Imbolc Valentine Moon
John Ackerman died recently. He was my last spiritual director. As I described to him during one session my growing passion for matters earthly and Celtic, he said, “Well, maybe you should be a Druid.” John had a bit of a cynic’s edge to him and I was well outside the fold of our mutual Presbyterianism, but his offhand, perhaps sarcastic thought stuck with me. That was 1986, 1987.
When Kate and I married and I left the ministry, I focused on Celtic thinking and history, especially finding the idea of the great wheel a powerful tool for organizing my life. As gardening/horticulture came to occupy more and more of my time, the merging of the Celtic work with the earth work called John’s quip to mind.
No, I didn’t want to be a Druid, but I did begin to understand my faith journey, my religious journey as more informed by the soil, by the plants than by the Bible or any other sacred text. The evolution of that realization has now had over 25 years to grow deeper and more clear.
See the newly added About material here for information about how Great Wheel will continue and, I hope, expand that work.