By Isabella @TheWandCarver
Today we begin Mabon and celebrate in many ways. Let us not forget why we celebrate. Which leads me to “Can we celebrate”? Of course, I needed to find out.
One of the first shocking headlines in my quest was from The Guardian – UK facing worst wheat harvest since 1980s, says farmers’ union. NFU [National Farmer’s Union] predicts yields could be down by a third as extreme weather hits crops. And this being down to consecutive seasons of tumultuous weather conditions, most likely – very likely, brought on by Climate Change. We have had storms, high temperatures, too much rain, not enough rain… oh, nothing new, I assure you. It has been progressively getting worse since I can remember a summer in 1990 where I felt overly warm all the time and put it down to being peri menopausal. It was not that at all, it was Climate Change which caused the hottest summer since 1911. I somehow could not get my head around it at the time for to be fair, seasons and temperatures, for the most part, were about as average as they seemed when I was a child until that year. Of course, I had to blame the change in how I felt on myself. And for the record, it really was not the menopause creeping up.
I don’t pretend it is the worst the UK has been through. And I have been looking around at other countries and I see worse going on within their borders. No way can there be viable crops this year if you are a farmer in Northern California, Oregon, or Washington in the US. Nor in some parts of the states of Louisiana or Texas. I have seen bits in the news about the mid-western farmers having a hard go of things as well. Hurricanes and storms are everywhere. If you want to venture down into South America, people can barely raise enough food to sustain their families in many cases, let alone raise enough to sell. I don’t like pointing fingers, but a certain President cut off their agricultural aid some time ago and now wonders why everyone is trying to get into North America… they are hungry is why!
I could bang on about every country in the world, but I will not. Let me just say I know everybody is having a very hard go of things and of course the Pandemic does not help. All I wish to do is to point out that we are all in this together and together we should act. We must do all we can not only for ourselves, families, and friends but our neighbours, both near and abroad as well. If we can just all begin trying to see each other’s side of things it would be a fabulous start. To be kinder to everyone. Not to bully others. Learn about other people’s race, cultures, religions before tarring them all with the same brush. Fear makes people hate. When 3,000 plus people lost their lives during 9/11 in New York City, there became a hatred of Muslim people all over the world like I would never have imagined. And although since it has been proven these were not your average Muslims [obviously!] but terrorists doing things in Allah’s name that in no way did Allah approve, many people are still wrong-headed about them. Because they have cultivated this fear within themselves. Many Conservatives in many countries have also fomented this fear and hatred against black people [and Jewish people, the Chinese, and others]. It is because they don’t understand, nor do they want to understand. How can it be right that we privileged whites could bring a race of people to our countries just to enslave them to do our bidding and never try to understand? Worse still, to now blame them for everything wrong? I do not speak to all white people on this for many are happy to learn about their black brothers and sisters… for we all are brothers and sisters… to learn about their cultures, their struggles, what makes them unique. But sadly, there seems to be too many who do not care.
How did bringing in the harvest amount to all of this, you ask? This is how my brain works. Sorry if it makes no sense to you. But my point is – we must all pull together and work together. We must learn about each other and care about each other. We must begin to love each other and help each other. And this is on all points of things that are on the minds of everyone in this way we live now. Whether it is Climate Change, racism, the pandemic, we must all work together and make things right. Because I promise you this, the Universe does not help those who do not try to work toward the kindest end. You can believe all you want that things will improve just by your wishing and willing for it to happen. But it is not going to happen unless all of us put in the work for it to happen. That is the magick we need.
If you stayed to the end, many thanks for reading and warmest blessings to all whom this way wanders. I truly hope everyone has much to be thankful for this Mabon and may your harvest of large or small be just what you need. x