Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Connecting With the Land (Or Not)

Merry meet once more.

Over the past couple of weeks I have been doing a lot of travelling around visiting family and close friends prior to moving abroad and I've had the opportunity to visit new places as well as revisit old stomping grounds.

I love going to new areas and exploring the history and traditions, so I was looking forward to gong to Wales for the first time, where my in-laws have just moved to get away from suburbia.  Wow!  They have certainly got away from it all.  They have bought a lovely large home just south of the Brecon Beacons, and the view from their lounge is breathtaking.  Taking our dog for a walk was a total joy as wherever we went it was so quiet and peaceful, and there were lots of butterflies and birds to keep us company in the wooded areas, while Swansea beach was almost deserted and dog-friendly even in August.

So I was rather surprised to find that I didn't have the emotional or spiritual connection to the land I was hoping for.  It wasn't from lack of trying; I was able to connect with the energy of a waterfall at an old tin mine - boy did it invigorate me; while on a lovely walk through a country park in the grounds of a former stately home I was able to ground and centre and allow the calm to envelop me (pretty good going when walking with my husband, his parents and two excited dogs!) and the scenery pretty much everywhere was beautiful.  It just didn't speak to me.

I've had this before, of course.  Despite growing up in Surrey I never felt connected to the land even after I started learning The Craft, yet when I moved to Devon I was able to find a way to work with the energies. Similarly when we moved to Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire there was nothing, yet when we moved to Suffolk I felt the land was welcoming me back even though I'd not really visited the area and have no familial links as far as I know.  So you can never really tell, I guess.

I'm looking forward to moving to see how the energies differ, if at all.  I'll be closer to the sea again, but with different traditions from the local cultures, I'm open to seeing what lessons I can learn and maybe even incorporate into my rituals.  It will certainly be a spiritual adventure, and I look forward to sharing it with you.

Blessed be )0(