Earthworm Charming

Well, we’ve all heard of Prince Charming and lordy knows where mine is. But I recently discovered a competition that is held in Nantwich (sp?), England annually. It’s an Earthworm Charming competition. It’s true. All these people come out to compete on square plots of ground with various odd contraptions to try to convince the earthworms to come out of the ground. Winner, of course, is the one with the most worms in 30 minutes.

Check out the video. It’s like a cross between Halloween and earthstomping/rattling.

I poked around on the internet a bit more and it appears that earthworms have evolved a survival mechanism of emerging from the soil when a certain vibrational pitch is experienced in the ground. The same vibrational pitch as a…. MOLE. One of their key predators.

Fishermen.. take note.

Note: this poking around learning about Earthworms is for an article that I did for  Jan issue of the “The Order of the Earth” – a monthly environmental newsmagazine.

About Mare Cromwell

Referred to as “The Voice of Earth Mother” by a gifted Shoshone elder, Mare Cromwell is a multi-award-winning author, Medicine woman/Lightworker and healer. She has also been told by another gifted elder that her work with Earth Mother is in the prophecies. Her books include: "The Great Mother Bible"; "Messages from Mother.... Earth Mother"; and "If I gave you God’s phone number.... Searching for Spirituality in America". She has studied with Native American teachers for twenty-one years and sat on the World Council for Wisdom Gatherings for three years. Mare leads workshops on our Sacred Planet-Earth Mother, Womb Wisdom and Sacred Silliness and more. She is the visionary and producer of the 1000 Goddesses Gathering in Washington DC. Mare loves to be involved in Ceremony. She is also a former worm herder. She calls Western Maryland home.
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