A Creek Wakes Up

There’s a tiny creek in a park near here that I only discovered last summer. It has experienced restoration and native plant planting (this was once a military base) and certain stretches felt very enspirited. But in my acquaintance so far it had been dry. There have been a number of showers since the end of the last month and a soaking rain the night before last and I wondered if this had already had an impact. So on the way home from work I drove through the park and walked down to the creek. Quick growing plants have cast a soft green cloak over the land, but at first I couldn’t see any flowing water. Then I walked carefully down to the channel and there it was, a ribbon of fast flowing water. A little thrill ran through me. I greeted the creek and introduced myself as formerly it has been in summer sleep. A small sign of a new cycle. A growing relationship.

 

As a Celtic practitioner, I feel watersheds are so important, we need both knowledge of our local watersheds and to make relationships with them. From the ancient cultures we can know that rivers, streams, lakes, springs and wells were goddesses and spirits; this is certainly a key to seeing how the land should be viewed as sacred, the very water that gives it life alive and worthy of worship. Living in a dry land perhaps I am especially reverent around water. But I believe this is an important foundation in Celtic land ethics. And for those of us in the diaspora one that might take some effort.

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What It Means…(Pele’s Home)

This is what it means to truly respect the wishes of immanent deities, in this case the volcano Goddess Pele. Her lava has been flowing at the edge of the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawai’i (an island where I spend a lot of time, having family there–and got back from a few days ago). At a town meeting, Native Hawaiians urged folks who hoped for some kind of lava diversion engineering to

“Be grateful, they said, that you got to live on her land for the time that you did. And welcome her.

“Pele doesn’t work like that,” said one woman. “We are home preparing for an important guest.”

Pele lives here, and she suffers people’s presence, she said. It’s all well and good for outsiders to come in and print up and sign deeds awarding the land to themselves, buying and selling. But “we will never own our land. This is Pele’s home,” the speaker said. And given that, one does not come in and tell Pele where she can go.

“If she feels that she needs to clean her house, then let her clean her house,” said another woman of Pele.”

Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/10/29/video-native-hawaiians-explain-why-goddess-pele-and-her-lava-are-welcome-guests-pahoa
 
We have a lot to learn.
Downtown Pahoa
Downtown Pahoa
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