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Astrology and the Mystical/Healing Arts in Dublin, Ireland

Dublin, Ireland

Dublin, Ireland


I recently had the joy and privilege of spending over two weeks in Dublin, Ireland with our daughter, Danielle, and her family which includes two of our precious granddaughters.  Danielle, always the great promoter of my work, arranged for me to co-lead with her a Meditation Group on the New Moon in Libra, teach a class on Chiron, the ‘Sacred Wounded Healer/Teacher/Warrior’, and give a talk at The Buddha Bag on ‘Lucid Dreaming, Astral Travel, and Out of the Body experiences’ followed by a workshop on Dreaming at the Olive Tree Studio.  In addition I gave private sessions to many fine Dubliners.

I would now like to share some of my impressions of the people of Dublin.  I have done this in past blogs but this trip I noticed a decided awakening going on in many of the people I worked with.  Many have decided to leave their jobs and even careers in government and corporate positions to become more independent in vocations involving healing work, even shamanic work.  There is a revitalization of the mystical arts now flourishing in Dublin.  Keep in mind that Dublin is comprised of people from all over Europe, America, and far-flung nations such as Iran and Australia.  It is a very international city bursting with youthful and vibrant energy.  In spite of the economic down-turn impacting the city there continues to be this swelling stream of conscious people who are hungry to learn and grow more deeply and fully in a spiritual sense.

I was also struck by how many more men are involved in these arenas now.  My classes were equally attended by men and women.  Perhaps this is because Danielle attracts both genders easily, but at the Buddha Bag I was struck that possibly 2/3rds of the nearly 60 people attending were men.  Men are interested in lucid dreaming most certainly!  Many of these men had experienced astral travel as well.  How wonderful!

In terms of astrology, I met one special man named Nadasen Pillay who teaches Kundalini Yoga and has been studying and practicing astrology since he was a teenager, and many who were well versed in the terms and techniques of my craft.  Another lovely man named Daniel is sort of like ‘Super Man’; an accountant by day and an astral traveler/healer by night.  The women were impressive in their professional credentials including a medical doctor, and an educational administrator.  I so thoroughly enjoyed each individual that I served and would love to know how each unfolds in their journey ahead for, like their counter-parts in America, many are at the cross-roads making major decisions that involve risk-taking and courage this coming year.

Danielle Vierling

Danielle Vierling

Danielle is doing fine work on a multiple of levels in Dublin.  For those of you unacquainted with her work please see her offerings at  Her business card for Tarot Readings states ‘Heartfelt Truth and Intuitive Guidance’, but she wears many hats in her professional life.  She starts a course in Beginners Astrology – Soul Truth Discovery on Tuesday Evenings beginning November 5th at the Restore Clinic at 67 Camden Street, Dublin 2.  She also teaches courses in Tarot, Meditation, and Intuitive Development as well as her long-standing work in Synergy Dance.

Danielle's Ballet Class

She even teaches a wonderful children’s ballet class!

Here are some of the great centers Danielle is linked with or works out of:

Buddha Bag meeting room

Buddha Bag meeting room

The Buddha Bag at 8 Baggot Lane, Dublin 4 (086-157-9518) was founded by Paul Congdon, who is also the Publisher of a marvelous journal you can subscribe to on-line called Positive Life.

Paul Congdon

Paul Congdon

The Buddha Bag is a gathering hole for regular inquisitive seekers of all stripes.  They host speakers from all over the world every Thursday evening.  Paul is a great net-worker and makes you feel right at home either as a speaker or attendee at these events.  It felt like talking in someone’s living room quite frankly!  Perhaps that was because the people nearest the front can sit on comfortable bean bags!  After these Thursday evening events many go on across the way to the very elegant Dylan Hotel to continue discussions and merriment into the wee hours.

The Buddha Bag also has yoga classes, healing circles, and a variety of wonderful events every single day of the year.  Check them out on Facebook as well.

