Archive | April, 2013

Keeping the energy

14 Apr

A couple weeks ago I was on holidays in London for a few days visiting relatives as well as attending a trainers certification workshop for HEMA. Had a really lovely time catching up with my relatives as well as getting to visit some of the great museums of London. While I was there though I did notice some interesting things in the feel of the air around me. My home city is very old and parts of it still have that feel. For people who are sensitive to it the energies of the land can be quite obviously felt when walking around. Further in our public parks there is a feel of “residents” be that the energy of trees, the land or other Folk that might be there. Not all the parks, but the oldest ones do definitely have an awareness to the energy in them, this I’m sure is partially due to the semi-wild state of these parks. While they have lovely manicured lawns and nicely laid out flower beds there are also areas of hedging and trees where lots of fauna live. Depending on where in my city you are and the time of day you might easily see foxes, squirrels, badges (late at night) or even raptors such as sparrowhawks. I have even seen buzzards while in some of the suburbs and near the rivers and canals in my city I have lost count of the number of times I have seen herons on top of the usual ducks and swans. So I’m sure this abundant wild life in my city is a definite factor in the energetic feel of it but the age of the sites I’m referring to is also a factor.

While I was in England I was curious how/if I would sense similar energies as London is such an ancient city. On the Thursday that I landed I spent some time walking around Hyde Park. A lovely space in the heart of London but energetically it felt like walking in a giant garden and that does appear to be all it is. There is some wildlife in the park but it definitely did not have any sense of “awake energies”. On my last day there however I went for a walk around Hampton Court Palace with my relatives. For those of you not familiar stealing straight from the wiki entry 

Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace in the London Borough of Richmond upon ThamesGreater London, and the historic county of Middlesex; . . . .  It was originally built for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a favourite of King Henry VIII, circa 1514; in 1529, as Wolsey fell from favour, the palace was passed to the King, who enlarged it. 

We didn’t enter the palace but rather walked around the grounds that were free to the public as well as the canal beside it and Bushy Park across the road. While walking around this area I felt an energy that was definitely not present in Hyde Park. It was not strong, more like someone half-asleep. But there was a definite presence of the land being somewhat awake. Considering the similarities between the two areas, particularly the two Parks it did have me wondering. 

Hampton Court was a royal residence till 18th Century but is still associated with the British Royal family somewhat (at least in the minds of the visitors) and this had me thinking. Hyde Park was largely swallowed up by London and while it has always been a favorite of Londoners it does still feel like a big garden. But what about a Royal association? Throughout European History there was a belief in the divine right to rule and in pre-christian times certain European Cultures especially the Celtic ones believed that the King was married to the land to gain his sovereignty. Perhaps this would explain somewhat the differences in energies. Regardless of the current religious beliefs of the inhabitants of the country there is still often an association between Royalty and the country they are sovereigns of. 

I think that is could explain the different energies in different parts of area. While one is more of a suburb than the other both sites had a similar history but with slightly different associations (Hyde Park was opened to the public in the 17th century) and as such I think it should be expected that the energy of the land would react differently in each place. I don’t think it’s a simple case of energy changing because of use but rather the land going asleep because of a disconnect.

Within Pagan circles the disconnect of modern peoples is often referred to but I think even for those who practice there can be a missing out on the deeper connections which can be made. With practice one can get a sense of the spirits of the trees and spaces around us but what about a sense of the land sensing you?? This is something I have experienced many times in my native country during various ritual practices but also in everyday life. However in order to maintain this relationship I think it important to “use” the land in the appropriate fashion.

Leaving offerings for the spirits of sites is something I would do when appropriate and is not exclusive to when I am out visiting a neolithic monument (in fact I never do that out of respect for the archaeology). Rather I’m referring to the bowl of milk and honey left outside the courtyard of my apartment building  or the glass of whiskey poured into the garden. In these instances I am changing my relationship with the land around me. Instead of treating it as the place I live or work around it becomes a shared space between me and the energies of the space itself. Maybe if similar changes in the “use” of the land were made by more of us we would all feel a re-connection being made?