MWD: Friendship

My Month of Written Devotion is for the Spirit of the Santa Clara Valley


Don’t get me wrong, I love my Lady, but we’re not exactly friends. Not as She is a divine entity, anyway.

I suppose I sort of feel like I’m friends with the smaller landspirits in the Valley, though. Not every single one, of course. There are placewights I am definitely friends with – the Hotel Spirit at the San Jose DoubleTree is definitely an old friend, as are, of course, the spirits of both the house I live in now and the home I grew up in that my Mom still lives in.

But my Lady… friendship doesn’t feel like the right word for it. It’s simultaneously not intimate enough, and too familiar. Friendship feels light, casual, where my relationship with my Lady feels more carefully reverent? I’m not afraid of Her, exactly, I’m just… like when you enter a space with an animal that you know is curious enough to stick around, but wild enough to run if threatened, so you move carefully? But that’s not right either, because She’s definitely not afraid of me.

Maybe it’s the way people from more formal families than mine treat their Elders?

It feels like the difference between a Mad Tea Party and a Japanese Tea Ceremony, but probably not quite that extreme.


P.S. Lon is doing it too! 😀

About EmberVoices

Ember Cooke has been a member of Hrafnar and Seidhjallr for more than a decade, where she trained to be a Seidhkona, Galdrakona, and Gythia. She founded the Vanic Conspiracy and made ordination vows to the Vanir and her congregation in the summer of 2013. She has contributed to several publications on Heathen and Northern Pagan subjects and regularly presents rituals and workshops at festivals. Her personal practice is more diverse, as the Vanir have lead her into cross-training and service for the wider Pagan community. This has including medium and servitor training in American Umbanda, clergy training with the Fellowship of the Spiral Path, and jail ministry for local counties. She holds a BA with honors in Religious Studies from Santa Clara University. Ember has lived all her life in the south San Francisco Bay Area, and is intimately bound to the valley of her birth.
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