Earth Wisdom by Glennie Kindred

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Mar 062018
 

Glennie Kindred has walked her talk for decades in exploring deeper connections with nature, and helping others to do so. Honouring the Celtic seasonal festivals is part of her approach, and her earlier book, Earth Cycles of Celebration, is my favourite guide to them.

This book is in two parts. The first offers various ways to deepen your dialogue with the Earth, and with spirits of the land. The second is a detailed guide to ways to celebrate each of the eight Celtic festivals.

In Part one, I especially like her section on ways to deepen your rapport with trees. Although I’ve been doing this for 25 years, I still learned from this book. For example, the staff carried by a wise woman or sage man is a way they stay connected to the power and wisdom of the tree it came from.

Glennie has created many ceremonies over the years, and this book offers a valuable summary of her approach, including how to create a structure, and ways to invoke the support of the elements (earth, air, fire, and water).

She also describes the phases of the moon and their qualities in more detail than I’ve seen before, with eight phases, such as the Balsamic or Waning crescent moon: a time for letting go and transformation.

For each Celtic festival, Glennie describes its qualities and significance in the cycle of the year, and suggests forms of celebration. She also links each festival with a specific tree and describes its symbolism and healing qualities.
The book is much enriched by the magic illustrations, also by Glennie.

ISBN 978-1-84850-480-6
Published by Hay House UK Ltd.
www.hayhouse.co.uk

WHAT MAKES A WILD BOAR WILD?

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Dec 092017
 

 

This true tale of animal passion comes from a showpiece of sustainable forestry in the Scottish Highlands, a project which I visited on a trip last year. Boar and pigs were part of many traditional forestry systems all over Britain.

 

 

 

 

Alan feeding the so-called wild boar

In this case, the cunning plan was to reintroduce them to help control rampant bracken. At considerable expense, a high wire and low electric fence were erected, enclosing about 30 acres.
Female boars were imported to this enclosure, and started grubbing away at the bracken. However, it was decided that they also needed man-made feed to ensure their health. The whole scheme sounded dodgy to me when I was invited to “feed the wild boar” whilst visiting.

Having gone to all this trouble, a new wildlife survey revealed that the surrounding area had a sizable population of genuinely wild boar, who were doing fine without imported feed. In fact, the wildest boar in this tangled tale are the male boars around the enclosure. Rangers found evidence of them desperately trying to get in…

One has to suspect that this huge, expensive human intervention into the life of the wild boar was unnecessary, and ill advised. There may be a more general lesson here, of thinking through consequences very carefully before we try to “restore” natural ecosystems.

I suspect that a referendum among the inhabitants of the enclosure would produce a 100% vote for union with the wild natural world around them!