“Of Love and Land Spirits” (maybe NSFW)

My new contribution to A Sense of Place is up.  An excerpt:

Not everyone may be able to see them. Maybe some people cannot. Some people say we don’t need to see them at all, or speaking of them this way is wrong. Some people even say they don’t exist.

I think they do.  I’ve seen them, or as best as I can so far.  This is not just the province of the mystic or the seer, it is also the art of the Bard, who shows others not just how something can be seen, but that it exists both with and without us. This is the agency of the magician, this is how we world the earth.

I mention my friend Eric Wallen’s experience in the piece.  He’s been working with the spirits of land in an area of northern California.  Sudden Oak-Death is annihilating the forests on the hills around him, and he’s had several experiences attempting to communicate the pain of the spirits.

He’s also an artist, and created this piece while working with that land.  He described the experience of this figure thusly:

“This being insisted I draw him. The urgency of his message and forcefulness that he came thru has prompted me to send this image out beyond my small world. “

So this is my attempt to help it get a bit beyond his “small world.”

ERIC WALLEN  Wake The Fuck UP! 12 X 16 2013 1240 kb

His info:

copyright 2013 Eric Wallen
(full size archival prints are for sale.)

Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Alison Leigh Lilly’s gorgeous take on the myth of Gwydion and Blodeuwedd: The Goddess, the Broom and the Barred Owl

About rhyd wildermuth

An intractable tea-swilling punk, queer hooligan, and dream-soaked leftist bard, Rhyd Wildermuth has left bits of his heart(h) everywhere—in a satyr’s den in Berlin, hanging from an elder tree over a holy well in Bretagne, scattered in back alleys of Seattle, and lost somewhere in the bottom of his rucksack. He’s devoted to Welsh gods, breathes words, makes candles, plays recorder, fumbles with tech, and refuses ever to learn to drive. His main blog is: paganarch.com. View all posts by rhyd wildermuth

One response to ““Of Love and Land Spirits” (maybe NSFW)

  • Mr randy bobcat

    RE THE ARTWORK
    Thansk again Rhyd for showing my work. I was so excited upon finishing that piece. I REALLY THOUGHT while tilting at my most perfect widmills that the Cyclops image that honestly was channeled experience would inevitably change the world. Sadly and crushingly, His message hasnt yet,

    My new email is randybobcat@gmail.com Please tell me how awesome or loathsome his image is if the work moved you.

    I will be leaving the gmail megalithic empire soon enough, but in the meantime I’m happy to have rejected Microsofts attempts to get yet more personal information from me in order to keep my email addresses accessable to myself.
    I told Hotmail to honor the US Constitution, to actually respect personal privacy rights. IF enough of us do that they may become concerned about receding advertizing dollars due to lower site traffic. They might even grow some balls and stand up to their Big But So Self Deceived Brother.

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