By Mystic Trish
Oh Mercy, Mercy Me. Things ain’t what they used to be. What about this overcrowded land? How much more abuse from man
can she stand.
Gaye, Mercy Mercy Me 1971
Gov. Jerry Brown linked the state’s extreme drought and wildfires to climate change earlier this year, saying that though the state was trying
to deal with nature as best they can, humanity was on a collision course with
nature due to climate change.
We are all
waiting for a big El Nino to come this winter but it may not materialize. Or at least may not be as strong as hoped
for. How many of us are working
our magic, visualizing, praying for rain right now?
What kind of
harvest are we going to celebrate?
Will we have
massive fires where we used to have fruit
groves and strawberry fields? There is even talk of
plowing under vineyards. Now I am whining!
Mother Earth is starting to get back at
With fruit and nut groves being plowed
With farms not being allowed
enough water for our fruits and vegetables. We are now pumping so much
ground water out of the earth that it is starting to sink.
has also forced the state of California to ship millions of young Chinook salmon by truck to the Pacific Ocean. The juvenile salmon do not have enough water in the rivers to
get back out to sea, so the state is putting them in tanker trucks and driving
them to the sea and releasing them. In hopes that when they are ready to spawn there will be enough water
for them to get back to their spawning ground. Wondering if they
will know which stream they need to return too. How crazy is that? We are
trucking fish to water and it’s a good thing.
What have we
done to ourselves?
It is not the first time humanity has
faced cataclysmic drought conditions. Greece, Egypt and Mesopotamia, during the Bronze Age, all suffered from
long-term drought. Drought that destroyed their cultures. I’m sure they thought
they had displeased some God and
did what they could to appease them. They did not understand that it was do to natural cycles. We have ourselves to blame for most of what’s going
on, not an angry god, just ourselves.
Frances has stated that destroying the environment is a Sin, “A Sin.”
He told a
massive crowd in Rome earlier this year “if we destroy Creation, Creation will destroy us.”
message is part of a rich history of Catholic activism to protect South
American rainforests. Sister Dorothy Stang, a Catholic nun spent more than 40 years advocating against
the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest and calling attention to the plight of the region’s indigenous people. Tragically, because her activism was so
effective Stang was murdered by hired assassins while walking to a meeting with
parishioners in February 2005. When asked if she had a weapon, she pulled out
her Bible and extended blessings to the two gunmen before they shot her six times, killing her. Sadly
paper can’t stop bullets.
When I pause
and go deep and look forward to the future I am saddened because I see the
destruction that is already there and we don’t even know the ramifications of
all we’ve done so far.
personal life I am trying to save my large tree. It is dominating the
neighborhood. It is my tree of life. My Yggdrasil, She is an Ash with four trunks, each one in one of the four
cardinal directions. She has a circle of ferns growing around her where my cat often sleeps, well hidden from the world. She has so many birds nesting in her. We have watched multi-generations of crows and
hummingbird families raise its young. She
often has hawks and falcons hunting from her top
branches. Eastern squirrels scamper up and down when they feel brave enough to
face the crows and the cat. Owls silently swoop around her at night.
Late at night the raccoons come out and
scamper up and down her large trunks. You can see many faces in her bark smiling down at you. Eyes that watch the
world and the cycle of life go ‘round and ‘round season after season.
the aquifer, ground water that has sustained her has dried up and she is showing signs
of dis-tress from the drought. So I put a soaker
hose around her base and I slowly water her once a week. I’m not using the
soaker hose for my vegetable garden this year. I didn’t feel it was right to be
growing pounds of tomatoes and ten-foot sunflowers with so little rain. I will gladly sacrifice my lawn and gardens for my beautiful tree. Trees absorb CO2 for their entire lives and the bigger they grow the more they clean the air for us. It is more important to save
the trees then the lawn. We must make difficult choices at this time.
Life as we
know it is changing and we must change with it. Save the trees.
Tricia Howe is a
born intuitive who started psychic training at age
15. She has over 30 years’ experience in Intuitive Counseling, Tarot,
Mediumship, and Clairvoyance and Crystal Healing. Contact her at