It is now nearly a week since the Scottish Referendum in which I was privileged to be able to vote in. The level of engagement up here was something that I certainly haven’t experienced before in all the years I have been eligible to vote (approx 33 years) and the actual turn out of close to 85% is something I don’t think I will see again in my lifetime.
Early in the campaign, I was particularly impressed with the perspectives being promoted by Patrick Harvie, Co-Convenor of the Scottish Greens. So much so, that for the first time since the late 1980’s, I actually joined a political party. I was impressed and engaged in the vision the Green Party was proposing and at the time of the actual polling day, I was happy to vote Yes, not for a nationalistic framework, but for one which was focused on creating a different and more equal society. It wasn’t a difficult choice for me, having long been disassociated from Westminster politics and its career politicians.
The result on Friday therefore, was a disappointment but not a complete surprise. The politics of fear always are a strong factor in the way people vote and I’m convinced the uncertainties raised by the No campaign along with the blanket negative coverage from the main stream media eventually got the result Westminster thought was going to be easy to achieve when first agreeing to the Edinburgh agreement.
Leaving aside the politics, I became aware on the same day of the result, of a feeling of unease. I have had this feeling regularly now, on and off, for over 20 years. And I now recognise what it represents. The communities and entities that I am in relationship with through my Druidry are making themselves known. This usually creates an unsettling feeling within me and by the end of the day, I was convinced I had voted for the last time in any election for at least ten years. Because of the result and the energies that were present, I was wanting to disconnect myself from future elections.
I mentioned this when I got home from work that day and my partner and fiancée was somewhat surprised that I had gone from someone who was engaged in the political process to someone who now wanted to disengage immediately. Fortunately, I am now sufficiently aware to recognise that the situation would change in the near future as the intentions behind the connections clear. After a couple of days, I was aware that I was in connection with the land. At this point I should clarify that within my own Druidry, I consider the land, through years of interactions, to be a sentient being in itself.
I realised that it was the land that was in communication with me. The land was in need of healing was the first cohesive wording that I got. I am quite active on Facebook with several Druid groups along with other pagan sites and my fiancée and myself co-admin the Scottish Druids Facebook page. I felt compelled to put out an appeal for people to consider helping the land heal. Which is precisely what I did but it still didn’t “feel” like I had nailed this correctly. So I had some discussions with my fiancée and between us, we manged to get a more precise interpretation.
In my experience, the land is quite capable of healing physical damage to itself. That doesn’t mean we should sit back and allow the damage to happen in the cause of profit and exploitation but nature holds the “final card” and is quite capable of ridding itself of the parasitic infestion it is suffering called humanity. What the land was wanting help with though, was dealing with the non physical storms being generated at this time in different areas of the world and in this specific case, Scotland. Humanity is causing these non physical storms and therefore, humanity has within its power, the ability to help negate them.
This is what I now understand was the motivation behind this latest interaction. A call for help. And as such, as a Druid, I cannot and will not ignore it. I have my own rituals that I use to connect with the land and I know that over the winter, I will be performing them in various locations throughout Scotland in an effort to create change to help disperse these non physical storms. I would, therefore, invite all of you who happen to read this, to consider what you can do, within your own context, in helping with this endeavour.