Three years ago I went to England and married the land inside of Stonehenge…I had just finished a 3 year course in Druidry with the Green Mountain Druid Order and visiting sacred sites in the UK was our graduation trip. I like to refer to our 15 day trip as the Pinball Wizards tour of Sacred Sites. I call it this because we visited stone circles and holy wells throughout England and Wales in a high speed, energetic miasma that seemed out of time and space. We drove throughout the countryside in a 12 passenger van listening to Hindy music, often visiting multiple stone circles & holy wells daily. I had overwhelming personal experiences that confirmed for me that the land had accepted my proposal. (Read my blog article the Cloutie tree if you want to hear more about my personal experience). This trip took place over Beltaine as it is a traditional time in which one does such things.
As a Druid I follow a Nature based Spiritual practice in which I see all life as sacred and myself as a steward of the planet. In simple terms, I believe God/Goddess is in everything and everyone and the Earth/Gaia is my temple. Marrying the land is an ancient practice in which one is bonded to the land, similar to a priest giving vows to the Divine, when you Marry the land you make promises to the Earth as a caretaker and partner. The practice of Marrying the land can be followed back to the ancient Celts, whose Kings made a practice of bonding the land. Along with the Kings and their high seats the peasant folk too married the land, most traditionally at Beltaine.
My vows to the Earth are ever evolving, like any marriage they change with time. I personally am not much of a gardener so my vows rely little on me planting things and the like. I see my voice as the most important thing I have to offer my Bride. I believe by spreading the importance of being ecologically conscious and educating others I am serving my love in the way I best can. I make personal vows to be respectful, to be conservative in my use and to remember always to think about the impact of my actions. The Native Americans had it right…what we do will effect the next 7 generations. We need to start thinking like that every day. What we do does impact the Earth, our home and the generations of our children that follow us.
Today on Beltaine I am reminded of my commitment to Gaia/Earth and my love of the world I walk upon. I am appreciating the