As the seasons swirl around us, we are entering into the transition from light into darkness and back into light again. We have gone from the wild abandon of summer into the time when the Green Man’s colors begin to change and death overtakes him to make way for his transition into the Holly King. Our lives seem to always be centered around transition. Those things that we wish we could control…we have no control over at all.
As we move into this Yule season and cold overtakes the Earth (even in Atlanta, we live in anticipation of the shift in weather). The briskness that comes with the Northern winds jolts us into a state of expectation. As we celebrate the different manifestations of our own holiday with others who celebrate in their own ways, we set our eyes on the approach of the longest night of the year….knowing that the light of spring is not far off.
Over the past few years, I have become intimately acquainted with the green man through visits from an unexpected stranger. Someone I have introduced to you as simply, the Green Wizard. I have learned first hand what a kind, gentle spirit can accomplish through him. I have learned to listen more intently to what the earth teaches…all through him. I have learned to trust the heart of faithful friends more. I have learned to love someone who could do absolutely nothing for me other than be a friend and a magickal confidante…someone who represented purity of heart and selfless abandon.
I found out yesterday that the Green Wizard has journeyed into the summerlands. I received more information this afternoon. He apparently collapsed on the sidewalk of a small town close to the Tennessee border. They took him to the hospital where it was found that his heart was giving out. Boomer, his dog, was put in holding in the local animal shelter. He quietly slipped from this plane in his sleep. They found my name and Atlanta, Georgia written on a sheet of paper in his pocket. The authorities assumed that I might be the next of kin. I explained that I was a friend and asked what happened to his dog. I was also told where his pup, Boomer was located.
I engaged my cousin who does animal rescue and she arranged for someone who works with her to go and get Boomer and set up a fostering situation. There are many more things that have transpired due to his homelessness…especially since there was no identification of any kind associated with him and no direction as far as family or even a name…the one thing that was told to me by the contacting authorities was that at least he knew friendship…there were many who passed on knowing nothing but rejection and hatred.
In my mind, though, I will always see him dancing on the wind. I can close my eyes and see his ruddy face, his eyes twinkling with hopes and dreams and always that sparkle of magick. He enjoyed the freedom of being who he was…an extension of the wild God. I can hear his hearty laugh echoing through the branches of the trees in the woods. He will forever be Peter Pan to me….always dancing with the moon.
Am I sad? Yes…but I can never forget that wonderful spirit. He always looked for that bit of magick in all things…whether it be an old pair of sneakers…a dog that was considered a throw-away…or a weathered old wizard who seemed to be a little out of sorts himself.
Especially, in this season, I know that so much of the world seems to slumber…waiting patiently for rebirth. It will be the same for my Green Wizard. He only sleeps now….we have known each other before in other lives and other magickal places. It is only a matter of time before we see each other again.
I am excited for him. This is a new adventure….a fresh beginning coming with the new moon. This is his chance to be reunited with his beloved Calliope…a chance to dance and finally fly among the stars. I am privileged to have been able to be a part of his magick.
His energy will always soar around me….sneaking up behind me when I least expect it…laughing heartily at the unexpected. He was a child of the moon and sun…the earth was his bed and the grass, his pillow. He was friend to the winged, and four-legged. He loved completely and wildly and unconditionally.
As the Green man sleeps, the blood of the Holly King courses through his veins…anticipating his awakening beneath a shield of ice and snow. With magick, nothing ever completely dies.
And so he goes…with the heart of a true witch.