlook for our own present-day lives.

When the student is ready, the teacher appears. Our land holds no greater or more honourable teachers, than the Áos Sídhe.

We have begun our journey to some of Ireland’s ancient ceremonial sites, to deepen our connection to the ancient teachings of this land, which is in a constant state of expansion. If you would like to join, you can find the upcoming locations and dates on our events page here.

“Deep peace of the running waves to you,

Deep peace of the flowing air to you,

Deep peace of the quiet earth to you,

Deep peace of the shining stars to you.

May the road rise to meet you;

May the wind be always at your back;

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

May the rain fall softly on your fields.

Until we meet again,

May Nature hold you in the hollow of her hand.”

 

Irish Druidic Blessing

Walking with the Áos Sídhe

The fire kindled on a cold, autumn’s evening. Young and old gathered around to keep both warm and in the company of loved ones. Electricity was a figment of the imagination…around the warmth of the hearth, tales of ancient lore took man, woman and child, on great adventures, where the teachings of the land spoke through the poetic words of the skilled storyteller.

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Creating Peace and Harmony in a Dystopian World

Some of us have been granted a beautiful gift, which we can use to help others. That is the gift of our voice, our presence and our freedom to stand for what we believe to be right. A gift to bring change and co-create a world of harmony and peace. A world that spreads love, not hate; joy, not anger. In this present climate, we are reminded to use our gifts.

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The Dawning Of A New Era

The Dawning Of A New Era

Whispers travelled through the winds, from distant lands, forewarning a great upheaval and coming of a malevolent spirit. A spirit which would spread its energy invisibly among the unaware, bring those infected into a state of illness, and those who can do nothing but look onwards, helplessly, into a state of fear...

A spirit, which rose from a bed of unconscious human actions, and grew with a sense of irresponsibility, among those who preferred comfort to survival. A spirit whose energy could not spread alone, which depended on the low vibrational transference from one being to another. A spirit, which, although brings death, destruction and demise on the surface, has not come to bring suffering, but to bring an end to the old way, and initiate us into the new.


For this spirit, cannot be destroyed with hate, only with love. Love for one another. This war we are fighting cannot be won by dividing and conquering, but by uniting and rising together as one global community. This pandemic cannot be eradicated by industry, force or selfish greed, but by protecting life itself, community and the essence of our very existence on earth.

We are witnessing a time when humanity is waking up to the realization that we are to be led, not by materialism, economy or greed, but by healing, compassion and community. We are not led by politicians, bankers and stockholders, but by healers, doctors, nurses and those who dedicate their lives to protecting the sacredness of life.

We are waking up to the stark reality that everything non-essential must be put on hold. For most people, this brings the harsh realization that their lives have been spent focusing on all that is “non-essential”, leaving little space for what’s important.


If we were all truly living, truly alive and living authentically in harmony with what being human really is, this pandemic would not be bringing about a great change of focus. But instead, it has brought the world to it’s knees. It has brought despair for those who face a year without upgrading their car, a cruise holiday, or an extension on their home.

But it has brought hope to those who dream of a better place for future generations to live. It brings an encouraging nudge towards community, family and living a more simple and self-sufficient life. It brings hope to those who have strove to preserve the beauty of nature and natural wonders of the world, that now people are awakening to the realization that our earth is our true, one provider, and must be protected, as such, at all costs.


We are experiencing a crucial moment in the history of humanity. A repeat of the mythological war between Atlantis and Lemuria, a strive to find balance in a world of rapid technological and engineering advancements. A fight between modern conveniences and survival of human life as we know it. We know from the fall of Atlantis, that ultimately, natural forces are stronger than technological advancement. We know that greedy civilizations may fall, but the earth will recover and grow stronger. We know that we are not greater than life itself.


With all this information, knowledge and awareness which exists within us on varying levels of consciousness, let us take this time to contemplate our future. Not as individuals, but as collective beings, striving towards a better world to live in.

A world for those of us who will live to see the break of dawn, after this moment of darkness has passed, in homage to those we have lost in the process. And for those who will sit around the fire, in years to come, telling tales of their ancestors, and how they faced their own mortality on a global level, and how they used this moment to preserve human communal existence and rebuild a better world, for future generations to come.

Sacred Connections with Power Animals: The Serpent

Throughout the realms of modern medicine, ancient philosophy and traditions and mythology, the serpent has held a significant presence and role. 

In today’s world, as we wander down shop streets, we see the symbol of the entwined serpent, which originates with the Greek mythological “Rod of Asclepius”, Asclepius being the God associated with healing and medicine. In his honour snakes would be used in healing rituals and be allowed to roam free among the ill in their sick beds. 

The serpent has been long associated with healing and renewal. As the serpent sheds it’s skin, it sheds what no longer serves it. It heals and releases what it needs to in order to maintain vitality and health. 

It has been considered a sacred and powerful animal for thousands of years in the shamanic traditions. It is often called upon to hold sacred space in the south direction, the direction associated with the earth in some traditions. 

As with all of the teachings that have been handed down to us from our ancestors, we must connect with them and interpret them in a way which is applicable to our everyday modern lives. What can we take from the essence of the serpents teachings which we can apply to our daily routines. 

  1. Shedding the Past:

Many of us wrap our past and pain around us like warm blankets on a cold winter’s day. Although we yearn for the freedom that comes with walking freely without carrying that extra weight, we fear the emptiness that comes with allowing that cover of past remnants to fall to the floor. By connecting to the energy and teachings of the serpent, we can slowly work on “shedding our skin” I.e. letting go of the heaviness that surrounds our past and letting go of what doesn’t serve us in this present moment. The serpent has been a symbol of renewal, and eternal life, due to it’s ability to shed it’s skin and emerge as one again. It teaches us that there is life after letting go of the past, and by doing so we are gifting ourselves with a fresh lease of life. 

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2. Flexibility

The serpent is far from rigid. It twists and turns, coils around its nest and trees. We can learn a lot by simply observing the behaviour of the serpent. When we have goals or projects that we would like to achieve, we can learn to be flexible, keeping focused on reaching the final goal, rather than being rigid and restricting ourselves to a single path to getting there. 

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3. Caution and Awareness

The serpent moves slowly, cautiously, being acutely aware of its surroundings. Connecting with the serpent energy teaches us to be aware of our current surroundings. We are reminded to take things easy and approach our current situation with caution. We are taught to take a moment to reflect on the accuracy of the situation, the truth of what is really going on, to reassess our direction and path. 

The serpent is often associated with the root chakra, our connection to the earth and our connection to our sensual self. It is also associated with fertility. In the path of personal healing, we can connect to the essence of the serpent as an archetype, to heal our root chakra and begin our awakening and our reconnection to self. When we heal, we heal from the root upwards, and often carry heavier energy and blocks, sometimes lingering from our childhood in the lower chakras. Try meditating and connecting energetically with the serpent to begin to heal the root causes of disharmony in your life. 

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