The Warriors Call

October 27, 2015



We picked our way across the moorland, following the same trail our ancestors would have taken when they went to consult with their fore bearers for insights. Our journey spot was to be the Pike Stones, an ancient site perched on the edge of Anglezarke Moors. It was the evening of The Warriors Call, a time when people across the world would be lighting a beacon on their land for the anti-fracking campaign. This evening we would speak with the ancestors of this land to ask their advice, calling on the Elders for their wisdom, as the West Pennine Moors have been earmarked as an area ripe for shale gas by our Government.

For me fracking is a symbolic symptom of the tail end of an old paradigm we are living in, where the elite few dominate the masses and through greed, rape and pillage the land and its people. Our history is littered with such stories. If you look at social history, and what has brought monumental shifts in the way we are governed and the way we live, it’s large numbers of people getting up, walking out together and demanding something different. We desperately need something different, and fracking is helping to wake people up to demand that difference.

What excites me about it, if excite is the right word, is that by bringing fracking into our communities, large numbers of people are getting together, many of who for the first time are starting to have a relationship with the Earth once more. They are joining hands creating a long line of people, a strong force for change and for the time being at least, they are winning.

It was a Heathen ceremony held by our friend Linda, working with the runes, and working with the ancestors. As we lay on the soft moorland ground watching the sun set over Wales, we placed our ears against the earth and listened to their whispers.


Our shared insights were as ever so revealing. What the Goverenment refer to as ‘the desolate north perfect for fracking’, is a far cry from the reality. We completely depend on this land, and not just for Sunday afternoon walks. On a really practical note the moorlands capture and filter our drinking water. But there are hidden depths as well. Fracturing our land over 1 mile deep will have huge consequences on the energetic patterns in our Earth. The Otherworlds will be affected, who we rely on and with whom we need to rebuild our relationship with, not destroy it further.

How do you cope with a government which doesn’t listen and doesn’t care? By standing up and each taking action, like a colony of ants, swarm of locusts or flock of birds. Like with the mass trespass of Kinder Scout in Derbyshire in 1932, which eventually led to the right to roam our countryside being granted, taking action does lead to change.

As the daylight faded we walked down from the moorland to the valley below and made a fire nestled under the canopy of trees from an old ancestral home. A Druid ceremony, led by  our friends in the Wildwood Seed Group united us as we lit the beacon and called in the Warrior energy. A bring and share supper, libations, stories and songs completed our evening by the glowing embers.

These are very special times, and amongst the madness in our world we can find a new kind of joy together, sharing these moments with each other, our Earth, our ancestors and the Otherworlds.




Here are some quick actions you can do 


Useful links

Both The Warrors Call,  Talk Fracking and  Frack Off  websites contain lots of resources, links and useful information.






About the Author


Nicola Smalley is an edge-dweller, shamanic practitioner and writer living in Anglezarke on the edge of the West Pennine Moors in Lancashire, England.
Following a career in corporate sustainability, she now runs The Way of the Buzzard with her husband Jason. Her passion is anything connected to nature and the mysteries of the Earth.

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