Druids and Worms

Worms should be one of the beings we hold most sacred. They are essential to the life of the soil, and human life depends so much on that vitality. Worms pull plant matter down into the existing soil, and eat it, breaking it down and releasing the nutrients back into the earth. The way in which they move through the soil aerates the ground, and is part of how the structure of the soil is created.

Worms are one of the key the means by which death is turned back into life. They are engineers of this most essential process. Pagans honour the cycles of life and death so we should hold in the highest possible esteem the beings who drive that cycle. And yet, I’ve never encountered anyone celebrating worms in this way.

Worms are suffering as a consequence of human pollution. They are the creators of life, and any threat to them is a threat to us all. We need to protect them in any way we can.

An individual worm isn’t a dramatic entity. They are small, quiet, easily overlooked and living underground, are mostly invisible to us. They do not demand our attention. We don’t have famous worm Gods at whose shrines people might make offerings. We overlook their power and their magic at our peril.

The best shrine you can make to the worms, is a compost heap. Feed them, engage with them, make a home for them that you are fully conscious of. Bring them offerings every day of the food you did not want, the peels and skins and inedible bits. Offer up your rubbish to them, in recognition that they will turn that rubbish into rich food for the soil. You give them the most worthless things you have, and in return, they give you life. It is a relationship that should make anyone feel humble, and that reminds us that power is not always self announcing.

About Nimue Brown

Druid, author, dreamer, folk enthusiast, parent, polyamourous animist, ant-fash, anti-capitalist, bisexual steampunk. Drinker of coffee, maker of puddings. Exploring life as a Pagan, seeking good and meaningful ways to be, struggling with mental health issues and worried about many things. View all posts by Nimue Brown

3 responses to “Druids and Worms

  • bish

    With five lovely compost bins in various states of recay, you could say we have a Pantheon!

  • juliebond

    Worms are brilliant! I don’t live on the ground floor or have a garden so no chance of compost heaps or bins. I do always do my best to move worms from paths and out of the way of careless feet though.

  • raynayday

    I am neither a druid (we do not truly know what a druid is((once was a Celtic history student))) nor a worm (it would make typing this response difficult) but I am a gardener, not a trendy TV Gardener but simply a person who enjoys growing things. Flowers, vegetables, salad crops. I am not even very good at it but I try; as I enjoy doing so. Me and Nimue are coming at this thing from two very different places but that does not matter. Nimue is completely correct and is making an important point about the soil we grow crops in, flowers, garden veg. The humble worm is an inestimable boon in that task, without them most crops would suffer horribly and we are slowly trying to wipe them out. An Important message and more power to your bow Nimue.

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