An Irish Blessing

Here’s my own response to the first prompt on my new haiku/haibun prompt site “On the Road”  Prompt – ‘May the Road rise up to meet you’

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When I was in Ireland I followed a winding road that led me to the Hill of Tara.  There I sat upon a fairy mound.   All around me the light danced and distances disappeared in a gold haze.   It seemed to me then that I heard the wild, jubilant refrain of the Tuatha de Danann partying in the hollow Earth beneath me.

In my mind’s eye I saw these mythical folk were proud and tall   Their faces had an elvish cast and raiment of silver and ice blue hung around their bodies in shimmering veils. As they appeared before me I felt an energy and power far outside of my normal frames of reference.

Sometimes, even now, I feel the presence of these beings.   They whisper to me in my dreams.   All is not as it seems, they say.   The time of the prophecies draws near.*

Magical light
holding me spellbound
– anything’s possible

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*Irish legends say that the Tuatha de Danann are magical beings that inhabited Ireland before the invasion of the Milesian people (the Celts).    At that time the Tuatha de Danann retired to the inner realms within the Earth.  Many prophecies say they will return at a time of great strife to engage with the forces of darkness in one last battle – a battle they will win.

In Jungian psychology the supernatural Tuatha de Danann can be seen as representing the elements in our psyche or unconscious imagination that are currently in hiding because our relationship to the magic of life is damaged.  Following on that idea perhaps it is now when climate changes threatens our very existence that those elements are beginning to emerge from deep within us.  One of the great battles of our age is the battle with the forces of greed, power and the heedless destruction of our planet.  It is battle that takes place both in the outer world and in our own hearts and minds.

While my rational mind feels an affinity with those ideas there is a part of me that holds the feeling that one great day the magical beings in hiding across the Earth will walk among us openly.   In my imagination the Tuatha de Danann lead the way.

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14 thoughts on “An Irish Blessing

  1. “In Jungian psychology the supernatural Tuatha de Danann can be seen as representing the elements in our psyche or unconscious imagination that are currently in hiding because our relationship to the magic of life is damaged” That’s a brilliant way of putting it, Suzanne. We of the industrialised world have long dismissed spirit worlds of traditional people as rank superstition, and quite failed to see that they are poetic metaphors – rich in materials to conjure with; touchstones that reveal our inner selves.

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  2. So you have heard them calling too!! And that they let us know today’s world is out of balance with nature. Beautiful post and I like what Tish said as well. Your Haibun is wonderful and profound. I have felt the magic in both Ireland and Scotland. It’s so important to share the old lore and universal consciousness.

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    1. Absolutely. The Tuatha de Danann are speaking to me in my dreams and meditations at present. They have been part of the inspiration that motivated me to set up “On the Road.” It’s time to give voice to this stuff in whatever we can.

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    1. Funny you should say that. The Tuatha De Danann have been visiting me in my meditations lately. I really felt they urged me to write this piece and were integral in motivating me to set up “On the Road”

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  3. That’s a profound post that has made me reflect. “our relationship to the magic of life is damaged” – most definitely. A brilliant post both in words and images. Thank you sharing.

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  4. Lovely post, Suzanne!! you describe your experience so beautifully! Now I know I must go to my roots sooner rather than later and sit by the water at Bally Bunion and visit the graves of my ancestors.

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    1. I love these Irish names. They are so evocative. How wonderful to know where your ancestors are buried. I hope you get there one day.

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