Carbon and other heavy elements forged in the heat of dying stars scattered across the universe, coalescing into planets and worlds. On one such world, liquid water and the light of its nearest star combined to form the conditions for amino acids to form, coming together in new configurations. Somehow, through a process as yet unknown, these simple forms became something more complex: life.
Life flourished and evolved, developing and branching in infinite diversity, becoming bacteria, plants, animals, and stranger creatures still. From the depths of the oceans, life began to spread, and took to the land and to the skies. Through the epic pilgrimage of evolution, life found a way, and over billions of years, evolved into endless forms most beauiful and most wonderful. Including me, and you.
Science reveals the wonders of our origins and our place in the cosmos. Druidry has no literal, dogmatic creation myth or cosmology that requires us to ignore or deny science, it allows us to open ourselves to the beauty and wonder of all the processes that led to this moment, here, now.
Druidry carries hints of the cosmology that may have been held by the ancient Druids and pre-Druidic peoples: the stone circles aligned to the solstices and equinoxes suggest an advanced understanding of astronomy and our place in the cosmos, while myth and story speak of our bond with other animals and with the land.
One feature of Druidic cosmology is the interconnection of the three realms of land, sea and sky. These elements, and the liminal spaces where they meet and tremble together, are not mythical worlds, they exist in this world and we are part of them. While Celtic myths often also speak poetically of other realms, underworlds and fairylands, it is the triple spiral of land, sea and sky that forms the heart of my Druidry.
Druid cosmology re-members our connection with the stuff of life: the land where we live, the waters around us, the sky above us. We are not separate from these: the land becomes our food, our bodies are mostly water, we breathe the air. And when we die, our bodies return to the earth, giving back our borrowed elements to be recycled into new forms, new lives.
We are star-stuff and we are earth-stuff. We are nature, knowing and experiencing itself.
[Prompt from Alison Leigh Lilly’s 30 Days of Druidry]