walking with nemetona
Nemetona, whose name literally translates to “sacred space” or “sacred grove”, was revered by the ancient Celtic people as the energy of and that which watches over sacred spaces. She reminds us to pause and connect with these spaces in nature and within our homes.
Goddess Nemetona can be thought of as the divine energy the Druids called upon in these ceremonial sites. She continues to watch over sacred sites, especially those connected with nature – she is the magical stillness deep within the forest; the deeply felt messages during a labyrinth ceremony.
Rather than gathering in enclosed temples, Druids – the ancient priest caste of the Celtic society – celebrated and performed their rituals outdoors among the sacred groves – their nemetona (pronounced Nem-uh-TONE-uh).
Honoring the Cervidae
The deer, which is related in many traditions with kindness, softness and gentleness, is, in one way or another, an animal that is connected to the gods and the sacred.
"Oaks, groves, winding roads, all the twisted branches
Gnarled reaches of a wrong direction
Acorns and disappointments
some on the ground, some hanging on
I came to gather mistletoe, or kiss the earth and sky
Nomadic tribeswoman, a newborn deer, lost and found
We have fallen asleep together, the deepest peace I've known
Now crows dancing on branches awaken me.
I am alone, with our heartbeats in perfect sync, the deer's and mine"