THE RETURN OF THE OLD GODS
The people came to the Earth weak and frail, naked to the
elements. The Elves looked on, for the people resembled the Fair Folk in
outward appearance while the spirits of Tree and Stone watched and
The people struggled to survive.
It was not the will of the Gods that they perish, Mother Earth had
brought them forth for purposes yet unclear so the Elves gently guided
them and the people learned to survive. They learned when to plant and
when to harvest. They learned the movement of animals, those they could
eat and those that would prey on them.
learning they drew close to the Earth and to Nature. What was done to
survive, in time, brought to them the greatest of all treasures. Their
eyes and hearts were opened. They touched the AWEN the source of all
inspiration and that which had inspired the creation of the Universe.
They touched the NWYFRE, the life force of the Earth and the power to
create and sustain all life. They saw the hidden world of the Fae. They
spoke freely with the Elves and learned and did commerce with them. In
those days the Gods walked the Earth and were known to the people.
The people were blessed and prospered and spread throughout the Earth.
they lived separately they began to perceive the Gods in different
ways. The people of the desert viewed the same God differently to the
people of the mountains and the forest dwellers perceived other Gods.
Then languages changed, words were expressed differently from one family
to another and the people forgot that they spoke to the same Gods.
people went to war. They fought for sport and food and greed. This was a
time of heroes and legend. Of great deeds of darkness and of light.
Some went to Elvenhome and returned with magical weapons. Some walked
with the Gods and became mighty from their favor. This was the undoing
of Gods and Men.
All the tribes of the people called on the Gods to protect
them but what were the Gods to do? The people invoked the same God to
aid each side and unknowingly set God against God and even invoked a God
to war against Himself. After a time it was seen that this could no
longer be or the striving of the Gods would tear apart the fabric of
time and space. So the Fair Folk hid their world and the Gods withdrew
from the cares of the people. Magic was fading from the Earth, weapons
of steel replaced prayer and incantation. Anger and fear replaced the
sacred circles of love and fellowship. Winter darkness covered the
Still, the Gods knew that, in
time, an awakening would occur, light would once more fill the Earth and
the joy of life would once more fill the hearts of the people. So the
old ways were preserved by an ever diminishing few.
were hidden, those who knew the ancient secrets. In cave and forest
they hid from persecution and unbelief. They were hunted and those who
had sworn to do no harm were burned or worse. Even when the killing
ended, those who dared show themselves were called "Workers of
Wickedness." Those who love life were called "Friends of Evil". So
they hid and the Magic hid with them and was gone from the land.
all this age of darkness a glimmer of hope found its way into the
hearts and minds of the people. A story appeared here. A myth appeared
there. There were legends and stories of heroes from bygone days.
The tales remained, often-times changed so that the darkness would not
perceive the light but the deep meanings were untouched. The hidden ones
had sown the seeds of a new Magic.
There came a
time when hearts and minds began to open. Some began to look at the old
tales again and take a somewhat sideways glance. Some, with subtle mind
and sensitive spirit, saw meanings and a glimpse of other worlds in
those old tales. They went, as instructed, to the sacred mound and the
standing stone. There they looked with fresh eyes and listened with new
ears and, from the depths of the Earth and the wide expanse of the Sky,
from the cold of the Ocean to the heat of the Sun, They said:
"YES! IT IS SO!"
And magic began to return to the land.
Originally published on HubPages "The return of Magic and the Old Gods"