Sunday, 24 April 2011

Connecting With The Land

When we moved into our new house, it really was a blank canvas.  Neutral decor inside and a basic garden of patio and poor quality lawn meant we had free reign to do whatever we wanted - as long as we returned it to the state we received it in when we move out, as per military housing regulations - but sometimes it's hard to see the full potential in such an unloved and mistreated piece of land.

Fast forward a few weeks and we've finally made a start on the garden.  As anything we plant has to be removed when we move out, only the biggest plants have been planted out of necessity; the rest of our garden will have to be in pots.  We now have a new herb garden, with herbs selected for culinary and magickal purposes, which is now established and being harvested, as well as a selection of plants to attract butterflies and bees.  Like all gardens, it's an ongoing project, but with the beautiful weather we've been having I felt it was time I formally introduced myself to the spirits of the land and ask for their co-operation as we work the land.

At this point, I have to give thanks and full credit to Marie Bruce and her book "How To Create A Magical Home", as it was in her book that I found the perfect ritual that I could adapt for my use.  After meditating for a while and absorbing the new scents and sounds around me, I lit a candle and some incense, introduced myself to the land spirits and stated my intentions to protect and love the land I was responsible for.  I then made an offering to show thanks and let the incense burn down.  Interestingly, I found a small spider spinning threads in my hair, which I gave thanks for and took as a sign of acknowledgement and protection.

Since I performed this ritual earlier, I have felt such peace; something has definitely changed subtly and I look forward to repeating the ritual inside the house later.  I just hope that when we move on and a new family takes over the guardianship of this piece of land, they will feel the love that we will have put into our home.

Blessed be )0(