Well, I’ve more or less officially made my move to Vancouver.
More because I’m finally here and have few reasons to leave, and less because most of my stuff isn’t here and because I do still have reasons to leave. (Like going back down to Oregon to go get my stuff, traveling back to CA to see family as often as possible, and just generally taking advantage of this transitional period in my life to see some sights and visit some places through Cascadia.)
But the hubs and I have finally gotten ourselves the apartment that we’ve been dreaming of, the one we plan on staying in for the next decade until it’s time for us to leave the city and head off the grid. And I’m feeling a very strong pull to put down roots.
I have several shrines in the works right now; ones for gods new and old: one for Ing and the genus loci outside, and one for Frige in the kitchen; one for the Rain Lord likely in the hallway , one for the Twins at my desk (working on a new icon for them also), and one for La Abuela de Muerte in the front room.
I feel like I’ve gotten to know my gods more since leaving LA and destroying their old icons. La Abuela, especially, has come to me much more as a guardian of queer people lately, and of minorities in general. Perhaps her most important aspect I’ve discovered, though, is that she is a goddess of the anthropocene; here I see her as a weeping mother given birth to short-lived purebred pets, to poached animals, to extinct animals, to animals driven mad by military sonar, their bellies full of plastic. She gives birth to a human child, smeared in its own filth, a barrel of oil in one hand and a gun in the other; it hates her. But she loves all her dead and dying children.
At her shrine will be a picture of Santa Muerte, images of recently extinct animals, and magic intended to try and counter even the smallest bit of damage to the world done by us. Her symbols will be on every trash bin in the house, on the compost bin outside, the dumpster, and any other workings that I end up doing in her name.
Hubs and I are actually pretty interested in integrating Heathen holidays into our lives, and someday, not even bother with Christmas anymore. I’m not sure what these holidays will look like, but we’ll figure that out going forward. My personal devotional calendar will need updating also. I’d like to start getting serious about my Rain Lord UPG concerning his yearly transition from chthonic god of cave-born clouds, to supernal axe-wielding guardian, and back again. Part of that will definitely be determined by the seasonal cycles of this area, but I’m already thinking that timing these rituals with Dia de Muertos (and other associated holidays for venerating the dead and also Halloween) and May Day, etc., would be ideal.
At any rate, pictures of shrines will be forthcoming as I actualize them.