Guardians meet for 2nd clean up.

| March 22, 2005 | 0 Comments
Guardians meet for 2nd clean up.

On Saturday 19th Lenting, the second meeting of the Guardians of the WHS took place. As on previous occasions, we all gathered at the Lower Bell public house car park before making our way up towards the site. Whilst unloading the equipment for the ‘operation, – including wheelbarrows, bin bags, gloves and pickers for the litter picking – we were passed by a group of hikers who asked me what we were doing. Of course, this was a good opportunity to raise the awareness of folk outside the movement about Odinism and in particular, the Guardian’s project as an integral aspect of our movement so, after a short but interesting conversation, they left obviously impressed by the nobility of our work. Further, it was a fantastic example of the way in which the wearing of the Guardians of the WHS T-shirts helps to emphasise the serious nature of our work as an organisation, since this is what prompted the hikers to stop and talk to me in the first instance.

Young Guardians

Young Guardians

We all then set off up the path towards the site itself. Since the area immediately around the actual stone was well cleared and maintained as such by the regular and diligent attention of folk such as Asrad and his family, we went further up the walkway only to be met by a huge pile of litter, rubble plastics, polystyrene and broken glass. The full extent of this monstrosity can be seen in the photographs from the day. This is the sad result of thoughtless morons who either simply cannot be bothered to take their rubbish to a tip, or who refuse to spend the money required for its removal. Apparently, they prefer to pollute Mother Jorth and their children’s health for years to come with their noxious philosophy that deems it’s not their problem once it’s out of sight. The fact is we are all responsible for how we behave and there is quite simply no justification for driving up to an area of outstanding natural beauty and dumping rubbish, when there are tips and rubbish removal facilities available to everyone for a similar level of effort.

Clearing builders waste

Clearing builders waste

Further, when we consider that everything is energy and creates a resonance, it becomes obvious that dumping rubbish is a prime example of a very negative energy indeed. Firstly, at the physical level, it is a danger to wildlife and folk in the area both from the hazard of broken glass and suchlike as well as from the decomposition of the toxic materials dumped- such as plastics and chemicals leaking from batteries etc. These leaking materials enter our water supplies and poison folk through the water they drink; they also encourage hormonal imbalances and immune system deficiencies, which in turn, affect fertility in both sexes and ultimately, the health of the future generation.

Then at another level, rubbish dumping sets up negative thoughts in folk walking past the area: at the very least, it is an eyesore that truly does not make us feel good about our surroundings and in doing so, the less than positive mood produced will affect our own energies negatively; thus, in turn, these will resonate outwards and affect those we come into contact with. And of course, it will encourage an uncaring approach towards the area: some people may even take the attitude that if one person has dumped rubbish without reproach, then so can they and cycles of negative activity will be set up.

More builders waste

More builders waste

However, undeterred by the apparent enormity of the task – as there was also plenty of other litter in the surrounding area – everybody diligently set to work clearing the rubbish, whilst a regular convoy of folk took loaded wheelbarrows and vans full of it down to by the car park ready for removal by the council. Around 2-3 hours later, the area being worked was virtually litter free and the fantastic results can be seen in the photos.

We then all enjoyed a well-earned picnic and barbeque near what became known as the ‘Witches tree.’ This was some sort of decoration of three of the trees in the area, which conceptually, I thought was interesting with its apparent subject theme of the life/death/rebirth cycle. However, it was also a very thoughtlessly created ‘shrine to trash’ with its use of broken glass and other dangerous and artificial materials that not only presented a very real physical danger to wildlife and people – especially children – using the area, but also the predominant energy surrounding it was very negative: if only the effort put into its creation had been of a more positive nature.

The Witch Tree

The Witch Tree

After this well-earned rest, the children enjoyed an Easter egg hunt amongst the trees – the highlight of which was when Asrad was caught wrestling with Hakon for his egg! Finally, we all made our way down to the White Horse Stone where a powerful Ostara Blot was ably led by Asrad and during which time, we celebrated the wonderful achievements of the day. After the blot, we all made our way back to the car park where we witnessed the impact of precisely how much work we had actually done that day: an amazing fifty or so whole bags of rubbish and other assorted rubble were lined up by the fences awaiting collection.

Indeed, this awesome result was not the only achievement that day, as the entire day’s events were a wonderful example of just what can be achieved when people work together for a worthy cause: 22 adults and children working to combine real action, spiritual practise and worship, fun, meeting folk, celebrating Fran’s birthday plus the first anniversary of my profession and enjoying the sunshine into one afternoon is something the Rite can be truly proud of.

We are a very real and practical movement with quality members who ‘walk their talk’ instead of just sitting in armchairs endlessly debating the various nuances of ‘the Lore’ or harping on about past ages. The Odinic Rite are genuine modern-day Odinists who live in the ‘real world’ and advance faith, folk and family in very tangible ways. This is real spiritual practise.

Some of the rubbish

Some of the rubbish

At this point, some folk departed back to their homes whilst others again convened at the Lower Bell pub for a celebratory drink and of course, to surprise Fran with a birthday cake- complete with candles and the traditional birthday song. Then later that evening, Asrad, Ruth and family went way beyond the call of duty to label some of the sacks ready for collection and to ensure the collected rubbish had not been added to by opportunists. Upon returning to their car, the driver of a 4X4 drew up nearby, looked at all the rubbish and said, “I’d like to meet the arsehole that dumped that lot there!” With a big smile Asrad said, “That was me mate! We did that, members of the Odinic Rite collected that rubbish from up the track!” Apparently, this man’s face was a picture and he started eating humble pie straight away! Once again, public awareness of the Odinic Rite and its activities was very positively raised in a chance encounter: as members, we must try to take such opportunities whenever we can.

This was simply one of the best ways of celebrating Ostara and the rebirth of nature at this time of year: to clear her lands of the rubbish that poisons and threatens her to make way for the new awakening of the land is a very practical spiritual act. Litter is not simply a physical eyesore or even just a material poison: it pollutes at all levels with its negativity because it is energy. It affects the energies of those that witness it, who then resonate this to others via their own (now polluted) energy fields and thus it insidiously affects everyone’s perceptions negatively. This is quite apart from the negative energies and blockages it creates in the area. These energies are bound to affect the wildlife at all levels too, since like us, they are sentient creatures. Conversely, a clear area resonates healthful and life-giving energies to all and at all levels, allowing for the free flow of the life force manifesting in the area and thus, it is able to constantly regenerate instead of being stifled. Clearing litter can be done by anyone, whether a single Odinist armed only with gloves and bin bags, or in a full scale operation as with the Guardian’s Project. Every single effort to ensure the well being of Mother Jorth is important – an act of worship – and positive resonances will be created at all levels. It is my hope that individuals and hearths throughout Midgard will be inspired enough by the Guardians Project to consider organising something of a similar nature in their own area.

Before and After 1

Before and After 1

Before and After 2

Before and After 2

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