One Ocean, One Earth

I have seen a number of discussions on Pagan Internet forums about whether the Gods can travel. Suggesting that the old British Pagan Gods are tribal and therefore linked solely to a particular piece of land. The most obvious being Herne with Windsor forest and Ceridwen with Lake Bala in Wales.

Since I’ve been here in Australia I’ve been open to this idea. As we’ve travelled the land I’ve been receptive to the spiritual energy of this Singing Land, asking it to share itself with me, to tell me it’s stories. The voices I’ve heard have been beautiful, awesome, but also familiar.

When we stood in the Bush surrounded by huge gum trees I heard the voices of the land and


the Woodland Spirit. When I stood with my feet in the warm ocean the Ancestral Spirit of the Sea sung me its song. It has been an honour to hear them, and the thing that struck me is that, even so far from home, the Spirits of Woodland and Ocean had the same voices as Herne and Manawydan.

It’s obvious really. There is no seperation between the water I paddled in here in Australia and the English Channel other than the human construct of name – it is the same water. The land I walk upon is the same Earth merely


separated by that water mass. Of course the Woodland Spirit of Australia would feel like the Woodland Spirit of Britain.

As I spoke to the Bush and the Sea I heard familiar voices reply


to me. The same voices I speak to in the UK, just with different names. Our Pagan Gods don’t operate by our imposed regulations. They don’t need to make a 22 hour journey to Australia. All we need to do is be open and listen to the Land. So for me the discussion of whether the Gods travel is answered with a quite obvious ‘they dont need to, they live here already!’.

By | 2009-11-27T12:03:42+00:00 November 27th, 2009|Categories: druidry, paganism, religion|3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Ellen-Mary November 28, 2009 at 2:34 am - Reply

    Lovely!

  2. Paul "Fionn" November 28, 2009 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Dahm. Acknowledging this is important. Living in the southwestern part of the US and adhering to Druidism, I’ve had to explore the archetypes of this region (being the same as in the UK, of course). Thank you for your views on this important issue.

    May the Green Man continue to bless you and yours.

    Paul “Fionn”

  3. Bronzewing December 2, 2009 at 1:05 am - Reply

    So true. I once had a meditation where a bunyip took me deep down into a billabong here and brought me back up in a loch in Scotland, and it had turned into a Kelpie under the water. Yes the energy here is a bit different, but maybe the gods slow down in the heat too. 🙂

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