Sacred Debris is currently on hiatus. So what do we do? Here this tree was a living example of a spiritual practice. Events in my church life caused me to decide to explore other belief systems and over the past ten years I have met some kind and welcoming pagans who have taught me to respect their spiritual path. When I go to other sacred sites I always carry a small bag of seed with me for that very purpose. But it is now. I will be sharing this blog there also. This is nothing new, in fact we can honestly say that this is an unbroken tradition.
I dislike the idea of taking things that are of import to the folks who left them there.. Why do ribbons get used when a ribbons of paper is as good. Until recently, the spring carpet of wildflowers was a work of art. I think you make an important distinction between offerings flowers, votive plaques, poetry photographs crystals etc. I leave offerings normally strung on the surrounding protective fence of the tree. Take nothing but wonder, leave nothing but footprints. The associated material culture, be it foodstuffs or ribbons or corpses, is long gone. It requires a bit of a hike to get there up by Harolds Stones and I think because its not the main route for the pagan tourist then we see little tat there.
Surely nature would ne happier if those flowers were left where they are to grow? A good and valid question I thought. As a kid I did not smoke but I was allowed to sprinkle the tobacco and light the cigarette. Notify me of new posts by email. Build our own sacred places on our own land, be it a ranch, a farm, a back yard or a window box. I will be sharing this blog there also. The traditional idea was that as the clootie rotted away so would the ailment it had been placed there to heal also disappear. I think one of the best offerings you could give would be simple water for the plants or seed and grain for birds and other small creatures. If the offering is a consumable, what […]. They un-ceremonially upended the bag and tipped out the contents which they then picked through, holding bits and pieces up to show the audience.
Granting permanent protection to Puvungna would send a powerful message, to CSU alums and to all Americans, that California respects Indigenous cultures. Whether people see items as rubbish or otherwise, that does not give them the right to dump them and treat them as trash. Yes I know what you mean Dave, being torn about this issue. Our modern busy lives are not conducive to building our own pagan sacred sites; we have only adopted them and co-opted the old ones to our own modern beliefs and purposes. These ancient sacred sites were built with great personal and even generational sacrifice of both time and blood and goods. As for Sacred Wells — we have one near us — St Brides — and it is fully used today — thr trees about it are decorated with ribbons. Whilst not always knowing the history or significance of certain sites I am happy to see ribbons in trees or other objects which indicate to me that here is a special place where I might learn or connect with something which may help my progress on my path of discovery. If we cannot be considerate to others needs, well are we really pagan at heart.