Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Happy Earth Day to all of you who are observing! While it's a worthwhile day of awareness it's rather sad that we even need it!
Since last October, I've been doing a lot of research into Druid/Celtic history and life. The research has been for the Celtic anthologies that Kristina, Amanda and myself are writing. Also, it's been for the Annwyn Chronicles which I'm writing under the name Sophie Renwick. I've learned so much and it's actually changed the way I view a things~the Crown Forest which lies not more than 75 feet from my backyard, for starters! lol!
The research has been fascinating and really rather eye opening. We've come so far, yet we've regressed as well from that time when our ancestors knew nothing more than to work with the Earth.
The Celts and Druids lived their lives by the whims and power of nature. They revered it and lived alongside the earth, working it, taking from it, but also giving back as thanks for the bounty it gave to not only feed their people but heal them as well.
The Druids most especially worshipped trees, even giving male and female assignment. Their history was not a written one, but they did leave the Ogham which is a series of lines, somewhat resembling the Nordic Runes. Each tree had a set of magical properties that were used to decorate their homes, flavor their foods, and as magical amulets used in their rituals. There was Rowan for healing and empowerment, birch for protection of children and purification. Holly for prophecy and sex magic, elder for exorcism. Oak for male virility and sexuality. Each tree has a corresponding set of Ogham that must have been painstaking to write since each line represents a letter of the alphabet. But the writing was never important to the Druids, it was the story telling and the interpreation of the world around them which they called the 'life force' that was most important in their lives.
We've lost that connection to the earth, I think. We don't know what a life force is anymore. Not that I want to give up indoor plumbing and the internet, but their simple way of life sometimes calls to me. To be able to spend a few hours out in nature and not worry about the time or what I've got to do at home would truly be liberating.
The Celts also worshipped the moon. It held a place of importance even over the sun. A day to the Celts was calculated from sundown to sundown. As a Cancer and a moonchild myself, I can see how the lure of the moon, and the mystique of moonbeams awed our early ancestors. I've also read that the more creative types are drawn more by the moon than the sun. This is true for me. I seem to come alive at night and my creativity definitely does!
One thing for sure is, whoever or whatever created this place we call home was truly the ultimate magician. We won't get religious here. We'll be spiritual. Whatever your beliefs we can't deny the magic of the earth and the awe inspiring power of Mother Nature. I hope we haven't ruined that magic with our ways!
So, are you a child of the moon, or a daughter of the sun? Which has more pull over you? And if you're really wanting to connect with nature and the earth in its most base form, please visit our very own Vampire Fan Girl's blog later today and for the rest of the week for some very 'earthy' delights.
Peace, and be well!
Posted by Charlotte Featherstone at 8:19 AM