The message is clear
The message is clear
As New Year approaches, I like to share a small poem that came to me today.. and some related eco-thoughts and an oath I made almost 2 decades ago 🙂
“Here we are , You and me
Standing in the place of Ancient Trees.
What will we add to this World, pray tell
Make it a place of Heaven ..or Hell..? “
Many already know that I am a nature-worshipping, tree-hugging, storm-chasing, mask-making magician, ritualist, Scientist, and an Environmentalist!
Years and years ago, I heard the songs from The Gaia Album by Olivia Newton-John, and it’s probably one of those things that totally consumed me – the plea of the Earth and Trees (the way she sang them)..and made me a Gaia-Guardian!
There was also the Channel 4 TV mini-series `Merlin’ almost 2 decades ago.. starring Sam Neil as Merlin, reluctant boy who is mentored by Maab, Queen of the Fairies, to be at her side.. But Merlin rebels after seeing her selfish ways, and swears not to use his magic except to help, and to oppose her! There is a scene where he is seated in the forest floor, and makes a vow..!
So moved was I, that within moments, I had gone out to the garden, and on my Witch’s Knife (Athame), made a magical Oath to the Earth. (This is probably the first time I have ever shared this matter!)
Over the years, many related ecological and environmental concerns, campaigns, initiatives, plans & projects have surfaced or manifested from me..and those will continue..
So.. here as we stand at the end of 2013, what I called `The Year of the Witch’ – a difficult one personally, I think back to the one force that has always remained constant in my last 2 decades.. my love for the Earth!
I feel it every time I walk in the woods, and every time I step carefully and with reverence, into a hollow centred living Oak tree. How often do we as humans ever go back to being literally inside another living creature- apart from the first 9 unborn months of our lives? Only when we are inside a living Tree!!
To me, that is returning to the womb-like sanctuary of Gaia .. mother Earth.. more so than being inside a Cave!
As 2014 dawns, I remind myself of the oath!
Bright Blessings to all
This one made my sister & my wife both tearful! Yes, it was quite emotive – the song, coupled with the landscape pictures of trees, water..industry, and fallen trees!
The song used here was recorded at Occupy London Camp on 13th Nov’11, and pulls at the heart-strings of anyone even remotely concerned about the state of the Earth and eco-disasters we are facing!
Photos (mostly of UK) are merely an accompaniment for you to experience the Song!
Ps. If you know the lady who guided us all to sing this song on that Remembrance Sunday night outside St.Paul’s Cathedral, please let me know, or let her know – that many of us cherish that night and her contribution. We’d love to have an interview with her on our next issue of Gaian Times. contact via email@example.com Thanks. And enjoy Earth Day (22nd April’12).
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