MWD: Strength

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


I believe my strength relative to my Valley and the land in general is my dreaming relationship with it. I have never heard of anyone who dreams quite the way I do. (I’m sure that doesn’t mean I’m the only one, of course – it’s a big world out there, and my Lady embraces a million or so people. But a strength needn’t be unique to be useful.)

I had intended for this meme to be mostly poetry, but that fell away quite quickly, although my poetic brain has kicked in enough in some posts to affect my phrasing. But that poetic brain, I think it’s tied to my dreamer’s brain. It’s a way of looking at the world that infuses everything with a meaning beyond its immediate self.

The other thing my dreaming with the land allows me is a way to see the Land’s self-perception. I’ve talked about this a little already, about landfill not being there in the dream map, about trains still crossing the lower deck of the Bay Bridge (which, wow, I’m sure the old span will take a long time to disappear from the dreaming land).

I know there are places where what I see is translated into something I can make sense of – I doubt the land is remembering human carnivals built on the Bay floor, for example. But not all of what the Land remembers is an aspect of our physical world. Some of those things are, I believe, connections with otherworlds, Fae worlds, perhaps.

As I wander, I may spot and address issues that were going unnoticed in the waking world, places where a necessary spiritual boundary has been damaged, or the wyrd lines have been torn and need re-weaving. Places where a local spirit is in distress.

I feel honored to be allowed to wander, not just occasionally, but frequently, the dreaming lands. I think it must be allowed at least partially because I have the talent for doing it well, and that makes me useful in doing so.

If that’s not a strength, I’m not sure what is?


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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