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Honoring City Spirits – Part I

By Galina Krasskova

[Snip] I’ve been traveling over the holidays, this year going for the first time to London and Oxford, delightful cities both of which I’ve wanted to visit for a very long time. For an animist, who is also a shaman, visiting a new city isn’t necessarily as cut and dried as it may sound. A few months ago, when I wrote my article on the goddess Cardea, and the Gods of small things, (http://witchesandpagans.com/Pagan-Paths-Blogs/crossing-the-sacred-threshold-the-gods-of-small-things.html) the editor of Witches and Pagans asked me how to go about initiating those devotional relationships. I’ve been pondering the question since and 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 which in turn can be a really good segue into working with the Gods and spirits of “smaller” things.

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