The Wisdom of the Plains Dweller

 

On the plains you will find the Artisans, the goldsmiths and tinsmiths and jewellery makers.

Beauty and stability are prized above all other things, and here is the crossroads where all the clans and warriors can gather, to trade and sell.

The Plains man teaches us the wisdom of living in peace, of compromise and of security.

The laws, made in Tara, were called the Brehon Law, one of first true legal systems in the world, and one to which many systems even today owe a debt.There were heavy punishments for slander, theft, cowardice, cruelty to slaves or livestock and many safeguards for children and women.

These laws lasted in one form or another up until the Elizabethan times. Here in the plains, the laws are enforced and stability is the result. Respect for the status quo and for authority are valued here, and still they manage to get on well with their more Mystical, magickal neighbours, those who dwell closely with the spirits of the forests and the mountains. But the plainsmen are by no means behindhand in their understanding of the divine or the magical.

As they are the farmers, they are constantly working directly with the Earth, asking her help and co-operation in producing crops, and seeking to propitiate her for the intrusions they have to make into her.

They teach us the importance of balance; the necessity of understanding about our world, its rythms, the perfect counterbalance to all the talk of mysteries, and esoterics. The Plains is the real world, the mundane or rather, the everday and mundane seen through magical eyes. Here we come when we are tired, suffocated, restless, fearful, stressed; when we are not looking for great works of magic but for simple and practical answers.

 

More than anyone else, the plains dweller is deeply aware of the rythm of the land, the cycle of birth and death, the "wheel of the year" so often talked of in connection with the celts. For the religious find here a deep devout worship of the Goddess as She appears in the landscape, (a trait in common with their compatriots in the mountains) while the student of the supernatural finds a true appreciation of the Bargain between mankind and the land. Like the Hunter, the plainsman understands and teaches the need for "sacrifice" (the basis of blood magic, the death of the seed in the earth, to be reborn, is a theme to which they will return time and time again.) and Balance ie one cannot take without giving, eat without replenishing the food source, seek power without some effort.

 

 

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