Earth- The word “earth” has multiple meanings. What does it mean to you? How do you use its definitions to support your work?
This was another topic that made me pause, because I’ve never been a very Earth-centred pagan. Perhaps it was why Wicca never resonated with me. IDK. But mostly, I serve the gods first, and that’s what matters to me most of all. So in some way, this is another hard topic to write to, because I don’t really have much to say?
In the last few years, I have been trying to grow that connection with the landscape around me, if only so I can contextualise some of my festivals and my ritual Wheel of the Year, and plant them, and my gods, in the land around me. But, ultimately, it comes back to the gods, not the land. But perhaps it’s more complicated than that. I might have to revisit this later, and maybe talk about that connection, and how intertwined they are for me.
It is hard to forge relationships with the land, though, because I am highly aware that I am an Anglo white person living on land that was stolen by Anglo white people from the indigenous people of this country. When I started exploring druidry, ancestors, and land spirits, I was consciously aware that those ancestral land spirits might prefer it if I ignored them, because I’m not from their culture, and they might be rightly cross at a white person wanting to contact them. (Which I would totally understand.) So the most I do is offer water libations, ask for peace, and leave it at that.
IDK, I just can’t imagine/supplant non-native land spirits being present in the land around me, because it just doesn’t feel right. It feels like another colonialist invasion, to bring those European/non-native spirits into my practice and plant them onto a land they don’t belong to, where there are already plenty of native spirits present. Perhaps I’m being overly sensitive, but tbh, white people have done more than enough to this country to wipe out the indigenous cultures that exist, and existed here. I don’t want to add to that if I can help it.
I think the only contact I have ever had with what I know for certain was an indigenous spirit, it was a spirit attached to a boab seed that had come from up north and found itself in the wrong country. It wanted to get home, but because it couldn’t communicate with me because language barrier! (which wouldn’t have occurred to me as a potential problem), it hung around like a shadow on the back patio for months, literally months, and it creeped me the fuck out to the point I invoked Sobek to banish it one day (in my mind) as I was out walking, and that was when it revealed itself. Scared of crocs, apparently, but then there are a lot of crocs up north, so. But at least that was the trigger that alerted me to the situation, and I then asked Yinepu/Wepwawet/both to communicate with it and send it back where it needed to be. It left, and there has been no stalking shadows on the back patio ever since.
But it has made me more relucant to delve deeper into those relationships, because it might not be wanted, I haven’t been invited, and I don’t know the language, anyway. So I don’t really feel like I have any right to those relationships to land and country, nor would I chase them. My path is sufficient enough as it is without them, and I would rather stick to what I know, rather than stumble through and potentially upset things by trampling further on those native cultures.
So yeah, that’s about as much as Earth relates to my path, tbh. It’s mostly relevant to my druidic stuff, but that’s about it. I’m just not that much of an Earth-centred pagan. I’m sure others get a lot out of it, but to me, I’m more focussed on my gods, tbh.