A Druid’s Guide to Connecting with Nature, Part V: Nature Reciprocity

The Druid's Garden

The principle of « seven generations » comes to us from the Iroquois nation, where is considered to be the « Great Law of the Iroquois. »  This principle said that each decision that was made needed to consider not just the immediate future but the 7th generation, those yet unborn. This principle has become closely tied with modern sustainability movements, where there is a growing understanding that for any society and ecosystem to endure, they must be treated in a way that nurtures and sustains, rather than pillages and depletes. This is a fairly radical idea to a Western culture, where concepts like manifest destiny and the relentless pursuit of growth that have driven westerners literally spent centuries pillaging the land, colonizing new places, driving out native peoples, stripping forests bare, and so forth. This idea of recirpocation is essentially foreign to most growing up in the shadows of that exploitative past.

Land and ocean worth protecting! Land…

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Rest in Peace, Princess Priss

Beautiful tribute ❤

Other Worlds

Priss died last night. It was sudden and we were there with her.

She was our last girl from the trio of ratties we first adopted more than two and a half years ago from RSPCA Salford.

She was a pain in the bum and we loved her. She was full of mischief, and had the softest fur imaginable. She outlived her sisters, Leeloo and Ripley by several months; she was over eighty in rat years.
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Priss was a very clever ratty. She was curious but also, sometimes, very cautious. She inspired the character of Preen, the grey Ship Rat, who is shyer than her sisters, and also smart and affectionate.

When I started writing the books, Preen was a scaredy-rat. The first time we tried to handle her, she jumped out of out hands and nutted the fridge. She then ran under the freezer and it took a…

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A Druid’s Guide to Connecting With Nature, Part IV: Nature Reverence

The Druid's Garden

Respect.  Honor.  Reverence.  Admiration–these words are often used to describe people, in our lives, afar, or in history that we hold in high regard.  But these same words can also be used to describe many druids’ feelings towards the living earth–plants, animals, oceans, rivers, forests, trees, natural wonders, insects, mycelium–the soil web of all life.  The world is a wonderous, incredible place, and those of us who follow a path of nature-based and nature-rooted spirituality recognize this. Reverence is having deep resepect for something, treating it with value and worth. Those of us who are drawn to druidry and nature-based spirituality inherently have reverence to the living earth–it is part of what sets us on this path and encourages us in this direction. But as we deepen our spiritual connection with nature, I believe that our reverence also deepens over time.

A beaver dam in the early fall at Parker Dam State Park, Pennsylvania A beaver dam in the early fall at Parker…

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Sunshine Blogger Award – part two: Revenge of the Son of the Sunshine Blogger award – the sequel.

The Arty Plantsman

a6422ee986c040643cefc0132b62d852.jpgDominique from 3C Style has nominated me for another one of these 🙂

I do always appreciate your thinking of me Dominique my friend, thank you, and your questions are fun! It is a year since we met on WP and our friendship means the world to me.

Thank the blogger who nominated you.  Thank you Dominique.
Use the “Sunshine Blogger Award” logo on your post. – See above
Answer the 11 questions the selector asks of you. – Provided you don’t expect serious answers
Nominate 5-11 bloggers you want to give the award to. – Sorry – can’t do this – messes with my head too much!.
Ask the following bloggers that you selected 11 questions of your own. OK

Dominique’s questions and my responses.

1. On which side of the bed do you sleep?

Usually on the left, on my side, facing outwards but am happy either…

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Introduction to Wildcrafting and Foraging, Part I: Equipment, Resources, What to Learn, and Timing

The Druid's Garden

I’ve been spending a lot of time talking about various wild foods and other kinds of wildcrafting and foraging on this blog, and I wanted to talk today about the principles of wildcrafting and ethical foraging more broadly. This post is the first in a series of two that focuses on introducing the reader to how to effectively wildcraft/forage, and is built upon my extensive experiences foraging and wildcrafting, which I have been doing in some form since childhood, but which I took up quite seriously about 7 years ago. This post offers definitions, supply lists, resources, what and how to learn, and information on timing. My second post in this series will discuss locations, avoiding environmental pollutants, and ethics.

Deep in the blueberry bog--an abundant harvest! Deep in the blueberry bog–an abundant harvest!

Defining Wildcrafting and Foraging

Defining Wildcrafting: Wildcrafting is a modern term for an ancient practice. For as long as humanity has existed, we…

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Virtual Purge

Bonnie Kelso - Author & Illustrator

IMG_3292The other working title of this post is « Why I left Facebook. » 

This is not written with the intention of starting a debate on the vices or virtues of Facebook. In fact, I am only beginning my virtual purge with Facebook, because it has historically preoccupied the most of my energy. Even when I’m not « on it » for long periods, it doesn’t seem to matter. Someone might say, « I’m sure you saw what I posted on Facebook, » and then I  would be reminded that I am a part of it even if I’m not actively engaging with it.

I had a student a few years ago who told me she wasn’t on Facebook and had no intention of creating an account. I remember how envious I was of her. I remember saying, « Wow, I wish I could go off it, but I need it for my business. » I think that’s…

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Introduction to Wildcrafting and Foraging, Part II: Places to Gather, Ethical Harvesting, Avoiding Pollution, and Foraging as Spiritual Practice

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This is my second in a two-part series on how to wildcraft and forage successfully. The first post dealt with supplies for foraging, resources and how to learn the skills, and understanding timing. This post will talk about places to gather, avoiding contaminants in the landscape, the ethics of harvesting, and the spiritual side to foraging and wildcrafting.

Where You Gather: Kinds of Property

Wild blueberry bushes in a bog! Wild blueberry bushes in a bog!

Wildcrafting obviously requires you to go out into the land and find what you need. There are different kinds of places you can go—your own backyard/land, parks, abandoned lots, friends’ land, and so on. Each location has some benefits and as you start wildcrafting and foraging, you will find your own spots that you will return to again and again and again. Here are some of the kinds of places that I go:

My own land. Since I know…

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Builders Bums

The Arty Plantsman

Yes, after all the highbrow quotes and things last week I thought maybe I should balance it out by lowering the tone a little. There is a geeky plant post here somewhere. Bear with me*

*not ‘bare’.  Well actually you can if you like, I’m easy.

According to Wiktionary:

bbThis raises several questions to an inquiring mind like mine:

  • Why only Britain and New Zealand (with a grudging mention of the US equivalent)? Do builders in other parts of the world have no bottoms? Better behaved trousers? Capital punishment for mooning? What?
  • Why is it just builders? Is having frictionless hips that don’t hold the trousers up some genetic trait unique to Homo sapiens var constructus ?
  • Do builders get special underwear to achieve this look, as well as high visibility jackets and hard hats?
  • Is it some kind of male dominance display one wonders? Kind of like baboons…

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