The shedding of skins

Fellow author and Druid Nimue Brown on how change is one layer at a time.

Druid Life

Beings with soft skins can simply get those skins to grow with them. Those with hard outers have to slough off a layer in order to grow – crustaceans, insects, snakes and lizards grow this way. There are other creatures for whom growing up means radical transformation, not just shedding the outer skin, but changing the whole being. There is a drama to this transformation that softer entities don’t seem to manifest.

Birds shed their feathers. Mammals shed their fur, and we soft things also shed skin. The part of us regularly in contact with the rest of reality is forever changing, dying, falling away and being replaced. It is an interesting parallel that I do not shed my physical skin well, tending to accumulate layers of the dead stuff. This works well on the tough soles of my feet and the music calluses on my hands, but will turn…

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