One of the things I like to do is walk by the Rio Grande. It is after all the heart of the area in which I live, and as someone practicing a Pagan religion, it is important to honor the mother, or the local river goddess that inhabits it. So, I took some time today to go down by the river for a walk and touch a bit of her majesty.
I do this several times a year, walking along the banks of the Rio Grande. At one point I thought seriously about starting up a Druidic grove in my area (and do still), whose Patron would be the River goddess…maybe that will still happen one of these days.
Except for a few springs around, there is very little water…in fact we’ve been in the throws of a drought lasting 110+ days without rain, the Rio is a reminder of the life that water provides.
Skip Ellison, former Archdruid of ADF, has a decent intro course on his website called Getting in touch with the Land , it’s free and a good introduction to listening to the landwights that inhabit a locale. I will say it’s not revolutionary material, but it will provide a bit of interesting information and exercises for those wanting to deepen a connection with their land.
My practice is a simple one: If one wants to honor such land spirits it’s as simple as making an offering. If you go for a walk in the park or a hike on a wilderness trail carry some sunflower seeds or some other food or drink that the local wildlife will enjoy, spend some time quietly sitting under a tree – touch the land, and leave an offering with a thank you to the beings who enliven the area. We all now the peace that comes from being among trees or walking in fields, that is the spirit of the place…remember to acknowledge it.