Last year started what is clearly becoming a tradition for me. As March is Irish Heritage month, I take it as a time to reflect on and honor the sovereignty Goddess of Ireland - Ériu. Chelly has also been focusing on her and shares some wonderful musings in her latest post. I was inspired and reminded of my desire to spend some time meditating on Ériu, so I shuffled my pregnant behind to my altar for some quality time with the Triple Goddess of Ireland.
My novice studies of Irish lore lead me to agree with Chelly on the nature of Ériu. She is not to be underestimated as the Milesian Donn found out. Yet she is also welcoming to those who honor and respect her. I certainly felt a sense of homecoming when I made it to Ireland a couple years ago. I long to return but until I can, I must be content to connect with that bit of land at a distance. I decided that tonight would be a good night to meditate on her and give her some offerings.
Saying my words of praise, pouring offerings, and holding a memento from her land, I slipped into a very light trance. I envisioned myself surrounded by the mist created by the Two Powers of fire and water. I wouldn’t let myself go too deeply as I worry about the implications of doing so while pregnant and still a novice to that practice. My stretching belly kept me from separating too much from my body anyway. It is taut, and breathing deeply is less comfortable than normal. Yet I was able to visualize myself in Ireland once more. I saw myself at Tara, saw the rolling green hills around the mounds, and the clootie tree near the hedge.
I found myself staring at the Lia Fáil, and suddenly Ériu was there! I saw her as a beautiful woman with fair skin and long, wavy hair the color of sunlight on the River Boyne. Here eyes were as brown as the dirt and she wore a gown green like the rolling hills. She smiled at me and welcomed me back to her whenever I could come. As a Druid in America, I often fret about working with very local deities such as Ériu, but she reminded me not to lament over the distance and that she was always part of me. Images came to me of ancestors eating the crops from her soil, filling them with energy and life. Some of these ancestors came to America, bringing about my existence. They flow in my blood, blood energized in part by the land of Ireland. What’s more, she showed me my ancestor’s grave – the ancestor buried in Watertown, NY. The soil of Ériu became the flesh, blood, and bones of her people. Some of those people, like my ancestor, are now in the soil here, thus intermingling with the land here in America. “I am part of the whole world,” she seemed to say. An Earth Mother linked to all other Earth Mothers, rolling on the globe of our greater Earth Mother. I now imagine a circle of dancing women bringing life and change as they weave around a central bonfire, individual and yet connected always by the forces of this planet…
She faded out over the sea but left me feeling at peace and connected.
And now my baby is kicking and I think about all the ancestors, land spirits, and Earth Goddesses making up this new little one. Are any of us really new? Seems to me that we’re recycled. We are a continuation – it is the hope we have that springs anew each time.