It seems as though more time has passed, and yet – like it was only yesterday. I had never been to Europe before and everything about it delighted my heart.

My day started with me winding through the back alleys of Dublin,

It was a miracle that I got to go, and even more suprising that I got to stay. In just shy of 40 days, Britain, Ireland, France, Greece, the Netherlands and Macedonia were all experienced as fully as I could manage.

The River Liffey as the sun rose over Dublin, Oct. 7th 2018

I filled my free days with tours of ancient holy sites, as well as local food and culture tours, hungry for tastes and history alike.

Views from The Hill of Tara
Modern reconstruction of the ancient stone pillar at the top of The Hill of Tara
Stones placed by ancient Pagans on The Hill of Tara
Ancient Tumulus on The Hill of Tara
Selfie at the runes of an old monastery in Ireland
Monastery runes in Eastern Ireland
Detailed monastic stonework
My red boots on top of monastic stones
New-old framed by old-old
The lush Irish countryside
Runes of an old sheep herder’s gate
Old stone bridge in Eastern Ireland

On this particular day, I was in Ireland visiting the Uisneach and other Pagan sites on a tour of “Ireland’s Ancient East.”

Stairs to the trail (gate at the bottom is to keep sheep in/out)
360 degree views of Ireland at the top of Uisneach

This holy site is at the center-most part of the Island and on the Pagan holiday of Beltane in May, they light a huge bonfire at the center of the hill – which, weather permitting, can then be seen from the entire Emerald Isle.

More views from “the heart of the Emerald Isle”
Bundled up beneath a fairy tree
Seated on the fabled “Witch’s seat”

And all that (and so much more) was just in one day in Ireland. The rest of the trip was no less full of magick either!

Don’t worry, I won’t leave you hanging! Though I can’t ever truly share my amazing European vacation with you all, soon I’ll be writing up my “Top Ten Tips for a Magickal European Holiday” as a blog post so that you can start planning your own incredible journey too!

I enjoyed a workout in a park here in Chicago with a couple of new friends/colleagues

Then we experienced the Chicago Art Expo at the Navy Pier together

Where we also got to catch glimpses of a beautiful foggy Chicago skyline

Finally, we grabbed some Indian cuisine with an additional friend/colleague before taking another rainy evening walk to the home of some more artists/musicians here in the city for a bit of jammin’ and conversation

My heart is full of song – delicate and soulful notes of appreciation – as a reflection of beauty in all its varieties and forms