Over the last two years I have seen more and more people return to the old ways, whether the pandemic and continuous lockdowns has triggered something inside of us, or maybe it was something else, I honestly don’t know, but something has happened.
One question I hear a lot is “How do I connect to the Gods and nature if I live in a city?”
One of the best ways to connect to the Gods and the nature spirits is to go out and actually be in nature.
I guess I am lucky in the respect that I am about 20 minutes walk away from the sea if I walk to the East and about 45 minutes walk away from the woods if I walk in a Northerly direction.
Now, I am no expert in this but, I do have a few things that you could try if you live in a city and want to connect with the Gods and/or nature.
Nature is everywhere. The first thing you need to realise is that nature and the Gods are everywhere. Even if you find yourself in a grey concrete jungle, nature will still be there, even if it is just in a tuft of grass poking out from the side of a path or a small bush which has forced it’s way through a wall. Nature always finds a way..
The landvaetre (nature spirits) can look after anything from a couple of blades of grass to whole acres of land and more. Even the breeze or wind that you feel on your face is nature and her air spirits. Nature is everywhere.
You also have the option of visiting a local park, if there is one that’s not too far away. One thing you could do is walk around the park and look for a tree or a bush which seems to stand out from the others, or something you just feel a connection to.
Once you have found your plant, tree rock.. what ever it is, Simply walk up to it, put your hands on it, feel it’s texture, is it smooth, rough? Is it cold or warm? After a while just sit next to it, close your eyes (if it’s safe to do so) and feel the energy of what ever it is flowing through you, down your body and out of your feet, in to the ground.
Before you leave you can always leave a small gift by what ever it is you have been sat next to, thanking them for their company and saying that you will be back again.
Now, don’t be surprised if nothing happens for the first few visits, or even longer, just think, the spirit of the plant/tree or what ever it is, your sat next to, is going to need to get to know you first, this can take a while depending on the spirit in question.
If you’re not lucky enough to have a garden or a park near by don’t stress, you could always create a small green patch by buying a few house plants and setting them together in a table or windowsill in one area of your house. If you have an alter you could have a few plants on or near it.
There is always a way to make that connection of you think outside of the box, it’s just a matter of finding something that works for you.
Good luck in your searching,