Olive Tree Yoga Studio

Olive Tree Yoga Studio

The Olive Tree Dublin  at 15 Grantham St., Dublin 8, is another lovely venue where I was able to teach my classes and see clients privately. This is also where Danielle holds her regular Synergy Dance classes.

Estelle Birdy

Estelle Birdy

Estelle Birdy (086-794-1624) is the Director as well as one of the Yoga instructors.  Yoga, Pilates, Feldenkrais, and multiple Dance classes all go on here weekly.  In addition there is a private treatment room for acupuncture, massage, Reiki, and Sound Therapy.  And—yes!—there is actually a beautiful olive tree growing directly in front of this charming space.

Dublin Holistic Center

Dublin Holistic Center

The Dublin Holistic Centre (is yet another venue which Danielle uses every week for her Polarity Therapy sessions (yes, she does that too!) and her New Moon Meditation evenings.  This center is right in the heart of downtown Dublin and is a beautiful and serene oasis going up, up, up about four stories.  Yes, it feels like a literal version of ‘stairway to the stars’ with each floor containing serene and beautifully decorated meeting and treatment rooms.  Here all manner of classes and healing sessions go on including Pilates, Yoga, Mum & Baby Yoga, Meditation, Belly dancing, Qi Gong, Massage therapies, Natural Medicines, Bodywork, Beauty, Talking Therapies, Energy Healing, and Energy Psychology.  Wow!

Accents Coffee & Tea Lounge

Accents Coffee & Tea Lounge

Stepping down to street level and even below is Accents Coffee and Tea Lounge located at 23 Stephen Street Lower, Dublin 2.  Danielle gives mini-Tarot Readings here on Thursdays down in the very smartly stylish basement lounge where comfortable leather sofas abound.  She always reserves the quiet corner where clients sip their tea and get soul truth readings simultaneously.

Before ending this tour of ‘Spiritual/Mystical Dublin’ I’m going to list a few delightful café’s that are inexpensive and serve up organic and delicious fares.  They were all within walking distance of Danielle’s home.

The Cake Cafe

The Cake Cafe

The Cake Café’ located in a charming little courtyard, The Daintree Building, Pleasants Place, Dublin 8.  Tiny but having plenty of tables and chairs in the courtyard for nicer weather, this place boasts wonderful baked goods along with tarts, stews, and delicious salads.  I loved their Macha Green Tea Latte’.

Lennox Cafe' Bistro

Lennox Cafe’ Bistro

Lennox Café’ Bistro at 31 Lennox St., Dublin 8 is more posh and you are served a very international cuisine in a stylish setting.  Their soups are divine and the crab salad we had looked just like California cuisine.

Bibi's Cafe

Bibi’s Cafe

Bibi’s Café’, 14 b Emorville Ave., Dublin 8, is right on the corner of a quiet residential neighborhood.  They have taste treats for every palate from hardy to light and everything is beautifully presented including the carafe of water with cucumber and celery stalks wedged inside.  They also have imported foods for sale.

Another thing I love about Dublin are all the tiny shops and delis that serve absolutely fresh AND organic foods.  It is amazing how very many of them you find along one street.  Organic is big now in Dublin and the surrounding towns.  The larger super markets like Tesco feature ample sections of organic produce, and the variety of foods now available rival even a place like California.

St. Stephen Green

St. Stephen Green

So if you are planning to visit Dublin, keep this list.  I know your experience will be richer for it!  And, as a final footnote; if you do want to visit Dublin Danielle and her husband, Francois, run an AirBnB at 15 Grantham St., Dublin 8.  They live in an old three-story Georgian within walking distance of the downtown Center and Stephen’s Green Park.  Francois makes the best French Crepes as a treat for their guests.  You’ll love the ambiance and warmth of their very ‘Irish’ home!!


October 31, 2013  11 Comments
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1 Vanessa { 11.01.13 at 2:50 pm }

Oh how lovely! I loved Ireland very much and would love to go back again. I particularly liked what you said about people leaving their corporate/government jobs to pursue something more meaningful. It seems that more and more people are wanting to birth/live out the parts of themselves that may bring more coherence to this world.

