Here we are in late Autumn, so time for some advice on how to make the best of the season from our own Druid Detective, Gwion Dubh!
NEIGHBOURHOOD DRUID WATCH:
The dead leaves rustled: the leaf litter stirred.
With the eyes of a weasel, I missed nothing. Gwion Dubh, Druid Investigator.
Still here and still true to the mission; plumbing the secrets at the heart of
the deep forest.
Samhain time, and I’m hunkered down back in the ol’
grove after the last case. Nothing to do but check the thatch on the hobbit
hole, booby trap the nut store against the squirrels and croon lullabies to the Dryads like a druid Bing Crosby. So plenty time to
disseminate a bit of seasonal wisdom…
We'll soon be at the Celtic New year, the gestating
time. If you couldn’t see the woods for the trees in lush summer, you surely
can now, so let’s take a walk and have a chat to the local flora and fauna.
Learn nature’s lessons, and bring them into your home, translating the wisdom
of the woods into the health of the hearth. Step this way, into the forest of your inner mind…
Gwion’s ten tips from a Samhain stroll:
1. We’ll start through that tiny path the deer have
made, and we’ll stay sharp! The earth is quiet under the leaves; the beating
heart of all life. So as we walk, keep sending out gratitude, keep noticing, keep
the connection going. Then take that feeling home to communicate with your
loved ones on a different level.
2. You hear that bird trill? Whenever one whistles,
remember Rhiannon and the messages that might be pouring from Annwn, the inner
realm. Look for the spiritual message beyond the mundane events in your
3. Look at that sunset – and prepare to salute the
great hunter later! Orion will be striding through the sky this winter,
protective and strong. Strengthen yourself with good food, enough sleep
and a sense of inner contentment.
On we go now…
4. Let’s pause here and have a moment with a tree.
Those Dryads might be somnolent, but they’re still in there. Think about
sustainable ways to heat your home.
5. See that fungus? Next time, bring a camera or
sketchbook, and appreciate the sheer range and beauty of its various forms.
Celebrate diversity and difference in your own life.
6. Stop here to scoop up a handful of leaf litter
and loam and smell it. See how it cloaks the ground, and resolve to buy new woolly
socks and lag your pipes!
7. And here we are at a secret treasure; a stream,
bubbling out of the ground, clear as crystal. Throw a mental message in a
virtual bottle to be carried down to the sea, sending greetings to the minnows,
the shrimps, the nyads, the mermaids. Conserve water at home; it's precious.
8. If you fancy taking that branch for your wand,
work out which tree it’s come from. Reciprocate with a gift: leave a little
(natural, biodegradable!) something – or just a thank you. When you get home,
send a letter or card, or make a phone call that’s overdue.
We’re on the homeward trail now…
9. Collect some woodland fruits for your nature
table; go home and resolve to eat seasonally and from local sources, where
10. Look for signs of burrows and think about the
hibernating under-earthers. It’s winter; dance with the earth’s rhythm. Go
home, forget the parties and slowwwwwww downnnnnnnnnnnnnn.
And here we are, back at the grove. A quick
blackberry leaf tea for me, and then off for the nightly badger/Druid
philosophical discourse – if the tail-biting juniors will leave us in peace
that is! It’s dark now, so, fellow Druids, be safe out there. As you wend you
way home, let nature do the talking: walk gently on the mother, who is all
quiet and sereno on top, but busy, busy, busy underneath.
I’m in hibernation mode until Imbolc – unless the
big Boss pipes me off on another case. But until then it’s the hammock and the
wooden flute. And, just maybe, a quick teal telegram to a certain tame
biographer of mine, to get her quill here fast for some note taking.
Nothing like tall tales to while away the long,
dark nights…and I’ve got a great one for her this time about that last poisoning
case at the spiritual retreat… ‘The elves and the stewmaker’ – that one’s
just too good to keep to myself…
But for now……….nature drowses.......Shhhhhhhhhhhhh!