Merry Meet everyone. Hope all is well in your world and that you are still enjoying a beautiful Autumn weather. I have just returned from a short 4 day trip to the Smoky Mountains. It was a girl trip..went with my daugher Sara, my sister Sunny and a friend Shawna. We have gone to the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area for years..a couple times a year at least. I LOVE going there and know it pretty well. Now I’m a girl and I love shopping as much as the next one, and places to shop are abundant there….but for me, it is all about seeing those mountains and spending time in them, enjoying what they have to offer…which is pure beauty in nature!
“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”
This quote puts into words exactly how I feel when I first see those mountains, as I’m going south on I-75 from Kentucky into Tennessee. The minute they come into view my heart just soars and my soul lets out a huge *sigh* of contentment…and recognition. There is something ingrained in me that makes me feel at home there. I often think it may be that my maternal grandfather was half Cherokee..my great grandfather coming from those mountains. Maybe it is just that my soul knows how connected I am to nature and the beauty that is found here. The trees, flowers, animals, and streams that thrive and survive there, are all connected to the Divine..as am I.
“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.”
I love seeing the mountains in the different seasons. All of them are beautiful there. I have seen snow clinging on the top of the mountains with the black shadows of the leafless trees pointing to the sky majestically and the frozen streams. I have seen the greening of those trees in the Spring, with purple and white wildflowers covering the ground, and the streams flowing with cold, icy water as the snow melts. I’ve seen full, leafy, green trees with the dappled sunlight hitting the forest floor, animals scurrying about and the streams filled with people cooling off. My favorite season, Autumn..trees Glorious with reds, yellows, rusts and browns, the ground covered with the fallen leaves and still, the water ever flowing in the streams. And always, always, the smoky mists that envelop the mountains, during all the seasons, that give them their name…that make them so magickal at any time of day!
“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life.”
As a Witch, I find the elements in abundance in the mountains. I can call them to me easily and they respond immediately. Earth, Air, Fire and Water..yes, I find Fire there as well, in the flame red of the leaves and berries, the heat from the Sun during the Summer, the glare off the snow, and in the warmth of the wind as Winter gives way to Spring. I find magick in my mountains..always! The Divine is there is well. Nature is my church…always. The Full Moon over the mountains….A sight that everyone should see at least once! Magnificent!!
“A wise man can do no better than to turn from the churches and look up through the airy majesty of the wayside trees with exultation, with resignation, at the unconquerable unimplicated sun.”
~Llewelyn Powys, The Pathetic Fallacy
While I was there, I visited one of my favorite stores..The Rock Shop. As I was buying up crystals & stones, I came across a display of Tennesse Mountain Jasper. Both polished stones and in large natural untouched chunks. They look exactly like the rocky walls found in the mountains..quite recognizable. I bought a nice piece both for myself and my two daughters. This piece of stone will help me to keep those beautiful mountains, and that sense of peace and contentment I feel there…with me at all times. *sigh* 🙂
“There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough to pay attention to the story.”
Those Smoky Mountains have stories to tell, and I do my best to listen to them. Wherever you go in Nature, to feel the Divine, to commune with Mother Earth, to calm yourself, to let out a big sigh of contentment…go there! Often!! It’ll do your heart, body and soul good. Another thing that will do you some good? If and whenever you get the chance, get a hug from a facebook friend, Do It! I was blessed enough to get to do that on this trip..with TWO friends….. and I am so happy that I did! Hugs Cynthia and Angelique!! It reinforces that our facebook friends are real indeed and that hearts DO touch across the miles and thru the internet 🙂
Blessings and Love, Autumn