Venerating Land Spirits

Venerating and working with the land wights. Any time I begin talking about land wights, or landvaettir, I am usually met with some confused looks. These spirits, in my traditional practice, are tied to the land, as well as the overall culture, of any given area. They are a part of the land, regardless ofContinue reading “Venerating Land Spirits”

Black Jack Ketchum

Thomas Edward “Black Jack” Ketchum (1863-1901) Born in San Saba County, Texas on Halloween 1863, Tom Edward Ketchum, known as Black Jack, started out life as a cowboy.  Both of his parents died while Black Jack was just a child, leaving him and his siblings to fend for themselves. He and his brother Sam laterContinue reading “Black Jack Ketchum”

We Are Not Alone in our Lives

We are not alone in this world, and the more we look out into our reality the more we will see. If all of these things play a role in our reality; it begs to be asked: how do we build a relationship with all of these things, and more importantly, not mess it up?Continue reading “We Are Not Alone in our Lives”

Honoring the Warrior Within

With October nearly past and our ancestors properly venerated, it is now time to focus on other things. As the leaves begin to die and fall to the ground, the days get shorter and there is a noticeable chill in the air. Well, for some of you anyway – for those of us in theContinue reading “Honoring the Warrior Within”

Autumn & Ancestral Altars

Once upon a time, October 31 marked the end of the calendar year. Over the years, I have noticed that as we enter Autumn here in the Northern Hemisphere, many folks begin to feel drawn to the past, called upon by days gone by. We begin to reminisce; we start tidying up our homes andContinue reading “Autumn & Ancestral Altars”

Orishas/Lwas 101

Just a quick little explanation of what an Orisha is. Orishas (also known as Loas, Lwas, Mysteries or The Invisible) are basically the Gods – or the ruling forces of nature, and all serve different areas of human needs. They embody the traits of those areas in nature that they rule over. It is importantContinue reading “Orishas/Lwas 101”