Archive | June 25, 2014

Amusing ourselves to death: new Sciencegasm meme nails it

Progressive Culture | Scholars & Rogues

The public interest is what the public is interested in, bitches.

Thanks to Facebook, we all see new memes every day. Some of them are funny, some insightful, and a lot are of the preaching to the choir variety, which even though they’re right as rain, they occasionally get tiresome. Like a lot of us, frustrated as hell with the sorry shape of our society and the deteriorating condition of our planet and the sheer hopelessness of mounting an assault against the mountain of cynical, corrupt cash standing between us and a solution, I guess I suffer from bouts of what we’ll call Fact Fatigue. If we’re intelligent, I fear, the truth is too much with us.

Every once in awhile, though, somebody sends one around that’s so on-point you can’t ignore it. Today, for instance, it was my friend Heather Sowards-Valey (she of Fiction 8 fame) sharing this one from Sciencegasm

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Today’s reading


The only thing in life that is assured is that if you wait long enough, it will change. How you survive that change and who you are after change is down to you.

The major element in this process is judgement of yourself and others. This may relate to an assessment regarding a personal matter or situation, and could be linked to the process of forgiving.

It may also relate to a group or social decision. In the process of judgement, both as an individual and on the universal level, honesty is the key.

Be honest, be forgiving, be patient, but most of all, be assured change is at hand. Remember, the universe has a long memory. Nothing is ever forgotten.

Your approach to the issues in this card affects your future, decides the nature or even the possibility of your rebirth.

The entrance to a passage grave beckons you; this is a place to lay your past to rest, a still safe sanctified space in which the parts of your life can be reconstituted after the trauma of Death. (see Rebirth, eight of cups).

You are sensitive, and require someone to stand watch for you; either the highest part of oneself, an ancestral guardian, a shamanic figure or angelic power depending on your belief system.

Day 3 – Nature and the Earth – 30 Days of Druidry

Day 3 – Nature and Earth

If you have read this story on my blog that just happens to be a true one and really happened to me, it’s probably all you really need to know about how I feel about nature and the earth. I’ve always been more comfortable out in nature than being cooped up inside. It’s why my favourite reading spot was the apricot tree in the back yard. It’s why my dad started me gardening with my own tiny plot at 5 and why he took me to wild places all over LA. It’s why I spent my summers in my 20s and 30s working at camps as Arts & Crafts and Nature Directors. It’s why I got my degree as a Naturalist Interpreter and ended up with 6 minors, Geography, Biology, Botany, Horticulture, Photography and Anthro. It’s why I drag my friends around Botanical Gardens and wilderness spaces around LA. It’s why my sister and I regularly visit places like Sepulveda Wildlife Refuge or the Natural History Museum. It’s my Camp Fire Girl name translated means Singing Trees in Nature. I love the earth and I love being outside and it’s always been my church.

One of my earliest memories is my Grandma taking me for walks and formally introducing me to the neighborhood trees and no differently than she introduced me to Mrs Foote down the block. Mrs Foote who gifted me with a two volume leatherbound set of Cassell’s Natural History that is so old there is no copyright date in it. It’s still one of my treasures.

I see no way to separate my Druidry from nature. I can imagine someone calling themselves a Druid and not being willing to spend time outside. I can’t see that they would be very effective any more than a witch that doesn’t believe in doing spellwork. It’s kind of half assed.

Druidry comes out of a culture that didn’t know electricity, where heat and light came from peat they dug and candles made from animal fat or beeswax if they could afford it or it was warm enough to have bees at all. Clothing came from the animals you killed or the plants and animals you grew for wool or flax which then had to be woven into cloth. Food had to be grown or caught or hunted, it didn’t come from the supermarket. Medicine came from the plants you grew or found growing wild. Entertainment came from your friends and family or you entertained yourself, if you had the time and that would be mostly in winter when there were no crops to tend and just enough animals for food to make it through winter and to make wool. Storytelling and music making was for long winter nights and holidays.

Druidry came from a culture that was near to the earth and was born of the earth. They were skilled in Astronomy because the planets and the movements of the brighter stars helped predict when you could safely plant your crops or move your flocks and cattle. They knew the flights of birds and the actions of plants and animals because it helped them live. They respected the trees for the roles they played in their lives and as anyone who ever has spent time in forests knows they feel like cathedrals and there is a reason medieval cathedrals resemble forests inside.

Their deities that we know are aspects of what was around them, rivers, and weather and oceans and the land and all that dwells in it. It’s why the Morrigan are represented by ravens and Brighid, a red cow with a white ear. Why Lugh is the sun and Taranis is the thunder. We are people of nature that respect and love the planet we call home. I can’t imagine being a Druid, a person of the oaks and not loving nature and all that encompasses.

There really is no Druidry without Nature and the planet we live on.