Over on the Archdruid’s Report a few weeks ago, John Michael Greer introduced the term “Green Wizard”. He defines these characters as “individuals who are willing to take on the responsibility to learn, practice and thoroughly master a set of unpopular but valuable skills – the skills of the old appropriate technology movement – and share them with their neighbours when the day comes that their neighbours are willing to learn.”
Some of the many comments in response to his post (this is a very popular blog) struck me:
“A few years ago I worked the same magic brooding on my parents’ back porch – “worrying about the future”. I was worried about peak oil and the financial house of cards. I started talking to my parents about cashing out their investments in the summer of 2007.
“I used the huge surge in credibility to push for a chicken coop, solar hot water, fruit trees and investments in the new food co-op. I imagine wizards of old would do much the same thing, forecasting an eclipse and then urging their lords to make peace with the neighbours”.
Another comment: “Aside from the skills mentioned here, what you call for also requires a huge mind shift. First, away from self to other (including all life); second, away from competition towards cooperation; third, away from certainty towards acceptance of ignorance; and fourth, towards the sort of future you are writing about.”
And another: “One thing about all those practical, functional, straightforward technologies is that they really just get right to the heart of the matter, bypassing ideology and politics. You don’t need to shift someone’s worldview or their consciousness, you just show them something they can afford and can do for themselves that WORKS.”
I am certainly struck by the synchronicity of Greer mentioning the Green Wizard just now, only a few short weeks after my own experience at Nieuwenhoven. I feel the work of the Green Witch is of the future, but also clearly of the invisible, hidden, energetic realms, while the Green Wizard work seems much more rooted in the physical sphere and the human realm. I love the idea of weaving the two together, and we will certainly be doing a lot of Green Wizard learning here at Dorpsstraat.