Imbolc / St Brigid festivities on Feb 1st & 2nd celebrate the coming of Spring as a time of purification and cleansing (Spring cleaning) centred on the fire, the hearth..
In Celtic tradition the ty teallach or ‘hearth’ was the heart of the home, and fire was often literally placed centrally in ancient dwelling places, such as Bronze and Iron Age roundhouses…It was the centre of activity, where everyone gathered to eat and cook, to sit and warm themselves, and listen to the stories of the bards. The Latin word for it was focus, since it is the focus of the home. Anne Franklin
I like this connection between hearth & focus – reminding me of our firesides, the basic energy of such a simple ritual where we share food, stories, poetry and music. Yesterday I saw a campers review of Treloan on Cool Camping ” … our highlight was the weekly bonfire story telling and music session.”
As we begin a new season of growth, in the garden and with new projects at Treloan my focus / hearth needs to be kept alight so as to emerge renewed from this lengthy incubation of PhD research…this ‘holding’ (David Peat – ‘holding’ as intention).
SMALADH AN TEINE
O! an oidhche,
Agus gach oidhche,
Gach aon oidhche.
SMOORING THE FIRE
Oh! this eve,
And every night,
Each single night.