Lessons from Toads, and Gaia

April 5, 2013,
Claire Montanaro

Each year thousands of toads make a hazardous journey across a busy road to reach Llandrindod Wells Lake to spawn: they have lived in the wild hills surrounding the lake for many years, perhaps centuries, and their annual migration is one of the most significant amphibian events in Britain. Their difficulty is not just in the amount of traffic which likes to speed around the circuit, but also is in the high kerb around the water which prevents them reaching it, and without help they either are crushed or stranded. In recognition of this, the local Council arranges for the road to be closed at night for three weeks to enable volunteers to carry the toads to the water, but gauging the right time can be tricky: last year a warm March caused the toads to emerge early before the closure began, and this year, just as the closure is almost finished, no toads have emerged because of the cold temperatures. The Radnorshire Wildlife Trust which co-ordinates the toad patrol has arranged a contingency plan to help the toads, and the need for it has made me even more aware of how nature is behaving as it wishes and not as we expect. An assumption has grown up that at such and such a time it will be growing weather, that hegehogs will appear and the sun will shine, in other words, that nature will do what we want. This year we have been taught not to take her for granted as the constant cold and icy winds and snow in spring cause us to notice her properly, and to miss what she has failed to deliver for this time of year. We have recognised her importance. Despite an apparent dormancy, the world of wildlife continues to unfold but very subtly. The hedgerows in my garden unfurl new leaves every day as if the hard frosts of night are strengthening not weakening them, and my seedlings in the unheated greenhouse are growing well; the birds have ample time to prepare their nests and sing constantly as if their life is very good; the frogspawn laid before the cold arrived is waiting, unperturbed, to hatch; and meanwhile the night skies are magnificent in the clear, icy air. While Gaia has warned and reminded us of our responsibilities as guardians of her world, She guards her nature-children well. Claire Montanaro is a spiritual teacher, channel and blogger with special interest in esoteric philosophy and the world in transition. Loves nature and wildlife. Author of “Spiritual Wisdom”.]]>

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