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Enchantment may prove essential in overcoming the ecological crises we face.
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 NEWSLETTER | JULY 16, 2021
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Magic in Everyday Nature

A few months ago, when packing up books in preparation for a big move, I
stumbled upon one of my favorite childhood reads, Brian Jacques’ 1988
*Mossflower*, part of his long-running fantasy series, *Redwall*. I turned
randomly to one of the yellowed pages in the middle and read: “*Early
morning was enveloped in white mist. It clung to tree and bush like a
gossamer shawl, sparkling with dewdrops in the promise of a hot sunny day
ahead.”*

Well, that was enough of a hook for me, so I turned back to page one.

There’s something evocative about Jacques’ brand of nature writing. Yes,
*Mossflower* is a children’s fantasy — with personified mice and ferrets,
medieval battle scenes between good and evil, and a hero’s journey — but,
to me at least, the magic in Mossflower Wood isn’t the talking animals but
its everyday nature, the magic of the place itself. The River Moss flows
with life through the silent and tangled forest canopy. Dewdrops sparkle
through the mist. Woodland inhabitants feast together in their arboreal
great halls — their primary connection to one another is the landscape they
all call home. As a kid, and still today, these scenes helped me recognize
the kind of person I wanted to be and the kind of life I wanted to
experience.

The good news is that this magic of everyday nature doesn’t exist in
fantasy literature alone. Five weeks ago, my wife and I planted a garden at
our home in Canada’s Northwest Territories. I didn’t expect to be
harvesting so soon in the season, but I underestimated the miracle of
20-hour sunlight. (*The kale runneth over! What am I to do with all this
chard?)* Earlier this week, we sat spellbound by Alexandra Falls on the Hay
River, which boomed like the thunderstorm that greeted us when we arrived
home later, and sent shivers down our spines.

Everyday nature, whether in the garden or in the wilderness, is a magic
that’s very real. Literature is a great place to help us notice it and be
enchanted by it. Now it’s time to cherish it, and even fight for it, not
unlike those woodland creatures in Mossflower Wood. Enchantment may prove
essential in overcoming the ecological crises we face.



*Austin Price*
Contributing Editor, *Earth Island Journal*

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