There’s a lot of noise at the moment.

It can be hard to hear the Voice of Nature amongst all of the shouting voices.

As I read the news this morning I was informed about all of the ‘uncertainty’ in the financial markets. Property plans shutting down, investors feeling concerned, a lack of ‘confidence’. There are those who feel that this is all a good thing. That the markets, including the housing markets, need to be corrected. It reminded me of the great song by Chris Wood called The Grand Correction.

I hope you listened to that. Recorded quite a few years ago the song holds a lot of truth, as music often does.

One of the things I’ve noticed over the years is when things get tough, people look to their spirituality to help them through. It’s a natural thing for us to do. My Druidry needs to help me be a more balanced and connected human being, but it also gives me the tools I need to be able to step out of the noise and literally see the woods for the trees. This ability to have a foot in both worlds is invaluable.

Then there is the Otherworld.

I’ve heard some say that the veil between the worlds is thinning again. That there is already some ‘bleed’ between us and this is causing more people to have unexplainable experiences. There have always been those places where the Otherworld feels closer, but I have read and heard of many more strange encounters than usual. I really don’t want to get bogged down in the idea of some Pagan ‘End times’ theory. I’m sure if you asked people from every age past there would be those who said theirs was the worst. People who lived through the two World Wars, civil wars, famine and the plague, invasions, I’m sure there were many in those times who thought the world was coming to an end. But it didn’t. So I don’t think this apparent ‘bleed’ is anything directly to do with politics, terrorists, or the state of the financial industry.

However, like I said above, when people are stressed they tend to turn more to their spiritual paths, reaching out for stability, connection, reassurance, community. If our ears are yearning to tune out the noise of the human world, it goes that we will probably hear the songs of the Otherworld within the sounds of the moving leaves. If our eyes are turning away from newspapers and Facebook we are more likely to see the invisible hands touching the corn field, or the strange figure standing behind the standing stone. I think those things have always been there, it’s just that more of us are noticing them because we are open to them.

So no End Times here.

The Winter Solstice always follows Samhain.