Nemetona, Spirit of Peace

Hail to Lady of the twilight, of stillness and sanctuary, who calls and welcomes me into her cool embrace, offering shelter, comfort, stillness and the freedom to simply be. You of the sacred grove, of the temple, of a quiet room, of calm in chaos; I honour you with all that I am.

Nemetona, for me, is a spirit of peace. She is present within the home, within our sacred groves and rites, in all the spaces that we hold dear to our hearts. She also lies within, allowing us to feel at ease wherever we are in the world, though it’s not an easy task. She holds the stillness and quiet of a perfect day; she is the stillness at the end of it, when the blackbird sings to the dusk. She is the spirit of a home, a place, an idea.

She waits for me as I come home. As I put my keys in the lock I breathe a deep breath, and feel the weight of the day slipping from my shoulders as I step across the threshold and into Her space. She can equally be found in the bedroom, away from the household noise, and indeed, in the office when you need to get away from everything and everyone and know that you won’t be disturbed there! A soft prayer upon entering the home honours all that She is. A few words to Her upon going to bed, or rising in the morning, deepens our connection with Her.

She holds us while we sleep, she greets us when we wake. Within the walls of our home, She offers us shelter from the elements, comfort with the aid of fireplaces and entertainment, nourishment from food and simply by her presence. She is the sound of the breeze through the open window, the creak of shifting floorboards and the electric hum of the refrigerator. We all need a safe space to retreat, to retire to. For most of us, our homes are that space. A house is not a home unless we feel this connection to both it and the land. A house that is filled with the spirit of peace greets guests and residents alike with a warm, soft feeling of comfort.

When we feel peace, our souls can expand to almost infinity, as we become active with the world around us. I feel myself melting into peace when I am most happy, doing the things I love, sitting still by the rivers, trees and flowers in my environs slowly becoming one with them.

I can physically feel my soul expanding into nemeton every time I step outside into Nature . Constant seeking refuge in the outdoors or nature brings about a healthy life. Peace is a very important quality to me, and I honour her with all that I am. I encourage you to find her as well, both within and without.

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