Sometimes though, quite often in fact, I escape into the woods for the sheer pleasure of being beneath the boughs and autumn is such a good time to do this. The leaves are just beginning to turn orange and red and the autumn sun glinting through the them is beautifully hypnotic. It is worth just going and sitting quietly simply for the sake of being in the woods.
On our various spiritual and magickal journeys, we are too often consumed with the big questions, with the attainment of knowledge and power. Of course, in a way this is natural and there is nothing wrong with this in itself, but by narrowing our focus, we do ourselves a disservice. There is a quiet typeContinue reading “Spiral Nature – An Essay in Pictures”
I cast my eyes around this garden, the night garden, transformed beneath a layer of frost that catches the pale celestial light and reflects it as though thousands of tiny diamonds have embedded themselves into and upon the land. The red berries of the cotoneaster and how soon the birds will pluck them from the branches, one of the last sources of food this side of winter, grateful for the overgrown tree and it’s plentiful supply. Of the thick ivy that grows and the cover it provides to so many creatures. Of the bare cherry tree, it’s branches reaching ever skywards, it’s leaves long fallen.
I adore Samhain as well but for me the whole month of October is when I begin to feel more closely attuned to the spirit world. Perhaps this owes itself to the fact that in my small part of the world October is the month where the dying back of plant life begins in earnest, migratory animals have long gone or have arrived whilst native species prepare for the long winter ahead and and the nights are noticeably longer and colder.
You see, some people do not understand that foraging is not the same as wild harvesting. Foragers take only what they need and always consider the needs of the other creatures we share this world with. We do not strip areas of ‘resources’, of plants, flowers, nuts and fruits. We take little, leaving nothing but our footprints and we become stewards of our wild places, taking care of them. It is in our interest to take care of our wild spaces, to ensure the survival of plant species. Foraging builds a symbiotic relationship with nature, one where we recognise and understand our place within it, not separate from it.