There's a lot of folks out there who are involved in the year-end/year-beginning stuff of releasing and embracing. With all the holiday activity that goes on from the end of November on through to now, I rarely have a moment to myself to do all that navel-gazing and soul searching. Such a moment presented itself to me yesterday when I noted, for the third day in a row, I'd shuffled out The Ancestor of The Wildwood Tarot. In the book I noticed also reference to Elen of the Ways, a deity never heard of before.
|This photo found here.|
According to Caroline Wise's article, Elen of the Ways is a deity of the land and the balancing of its energies and is the guardian of ley lines, of migratory paths of reindeer and elk. Yet another connection for me as I have a deep love of Nature. There are places near where I live that feel liminal and sacred. For instance, stepping from my property in the North, past fence posts that run East to West, the land feels different under my feet and I am in Sacred Space. The shift is barely perceptible unless one is paying attention, but it is there. Once in that space, I feel a deep connection to the environment ~ a little like falling in love every time. There are few words to describe it. Which may be why Elen of the Ways is sometimes the Green Woman, perhaps wild and intuitive, operating on an understanding that has no words or is beyond them.
So. I get to spend the coming year watching this new relationship unfold ~ more time in Nature, more time in the studio. How great is that?
|An image from last night's journal page.|
|My totem painting from 1998 with the|
first collage from The 8 Gates.
Of Gates and Ways.