Category Archives: Inspiration

An Interesting Way to Become Acquainted with City Spirits

[Obviously, the above photo isn’t of my neighborhood, nor is it even my photograph, but it is one of my favorite places in all of the city.]

So, ever since I moved back to this city, I’ve kind of been stuck without transportation in a pretty rough neighborhood.  Like, most of the time it’s fine.  People don’t bother me, and I don’t bother them.  As long as the sun is out, the most dangerous thing I have to deal with is the occasional small pack of stray dogs wandering around looking for food, water, or shelter.  I try to leave out some water for them, at least whenever I can, but I’ve digressed.  The point is that the neighborhood is rough enough for me to not take a whole lot of time walking around, getting to know the environment first hand.

I’m not new to this city.  I’ve been here for a long time (despite short stints in other places), but just not on this side of town.  This area is a mystery in many ways.  I’ve gotten tapped by the local Land spirit, who seems interested in getting to know me (the feeling is mutual), but it’s hard to do that when you can’t reasonably expect to beat the pavement just to get a lay of the land.

It’s so important that it’s been eating at me, because I haven’t been able to do it.  While I said most of the time the neighborhood is safe enough in the daytime, I have a two year old that would have to come with me everywhere I go, and I just do not see it as being safe enough for that.  If it were just me, I’d probably do it.  But not with my son in tow.

So, now what?  Now what do I do?  How can I reasonably fulfill this directive from the Land, to get to know the land?  Well, there’s an unconventional way, if you’re willing to hear me out, and perhaps even try it.  It’s something I’ve been experimenting with, and so far it’s been quite helpful in helping me get used to the neighborhood, as well as its landmarks.  But it is only the first step.

To begin, open your internet browser and open up Google Maps.  Type in your address and switch to street view.  Now look.  You can see your street, turn 360 degrees, and go off in any direction you want, following the roads of course.  Depending on how recent the last Google drive by was, the area may or may not be completely current, but it should be enough to get you started.

Spend a few days using the Google street view to tour your neighborhood and surrounding areas.  If you have the time and the funds, you might also try riding the neighborhood buses around, as that is another good way to get your bearings without having to walk around.  I know there are lots of reasons why a person might not be able to walk their neighborhood regularly or at all.  Whatever your reasons, you should feel able to complete your spiritual obligations without doing anything that may likely do more harm than good.

So, after you’ve had sufficient time to become acquainted with the layout of the area, next comes the reaching out to the land.

This can happen in whatever ways you see fit, in accordance with your practice and spirits.  What I do, is pick a nice quiet night when everyone else in the house is asleep, and I sit silently, making offerings to the Land and accompanying spirits and inviting them to meet.  I then reach out to the land around me, and I follow it where it wants to lead, through visualization, made easier by my study of the maps, which is still ongoing.  I’d like to explore other areas of the city this way, as well.

Now, I should note here that I didn’t just jump right into following the spirit around on the first night.  The very first night is probably best for introductions.  It’s best to very gradually build up your rapport with the Land spirits, so I recommend trying this or something similar once a week for a few months, just gradually expanding your awareness as you and the Land become more familiar with one another.  Eventually, your relationship should develop as you all see fit.  Just keep communicating.  That is by far the best tool at your disposal.

Also, it’s such a simple way to solve this problem that I’d be really surprised if I were the first one to try this.  If you’ve already been doing this, or something similar with a different map site, I’d love to know how you found your results.  :)

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Evocation of Hera

Queen, from whom Sovereignty cascades, like water falling from a mountaintop; You who are Most Fair among Goddesses, and supremely regal in Your bearing! You who rule, equal to the King in all ways; Triple-formed Hera, lovely in all aspects, hear our call!

Hera Pais, O holy virgin, sweet as the apple blossoms of springtime, whose everblooming petals attracted the love of Zeus!  Hear our call, Lovely One, and attend to these rites, if ever You wished to be adored!

Hera Teleia, wife full-grown, ripe as the apples hanging heavily upon the summer branches!  You who are Matron and Queen, hear our call and attend, Powerful One, as we lay out the feast in Your honor!

Hera Chḗrē, the widow who is a comfort to Herself in autumn, and secure in the passage of Her life, during winter’s firm grasp; She who falls like an apple seed to the ground, ready to be renewed by water and Earth!  Most Revered One, hear our call, and attend to the love of Your mortal children!

We who are Your own cry out in witness to Your glory, Great Hera, Queen of us all, Governess of the fates of women, Protectress of the marriage bond!  We call upon You this day, in the hope that we may lavish adoration upon You, and show You our deepest respect!

Here lays the feast, our gift to You, among many others, that You may be filled with Earthly bounty in our gratitude!  Here also do we pour out sweet libations, to quench even Your thirst, O Sublime Goddess!

Hear our call, and attend, O Lovely Queen, and we shall cherish Your presence for as long as You decide to remain here with us, and longer still, after!

Blessed Hera, be welcomed!

© Columbine 2017

Devotional Acrostic Challenge – Compilation Post!

Below, you will find the entirety of the Devotional Acrostic Challenge (or all of the posts that I am aware of, at least).  I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have, dear readers.  Thanks so much!  <3


Dark, Khthonic, Underworld Gods or Spirits

Descend, by Varian

The Lonely Throne Waits, by Columbine

Persephone, by Columbine

Healing, Purifying, Kathartic Gods or Spirits

Drive Away the Impure, by Columbine

From Fire Darkness is Born, by Varian

Bright, Ouranic, Heaven/Sky Gods or Spirits

My Father’s House, by Columbine

Sing the Stars to Sleep, by Varian

Earth/Cave, Wilderness, Reclusive Gods or Spirits

Silent is the Water, by Varian

Dwelling in the Deep, by Columbine

Air, Wind, Life Giving Gods or Spirits

Center of a Storm, by Columbine

Outpouring of Love, by Varian

Water, Sea, Storm Gods or Spirits

Loud Moaning, by Columbine

Lights of the Sea, by Varian

Fire, Volcanic, Hearth Gods or Spirits

The Forge Born, by Columbine

Mantic, Oracular, Divinatory Gods or Spirits

Farseeing, by Columbine

Daemons, Familiars, Egregores

My Tempest, by Columbine

Seasonal or Elemental Gods or Spirits

Wild Water, by Columbine

Fate or Trickster Gods or Spirits

Kindness, by Columbine

Destroying, Plague, Death Gods or Spirits

Unrelenting, by Columbine

 

Unrelenting (Devotional Acrostic Challenge)

Week 12 prompt – Destroying, Plague, Death Gods or Spirits

[For Apollon, who is the Destroyer.]

Unrepentant and unrestrained, is my Lord;
Never wavering and never faltering, is He.
Relentless is His pursuit, you will
Endure His wrath.  And as the
Last arrow pierces through, you will know true
Ecstasy; that which is unpleasant, can be understood as
Necessary.  What may be unkind, does
Tear down arbitrary walls of separation, freeing those
Imprisoned by falsehood, or by vanity.  Accept the
Nuance of His destruction; He means you no true harm, only
Glory, and your truest self as revealed, through pain.

Kindness (Devotional Acrostic Challenge)

Week 11 prompt – Fate or Trickster Gods or Spirits

[For Hermes, whom I trust more than most.]

Knowing more than we sometimes admit, our
Insecurities, though well guarded, are
No match for His wit.  Yet, He will not
Deride even our most shaded plots, for
Necessity is both teacher and companion.
Ease, however, is not the normal
State of our being.  But Hermes, who is crafty and kind,
Sees our plight, and helps us to act in our interests.