Walking is a big part of my own Druid practice, and is an excellent way to slow down and observe the rhythms of nature. As always, Nimue offers a thoughtful and moving look at this simple practice.
In an essay about walking, Thoreau talks about the origin of the word ‘saunter’. He says “going à la sainte terre” means going to the Holy Land, and also offers ‘Sans terre’ – without land – as another interpretation. Both suggesting to him the idea of pilgrimage. The online etymological dictionary – http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=saunter – has it as a word from the 1660s to mean walking about in a leisurely way, and there’s no agreed history to the word aside from that.
However, poetic interpretation is just as interesting and valid as agreed history, and I like the idea that a saunter is in some way connected to the act of pilgrimage. From a Pagan perspective, it works very well indeed.
In a conventional pilgrimage, the journey is as important as the destination, but still the point of the journey is the place, or places you are going to. A person…
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