When I first started in Druidry one of the sort of hokey romantic things that caught my attention was "reenchanting the world." It just all sounded a little too melodramatic for my tastes. Like I would need to invest in a collection of whispy dresses with long flowing sleeves... I have now come to understand a little of that concept.
The picture above is a mudcrack or mud peel. If it is allowed to dry long enough all of the water will evaporate and when the wind comes by this soil will move where ever the wind takes it. For a more dramatic example of this, just look at the dust bowl of the late 30s. Soil is alive at a microscopic level if dried too far it and the microbes that compose it die.
The key here is that water in all of its subtle and not so subtle forms is how magick is transmuted. The dry arid climate of the valley makes this place hard to work in. My job as a druid is to water the grove (and the rest of my sphere) and by extension make this place just a little bit easier to work in.
Part of the Work is to light candles and see who shows up. There are huge ego tests along the way. One of the subtle ones that no one tells you is that many people will be drawn to the light of the Work. It is not, I repeat it is not you. Luckily I did this to my first mentor (literally I almost REMOVED a scarab he was wearing) and so having seen this from the other side, I hope I understand this one :) I can completely see all sorts of potential explosive ugliness spring up out of that one.
The other part of the tests I think are just plain distractions. By allowing ourselves to use all of our energies on something trivial - like online arguements. I am always amazed at how many "magickains"- druids included yell at each other online and leave behind a printed trail. Obviously they were not paying attention to the magickal parts...
So my current test is to make sure that I am well prepared for a serious magickal discussion I plan to have this weekend. It is important to me that I have all of my facts straight and that I let the Hamster do the talking. The Hamster is very wise and I tend to get in my own way :)