They are laying out a new garden at work, which is circular in design, with areas representing the four seasons. This picture was taken a couple of months ago now, I had to climb the old spoil heap to try and get a shot of the whole thing, hence the branches in the foreground. There are now seats with, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter on them facing each of the gravel beds.
We had the plans on paper for a few years but we only got the funding just recently. The work had been going on for a few weeks before I was able to get out and have a look and I was immediately struck be the way it was arranged. I just felt uncomfortable with it and then I realised why. I am so used to working with the associations of the Druidic circle that the way they have done this really threw me.
When I got back inside I asked the boss why they had orientated it the way they had, with the winter bed in the South, and she said ‘we thought it would be nice as people could sit in the sunshine in the cold weather’
If you are used to the workings of the Druidic circle you will know that each of the directions has its own set of associations layered round it. So that if I were to say East, you would immediately think of Alban Eiler, Spring, the hawk, dawn, air, intellect, incense, birch etc. There are a whole load of associations for the cross quarters too. It is second nature for me to think like this now, and this was really brought home to me when I went out to the garden.
Of course I appreciate the logic behind their decision and I understand fully that it won’t make a jot of difference to anyone else, but every time I think of it I just want to go Doh!