Saturday, 11 February 2017

Tuam as metaphor

Interesting that February is month of the fae (nature spirits, the good people, sidhe/shee,  elementals) whatever you wish to describe as earth magick. 

It is especially interesting that right at this time, when we're naturally tuning in to the optimistic signs of Spring and seeing, once more, the miracles of life budding all around us, that we are also experiencing some major astrological shifts. Yesterday (Feb10th) was the first of two eclipses that are to occur during this month!!! The next is a solar eclipse on Feb.26th. That's some very powerful energy coming at us when you consider that the effects of an eclipse last for over six months.



Yesterday was a lunar eclipse which is really about releasing, resolving and letting go of ALL that shit! But in order to do so, we have to be prepared to delve deep and bring to the surface those ugly buried truths which have been causing so much discomfort, really seeing them for what they are, then LETTING THEM GO! Follow your own guidance how best to do this but this is also a really great time to see a counsellor or healer. 


The timing of this is also very powerful in terms of what's happening in Tuam (a second excavation is occurring right now-during a lunar eclipse). Tuam as I've mentioned many times on this blog before, comes from the word Tumulus (burial mound) and therefore represents all burial mounds and hidden truths. A second excavation means that something of significance was found at the first and the 'diggers' have now returned to 
delve deeper and bring to the surface that which has been buried for so long. What that will reveal (there'll be many revelations over the next few months) will be hugely significant in terms of how this whole inquiry is finally delivered but in the context of other revelations (the serious injustices  racked up against ex-garda Maurice McCabe for example) anything can happen or be revealed and that includes other dimensions. People will start to see things as they really are. The veils are finally dropping. 

The next eclipse will occur at the end of the month, that's a two week time frame. We don't know how long the dig in Tuam will go on for but it's hugely significant that all of this happening at once. The fae and the babies (those who died prematurely or were buried in secrecy at the margins or boundaries) inhabit the same place as each other, unbaptised babies especially were often buried near walls or in faery mounds and so the two whilst being very separate frequencies are fairly intertwined. Both were cast out over the last century and remained hidden but both are anarchistic by nature and are beginning to demand attention (more on this tomorrow.) As stated, we're moving into a powerful new phase and if we take the symbolism of Tuam and delve into our own hidden depths and are prepared to transmute our own stuff, then we can really step into the power of what the solar eclipse has to offer later this month.

Connecting to nature and the fae will help immensely with the process.#tuamspiritbabies #tuambabies #februarymonthofthefae

*Sidhe - are earthen mounds which in Irish folklore are believed to be the home of the Aos Sí (The people of the mounds) The sidhe are considered to be a distinct race, quite separate from humans. Feadh -ree a modification of the word peri.

Ban Shee - a woman of the faery mound is a female spirit who heralds the death of a loved one by shrieking or keening. The Ban shee like the babies and the rest of the fae were demonised and cast out.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Igniting Creativity workshop - Sat.25th February


Why make an application to the Commission of Investigation?

The team are back at the burial site in Tuam, the excavation has resumed. This move has gone largely under the radar. I don't see any reports in the media except a tweet by Kevin Higgins on Feb.1st. If the work has begun again there's more to be discovered.

It's hugely important then that people who have had experiences regarding the Mother and Baby Homes come forward with their accounts. Firstly, it validates the Inquiry. Secondly, some accounts might just qualify another persons evidence (when more than one person delivers similar information  it strengthens the story. It makes it more believable.) Giving an account for the first time might be a horrific experience for the teller but living with it untold, is worse. Pretending it didn't happen doesn't make it go away, it only increases mental and physical anguish. Buried secrets have a way of coming to the surface regardless. 
Thirdly, it affords people the opportunity to reclaim their own sense of power and self worth. By talking about the things that have happened to us, we take control of our lives. In doing so it's important to let go of any expectation - the experience of sharing the story may be enough. That's the trick to self-healing. You will be heard in the correct context. As mentioned in an earlier post, please seek counselling and support during this process.

Other recent and significant tweets about the Tuam Mother and Baby Home by Kevin Higgins.
In our High Crt action today Mr Justice Richard Humhpreys asked Tusla 2 consider Catherine Corless as person to examine records

In the High Court today we convinced Mr Justice Humphreys to direct Tusla to finally write to the Bon Secours re burial records
Confidential Freephone 1800 80-66-88 (ROI only)
To make a confidential call to the Commission from outside of the Republic of Ireland, the number to dial is 00 353 1 6445088.
The opening hours for the Confidential phone line are as follows:
Monday to Friday (excluding Irish Bank Holidays)
10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm.
By email at: info@mbhcoi.ie 
By Post: Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation
73 Lower Baggot St, Dublin 2, D02 N773.
or
P.O. Box 12626, Dublin 2
The identity of any person who meets with the Confidential Committee will not be revealed. Please note that the closing date for applications to meet the Confidential Committee is Wednesday, 1 March 2017.#tuamspiritbabies #tuambabies

The moon spun round: WB Yeats for Children


Here's a review I wrote for Children's Books Ireland (recommended reads) during the summer. Incredible faery magic in this book.
W.B YEATS, NOREEN DOODY (EDITOR, INTRODUCTION) ILLUSTRATION SHONA SHIRLEY MACDONALD
THE MOON SPUN ROUND: WB YEATS FOR CHILDREN
O'BRIEN 2016 (HBK) 64pp €19.99 £14.99 ISBN 13 97818477384
A beguiling collection of Yeats's poems, stories and memories from childhood, steeped in magic and faery lore, this mystical treasure trove is sure to enchant the older reader. MacDonald's stunning compositions perfectly match the imaginative world Yeats conjures and together they form an enticing vision of an Irish landscape. This is a book to be pondered, poured over and visited many times; each time hearing or seeing something afresh in the words and images. [SC]  #februarymonthofthefae

Lumix G, The Smalls Film Festival - The One Whitethorn Bush

The wonderful storyteller Eddie Lenihan #februarymonthofthefae

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Warwick Goble

By Warwick Goble

Warwick Goble was born on 22 November 1862 in Dalston, North East London. The son of a commercial traveller, Goble studied first at the City of London School and then at the Westminster School of Art. He illustrated numerous books including: The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley(1909) The War of the Worlds by H.G Wells and the book of Faery Poetry by D.Owen. Not much seems to be documented about his life, although he was a keen sportsman but his beautiful work speaks volumes.

By Warwick noble



By Warwick Goble

By Warwick noble
More stunning illustrations from Warwick Goble.
'If you want your children to be intelligent; read them faery tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more faery tales.' Albert Einstein #februarymonthofthefae
By Warwick Goble

Monday, 6 February 2017

March 1st - Deadline for applications to the Confidential Committee

During the Tuam Spirit Babies exhibition I met an awful lot of people with horrific stories and eye witness accounts of some very particular events. Some were sharing for the first time. I urged those people then and I urge those who have yet to tell their stories, to please, please do so. It's hugely important to come forward but please seek counselling and support during the process. Lots of love to you SadieXx
Confidential Freephone 1800 80-66-88 (ROI only)
To make a confidential call to the Commission from outside of the Republic of Ireland, the number to dial is 00 353 1 6445088.
The opening hours for the Confidential phone line are as follows:
Monday to Friday (excluding Irish Bank Holidays)
10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm.
By email at: info@mbhcoi.ie 
By Post: Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation
73 Lower Baggot St, Dublin 2, D02 N773.
or
P.O. Box 12626, Dublin 2
The identity of any person who meets with the Confidential Committee will not be revealed. Please note that the closing date for applications to meet the Confidential Committee is Wednesday, 1 March 2017.#tuamspiritbabies #tuambabies