* Rain and heavy fog: odd weather for January in Virginia. But then, we haven’t had “normal” for some time now.
* We all have our guilty pleasures and Downton Abbey is one of mine, if for nothing more than the sheer pleasure of a soap opera about a legal entail and the opportunity to indulge my fantasy of growing up to be the Dowager Countess. Downton’s inspired an interest in all things Victorian and Edwardian. Here’s a delightful series of videos that follow the seasons in a Victorian kitchen garden. Especially now, when there’s scant gardening to be done in my little plot, I’m enjoying learning and fantasizing about growing a bit more of my own food. Let me know what you think.
* I knit while I watch tv and, just now, I’m working on a pattern from Vampire Knits. One thing that John Michale Greer suggests everyone do for the new year is to learn a craft, skill, or hobby so that you can make actual things — sweaters, clothes, music, tools, pots, toys — you know, things. What do you make?
* Pagan Square has up a great post on honoring City Spirits. Most modern Pagans live in cities. More and more, I think that a sign of a healthy modern practice is the relationship that the Witch or other Pagan has with hir own landbase and its spirits. I am devoted to and will always work with Hecate and a number of other Goddesses from Europe, but I work daily on my relationship, as well, with Columbia, the Goddess for whom my city is named and on my relationship with the spirits, and powers, and beings of my own Bit of Earth.
Galina Krasskova says:
I think that a good place to start (in addition to honoring one’s ancestors–they can really go a long way toward helping a person in these things) may just be working with city spirits. These spirits are a type of vaettir, or nature spirit, what the ancient Romans called a genius loci (spirit of place) but they’re louder (at least I find them so) and more used to interacting with human beings than other types of earth spirits. Also, there are so many different ways to engage with the topography of a place, and each of these can be a pathway toward engaging with the city spirit itself . . . .
A friend and I recently made offerings to the land at a garden deep inside a large Southern City. It was just past dusk and, as the rum sank into the dark Earth, you could almost feel the land exhale and enjoy the attention and care. It reminded me, again, how simple and elegant it can be to practice modern Paganism.
What City Spirits do you know? Which ones would you like to know?
* Speaking of simple and elegant, one of the simplest and most elegant daily practices is to light a candle and sit in silence. You could turn off the computer and do it now. If you don’t have a candle, or can’t have an open flame, you can use this candle: