It’s not within the scope of this blog to explain the whys and the wherefores about Sacred Stone Camp
Needless to say, millions of us already know about it or have at least heard of it.
NOW is the time for us as pagans, to connect with this struggle. This is not simply about one pipeline, one river, it is about the rights of indiginous peoples struggling to protect their lands and water from the greedy hands of the oil and gas industry. This is about US fighting the fracking industry. This is about everyone who has decided that enough is enough. This is about climate change and protecting the earth we live on that we are turning toxic. This is about the thousands of species that now face extinction at mankinds hands, news of which has recently been reported across all media.
We can live (differently) without gas and oil, we cannot live at all without water or air.
Standing Stone Camp is shining a spotlight. Most of us cannot be there, but we can focus here and now on our own lands.
Here is the spotlight
As part of this, medics and journalists have been targetted and shot at. Native American horse riders have had their horses shot at, one (so far) has been killed. Hundreds of protectors have been arrested .Sacred items have been confiscated. Burial grounds bulldozed over. Elders held in dog kennels as the police facilities fill up…
Here is our focus
Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle has one message to religious or spiritual leaders. As pagans, many of us consider ourselves to be our own priests and priestesses. Covens have High priest/esses, Many druid groves have pendragons or leaders. Druid Orders have chiefs. THIS MEANS YOU. Now is the time to stand in the power of your tradition. To be recognised, and that starts with recognising ourselves.
“We are asking the religious leaders to come and support them to stand side-by-side with them because the are standing in prayer,”
The British Druid Order
Has issued a statement today (29/10/16) – Tonight (Saturday) and through until sunrise on Sunday morning (6.50am after the clocks change), a group of us here at the White Horse Samhain camp at Wildways will be holding a prayer and healing ceremony in our Iron Age roundhouse. We will seek to invoke powers of healing to counteract some of the weirdness happening in the world at the moment: DAPL pipeline, fracking, badger, deer and wolf culls, increasingly insane local and global politics, etc. The black snake of destruction is being invoked by multinational corporations. We challenge it with the white serpent of healing. If you feel so moved, please drum and chant with us wherever you are. Water is life this Earth is the mother of us all.
They have produced this article to co-incide with the all night prayer and healing ceremony which includes information about the black and the white serpents, and some chants which may be useful
They have also previously arranged for The World Drum to be sent to Sacred Stone Camp, it arrived there on October 21st
The Order of Bards Ovates and Druids
Will be asked next week to co-author a letter of solidarity
Supports both of these. Today (29/10/16) particularly, is a day of action in the UK with many protests planned against Barclays banks who owns 97% controlling stakes in hydraulic fracking company, Third Energy. Despite overwhelming public opposition, Third Energy has been recently granted permission to start test drilling for shale gas in Ryedale, North Yorkshire. If plans go ahead, this will be the first fracking in the UK for over 5 years. It’s a devastating blow for the local community, but also has implications for us all. Barclays are also investing in the DAPL, so if you are too late to find and join in an action of protest today, we urge you to join in with the BDO tonight in prayer and ceremony, wherever you are, to make this a day of both action and ritual.
There is information about the black snake and the white snake here in particular, there are some chants you might want to use, “Beat the serpent from its lair” or Wyf sarff, wyf serch… (pronounced ooeev sarff, ooeev serch [‘e’ as in bet, ‘ch’ as in Scottish loch])…which means, “I am serpent, I am love…”