Stand here in this primeval woodland, where dense mists are silently stirred by your presence. See these sacred groves; where under the holy trees fairies and elves once danced in circles making magic, weaving spells.
Only those chaste and pure of spirit are aware of their nearness now, only the respectful can sense the enchantment that remains. You must be still in body and soul to perceive their intentions. They wish not to harm or ruin; rather to honor and defend this hallowed ground you stand on. With ancient unbroken spells invoked long time past they ward off the profane, the foreign, the unenlightened.
Listen, take heed to their warnings. Secure for your protection their favor. They have not left entirely, only withdrawn back to the earth that brought them forth. They have retreated back to the forests and groves that bore them. They are waiting patiently, watching for the foolish and simple to remember and in remembrance become wise and respectful once again. Only then will they show themselves and dance in the sacred groves again, only then will the forest ring out with their glad songs and magic will be hidden no longer from mankind.
The ancients had a respect for the earth that modern mankind has discarded. Their daily lives were filled with awe in observing the cyclic rhythm that nature presented to them.
Modern man has explained away the awesomeness of nature and life. Science has taken away the fear and wonder of nature’s ways. We scoff at the idea of our Mother Earth being a living entity. We rely on modern ways to nurture and sustain us. We read the myths and folklore and say, “how silly to believe such things”.
Yet, nature still gets our attention when hurricanes and earthquakes grab the headlines. I believe it is time to listen to the voices of these “myths” and the “folklore” of our ancestors and in doing so, hear what they’re saying.
Respect for our home, gratitude for the earth’s bounty, fear for the earth’s awesome power, this is the message we would hear.
I wrote this after contemplating the ancient earth-based religions of my ancestors. I wondered what they would feel and think about the modern day issue of pollution and what they would do to correct the abuses of earth that we more “enlightened” folk take for granted.