When I was growing up, the native people of the land where I lived were invisible to me. They were represented by museum displays as curiosities of the past. They were described as a subject for study by archaeologists. I never even realized that there were still Ohlone people living in the area.
This, he said, was an example of the rite this wine demanded, but it was only part of it. The rites of the wine include everything from how the vines are trained and trimmed to what happens in the cellar. And then the wine is passed on to the purchaser, and the responsibility to continue the rites goes to them: to keep the wine cool for storage, to let the wine breathe when first opened, to serve it appropriately. All of these things are part of the relationship between the grapes, the yeasts, and humans. [Read more…]
Ireland is a land resplendent with ancient sites, and one of the most venerated in the modern day is the Holy Well. Traci happens to live next door to one, and this week she shares photos from the rededication and blessing of the well after recent renovations. [Read more…]
Relationship building is an integral part of our lives, and especially so for witches. Yet what happens when we must end a relationship, when we need to move on? This week Traci shares her personal experience of a difficult relational transition–involving stroppy Land Spirits! [Read more…]