The big move has happened. I’ve gone from a jungle Nettle cat to a desert Nettle cat. I will learn just how sacred water is for us all. Glory, in her blessed optimism, pointed out to me that this is a great time for me to learn to embrace the fire aspect of things. Bah… fire not good! I think more than one of my lives ended being burned at the stake as a witch. I, in my Kapha (water/earth = mud 😉 ) rich dosha self, have never really learned to embrace fire. You can find more about the dosha’s when you study Ayurvedic medicine. In a nutshell, your dosha is your constitution determined at your birth. It is based on the five elements and helps to describe the physical, emotional and mental self.
I like the sun. I love hanging out with Helios – he’s a cool dude. Apollo is not so bad either! I’m sure there are a few more sun deities out there I’ll meet over the next few months. I shall have to learn all about their growing season and when the desert Persephone months occur.
Coyvere is ecstatic. Not only is he in a job he loves (what a rare treat for most people) he’s also found out that one of the local native tribes has some great new Coyote myths for him to learn. The spirits in this area are very active.
How do we know you ask? (Hope I’m looking at you…) well…that is because we did a rather embarrassing white, western roman pagan kind of thing when we moved into the new house. Not thinking, I dug out Hestia’s lamp, filled her up and lit the lamp thinking only of blessing the new house.
That immediately got someone’s attention (still researching who). No, it wasn’t blood dripping from the walls and a disembodied voice saying “get out”. It was more along the lines of hair on the back of your neck tickling and a feeling of being watched. So reaching out we found a very strong spirit that let us know this area already had guardians and who were we to bring someone strange into the area? This spirit, while not openly hostile, was protective and wanted to chat about bringing a new god into their territory. Apologies were made and a proper introduction of Hestia who she is and what she represents was given. With that, we got a sense of yes or permission to grant Hestia space in his area and her presence is welcome. It is a good reminder that just because a goddess is beloved to me doesn’t mean that she is welcome to all. Even better learn to check your area for spirits before just assuming there are none.
I got to this point in the post and thought I was done but no my dear Hope is challenging me in a good way. She is always an insistent bundle of “why” and “what” and “how”. She’s all “Details, I want details!” and I’m always like “Meh, I dunno, it just felt right or wrong I went with my gut, ya know.” So here is my best translation…
Each morning when I or Coyvere lights Hestia standing off to the side is an elder gentleman, always with his arms crossed watching and reminding us that this is first his place and that we are still visitors. He doesn’t feel dead, or grandfatherly, more like a teacher. He quietly watches, gives a nod to Hestia and, then leaves. I have always made it a habit of offering the last sip from my first cup of tea each morning to the Earth/Gaia. When I offer the last of my first cup of tea in the morning to the earth this spirit wants his sip first, then I can offer the rest to Gaia. When I do anything with Bast he kind of ignores us, I guess cats are cool here. They are a part of Nature. Danu, she got a raised eyebrow and then something about shadows and light that will require more meditation and study to understand. I’m thinking it might have to do with fae or the Tuatha De Danann and their illusions. Nammu got a nod of his head before she found a nice warms sunny spot to lay back down to sleep. (Glory adds, but who really argues with a large Dragon?) Bast, Danu, and Nammu are nature spirits and I sense they are more welcome because of that aspect than the hearth goddess from a foreign pantheon.
So much to learn so many adventurers waiting to be had.