2 Genevieve { 11.01.13 at 2:56 pm }

Yes, Vanessa—
It takes courage to leave behind what appears to be security and pursue callings that demand a stronger belief in oneself and the Universe as co-creators together. I, quite frankly, think that survival can be thriving in a smaller, more agile boat with sails rather than those huge ocean liners that can’t maneuver quickly enough when the unexpected occurs.

3 Vanessa { 11.01.13 at 3:51 pm }

So true Genevieve, so true… I really like the metaphor you used of the smaller, and yet more nimble boat. I think more and more the world is calling for that. Have you ever read George Duby, a great French Historian and medievalist? He compared the end of the millennium to the year 1000 A.D. Granted we don’t live in the Middle Ages, there were some comparisons that he saw that brings that to mind. (I only found his French edition of the book where the compares the two millenniums
Your metaphor made me think of it. I feel that I’m in the midst of that transformation/transition myself.

4 Tim Rubald { 11.01.13 at 4:28 pm }

Aloha, Genevieve, what a wonderful trip. You must be so pleased with your daughter. I hope one day to visit my ancestral island. For the time being, life on this island, on my Maui tropical paradise, high in a mountain jungle is very good.

Blessings of Samhain (Irish, from Old Irish samain) to you and yours. The Cross Quarter moment this year is November 7, 2013, at 1:15 AM EST. The Druid suggests planning and organizing on Wednesday, the 6th, readying the bonfires, and putting the torch to them Wednesday night at sunset. Merry meet!

5 Genevieve { 11.02.13 at 10:30 am }

That book looks really interesting! Too bad I know longer can read French which I tried to learn in college many moons ago. My son-in-law, however, is French. Perhaps he’ll see this and get the book. Thanks for the tips. You know there is a very large group from the generation with Neptune in Sagittarius who are pursuing research back in time to the Middle Ages, etc. They are in their mid-to-late 30s now. (Of course other age groups may also be bringing back the old teachings as well.) Already a great many of them are making major contributions in research and revivals of long-forgotten wisdom from those times. Very gratifying.

6 Genevieve { 11.02.13 at 10:33 am }

Thank you so much for adding your knowledge here. I do hope you’ll get to that ancient land. You’d make a great speaker at the Buddha Bag! In the meantime, I’m glad you’re writing more and sharing from your own paradise the wisdom of the stars.

7 Connie Rodriguez { 11.03.13 at 7:48 am }

Hi Genevieve,
What a magical and lovely time you had there with your daughter. Makes me want to live there… I loved Ireland and Dublin. Having nostalgia reading about it. What wonderful places Danielle teaches in. So glad you shared all this!

8 Susan { 11.06.13 at 12:07 pm }

Greetings of the Samhain SEason. I now realize that I spent far too little time in Dublin & it’s time for a return trip. What a wonderful, experience for you & those you worked with. Nimble small boat, indeed !

9 Vanessa { 11.07.13 at 1:43 pm }

Hi Genevieve,
Interesting your point about those born with Neptune in Sagg – I have that and I have always been fascinated with the Middle Ages/Renaissance. As far as the old teachings in relation to astrology, I’m not there yet in terms of interest. Still, I can see how much of our world, despite the technology, still hides a medieval/renaissance spark.

10 Genevieve { 11.08.13 at 4:39 pm }

Perhaps we need modern translators of the old paths of alchemy that so many of the medieval/renaissance astrologers participated in. Alchemy still exists, it just needs a timely makeover. Everything goes round and comes back in some new shape or form, does it not?

11 Ana Marie { 11.10.13 at 7:57 am }


How exciting for you to have had such a rich experience in Dublin !!
Thank you for sharing ..I felt like I was right there ..And makes me even more hungry for the next trip over !!Blessings , AnaMarie

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