Three framed original pen & ink drawings now available at Tuck Mill Gallery, Naas, Kildare.
Elementals At Dusk
Hand in hand, with fairy grace,
Will we sing, and bless this place.
~ A Midsummer Night’s Dream –
The moon is the guide,
Come this way to my house,
So says the host of a wayside inn
Matsuo Basho 1644-1694
The Celtic Fire Festival Bealtaine (also known as May Day) was celebrated in Ireland by the lighting of great bonfires. The main fire was lit on the hill of Uisneach, the centre point of Ireland. This festival represented a time of purification and transition, heralding in the season in the hope of a good harvest later in the year while also carrying out rituals to protect the people from any harm by otherworldly spirits.
In Irish mythology Bealtaine is said to be a time when the veil between this world and the Otherworld is at its thinnest. Both worlds intermingle and when they unite magic abounds. This is a night when witches, fairies and ghosts wander freely. The Fairies or the Sidhe move from their Winter homes to their Summer abodes, carefree, full of fairy mischief and fairy delight.
It is told that on the eve of Bealtaine the May Queen arises from her Winter’s sleep. The May Queen must marry the May King to ensure the close of Winter, sending the Queen of Winter away for the next 6 months. The presence of the May Queen ensures the abundance of the earth once more, which now starts to blossom and bloom with crops and flowers.