Rita Walker (Blog Nine): By Dan Watt and Taylor Norris
Airmid is a Tuath Dé Danann and the goddess of herbs. Only she knows the three hundred and sixty-five herbs that now grow all over Earth.
By decreasing industrial waste and leakage of toxic, heavy metals water ways can become cleaner and plants safer to consume.
She forces herself to take deep breaths as her hands clench onto her bed sheets. The full moon calls but it’s not a good time to change. Not just before school starts.
She remembers that after dreaming of Ailbe Rose a month passed before she dreamed of Airmid. Her mother was hanging the kelp they had gathered earlier on long sticks while Rita gathered wild blueberries nearby. As Rita bent over to pick a blueberry her hand brushed against a salal berry and she fainted.
She opened her soul eyes and saw a woman with long brown hair that accentuated a world loving smile. The woman was kneeling amongst herbs that grew beside a house. Rita gazed closer but she could not recognize any of the herbs nor the style of house.
(Thanks to Brenda Gabet, an Amazing Mother, and Fitness Instructor)
“You have met a Tuath Dé Danann already,” the woman stated in a strong voice vibrant with life.
“Airmid?” Rita asked.
The woman looked up at her with caring yet mischievous eyes. “Yes. You were supposed to meet Rae first but she hides from Kaneki, who seeks to be with her again, as they were when together they formed the Earth’s core.”
(Brenda Gabet as Airmid)
“Is Kaneki the tainted one?”
“He has trained the one that comes from him. Kaneki was never meant to live above the core of the Earth but now he does, and tries to make his permanent home upon the surface where it does not belong.” Airmid caresses the leaves of one of the unknown herbs. “What do you know of herbs?”
“Very little,” Rita had admitted.
“What do you see when you look at my garden?”
“Plants, weeds,” Rita replies.
Airmid caresses one of the herbs with a long green leaf that’s furry on the surface. “Sage can be used for memory improvement, digestive problems, and more.” She touches a nearby plant with yellow petals and long, jagged leaves. “Different parts of the dandelion can be used to make coffee, help with digestion, and pain relief. Someday Rae will tell you of the herbs of Haida Gwaii and what they are used for. Herbs are akin to elements. Some, like fire, you eat to make you hot when you are too cold. Some you drink, like water, as tinctures to cool the heat inside. Some, you alight to flow through the air, like wind, to help you breathe. Some, you coat your skin with, like earth, to moisturize and draw out infection. But many of the herbs are contaminated now, by metal, like mined cadmium, mercury, arsenic and more. Necessary in minute amounts for life but in greater quantities deadly they belong mostly deep in the ground.”
“What can I do?” Rita asks as she feels her body pulling her soul back.
“Gather the other elements. Both learn and teach each other to find balance.”
Rita sees Airmid’s image fade as the blue sky over Haida Gwaii becomes more vibrant from where she lies amongst the blueberries and salal.