I love dogs and cats and when I see someone walking their dog down the street, I remember my favorite pets and their soft fur, dog kisses and the welcoming purr of a cat after a long day at work.
But as I watched a fawn limp across my back yard this morning, and Angus, the chipmunk, working on the pile of bird food, I knew that a cat or a dog didn’t belong at my home. Angus stashes as much bird food as he can just because that’s what he does. The fawn, hopefully, will learn how to walk on its back foot, or else.And elsewhere, the wolves released along the Oregon-Idaho border will decide not to go after the ranchers’ livestock, despite their natural inclination.
I am reminded of the movie, “The Fantastic Mr. Fox,” wherein animals live like humans, displaced, underground in cities much like our own. They act like us, working as lawyers, newspaper editors, and repairmen. Their plea is for some space.
The bottom line of the movie is that even though humans have tried to civilize animals, they are still wild animals, unable to adapt to government, culture and economics.
Our inclination to destroy their habitat as well as our own, troubles many across the world today, especially concerning the Gulf oil spill.
As we head into Summer Solstice, Monday, June 21, followed by a partial eclipse on Saturday, June 26, and then by a full eclipse on July 11, and with an extraordinarily powerful alignment of the planets called the Grand Cardinal Cross, many groups and people will be celebrating or this solstice and subsequent planet patterning.
Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe of the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota nations of the Sioux, has called for a World Peace and Prayer Day.
Many week-end long gatherings, like Middle Earth Gathering at Silver Creek State Falls, will be taking place, joining people together in a natural setting.
Dancing, singing, rituals, blessings, marriages or hand fastings, will reflect a long-held tradition of people who celebrate alternative lifestyles.
The Mid-Summer’s Eve celebration recognizes at day and night when light and dark balance out. How many generations have celebrated this particular event? Will it come to be known as “incarnational experience of humanity?”
Will it be able to allow us to live in peace and regard our sacred space on this Earth? Will it allow us to find balance with the wild animals as well as the ones we have domesticated?