When you make an oath, or even just a little promise, to the Kindreds, you’re obligated to keep it. Maybe there won’t be any dire circumstances (I suppose it depends on the being you’re interacting with), but there will be less trust. The more I spend time with nature, the more I get the sense that nature spirits hold promises very seriously with humans. We’re constantly abusing them, even when we don’t mean to. I’m no exception, what with my driving a car and continual (though decreased) use of plastics. That said, I think when we make an effort to commune with the Nature Spirits – a genuine, honest-to-goodness effort that goes beyond an offering on high days – they really start to respond. It might not be all at once, and it might not be so very obvious at first, but they are there witnessing your actions and your words. They see when you make a promise and don’t keep it. Again, this may not always have dire circumstances, but it weakens the trust they have in us. If you are walking an earth-centered path especially, that trust is, in my opinion, essential.
Those are just the thoughts I had today after visiting the woods and keeping a promise I made the local spirits.
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