Mother Nature has been at again. It’s been quite a winter for most here in the U.S. though I’m sure that by now warmer weather has come your way. This year started with record temperatures and snowfall amounts for many. Some people here in the north Georgia area were trapped in their neighborhoods for nearly a week by iced roads. Folks in some of the northern states really were trapped by snow that measured in feet rather than the few inches we experienced here.
Now with all the recent volcanic and tectonic activity as well as the major earthquake and tsunami in Japan, it seems as though Mother Nature has it in for us.
Not really though, it’s just the way the laws of nature work. As Druids, we of all people should understand the basics of nature and learn to exist within Earth’s various events and cycles. One of my favorite triads is:
“There are three people accursed: they who work against the laws of Nature without concern, they who know nothing of the Mighty Ones and do not seek to learn, and they who know much and will not share their knowledge with any other.”
Of particular importance to the subject of this article is the first third of this triad…the section regarding working against Nature. For the most part, we can’t control Nature with the exception of being in a very small environment such as a building or other enclosure.
Acting unsafely or foolishly against Nature can actually curse you, with the possibility of loss of limb or life. The best we can do is to prepare for these cycles and events. Sometimes it’s easy enough, for example, putting on ones coat, hat and gloves to go out into the cold. On the other hand it could be quite difficult too, if for instance you and your family had to evacuate your home for several days because of an impending hurricane or wildfire.
This last March was “National Preparedness Month” and so I took the time to research, via the internet some ideas as how to better ready myself and family should some sort of disaster occur. According to the American Red Cross, folks should have a “72 Hour Kit” or bag…sometimes called a “bug out bag” or B.O.B. I learned that there are important items that every family should keep on hand within the home, that their courses enabling one to assist injured family members and neighbors in the event of a disaster. I won’t go into all the details because your preparations will be unique to you, your location, and your level of experience.
The American Red Cross has various websites addressing these issues. Then too, there’s an organization called “Zombie Squad” that offers some very practical ideas and advice while at the same time lacing it with “zombie humor”. (“Zombies” being a metaphor for disastrous events) Their web address is; www.zombiehunters.org.
Take the time to ready yourself and be “the Druid in the know” as it may save the lives of friends or family should the need arise.
Have a blessed and safe Beltane!