I am a reincarnated Druid who was somehow absorbed into the Roman Empire– I mean American Empire, and I am forced to shave my beard and explain to people what the Druids knew, but instead of listening ears it’s a void I’m talking to. I guess a yawning chasm is better than a yawning audience.
Really there is no audience, and no author for that matter, there is only the possible intentions of the words themselves, which seek to order themselves in a certain sequence. My job is to set the rhythm so the intentions of the words can emerge, can be discovered.
To have intentions is to have a soul, whether it’s a body of words or a physical body. The Druids didn’t just believe in souls, they knew that everything has a soul. The art of prophecy and healing was in discovering how the world of souls worked, to listen for the intentions of Nature herself.
The Druids knew that everything has a soul: plants, trees, animals, bodies of water, places, human beings. Different types of souls and levels of souls each one of them, but none which is the Oversoul, the Soul of the World, the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the giver of souls, the spark of souls, the light of souls, the origin of souls, the place of the reintegration of souls.
The Druids knew that everything has a soul, because shape is the container of souls. A tree-body has a shape, an animal body has a shape, a human body has shape, a built, engineered body (say, a wooden chest or tent structure) has shape. The soul of these things is not only an exemplar that comes from some Platonic world of forms. Each individual tree has its own singular, infinitely unique, growing and changing shape, every inch of a hollyhock has its own particular shift of shape, its own contours, which contain the kinetic energy within. The kinetic energy animates the shape. The soul guides the intention: the soul of the species at the lowest level, the soul of the individual at the next level, and the soul of the world at the highest level. All three inform the intention, which informs the action, which informs the movement of the shape.
You see where I’m going with this. . .the Druids knew that to discern the soul is to examine both the shape and the intention, you must read the aura as well as hear the words, look at the wider generation as much as the specific individual. The Druids knew that. . .they would be back.