|Six little talismans all in a row.|
This year, I also had been moved to collect some of the altar items that are no longer in my regular rotation, to populate elemental altars on the appropriate sides of our acreage. I felt that today was the day to do this, also.
It has been a while since I had to break trail on snow shoes to do this ritual, and using only one walking pole so my other hand could pull the sled full of materials made it awkward. Even worse, I lost one of the 'shoes along the way and did not notice it until I had likely walked most of the length of the east side of the land. Breaking trail is hard, walking unevenly as I was made it harder, so I chose to not go back in search. I will get out there in the next couple of days to track it down.
After placing the North altar I turned East, greeted the little young grove in the north-east corner and tied the first talisman to a birch tree growing there.
|Talisman in place in the NE corner|
The east/air altar came next with feathers from our turkey and a bird's nest with a pecan in its shell standing in for an egg. As I continued, I saw issues with the electric fence, and began working on them as I went along...until I found a place where the lines were broken and I had taken up too much slack as I worked my way along to be able to reconnect them...even if they had not been totally encased in ice! So I proceeded just on the ritual path, making a mental note to tend the fence later.
I hung talismans on both sides of the drive, and placed the
|One of two talismans|
beside the driveway.
Along the south-west boundary I greeted more of the young trees, ending up in the southwest corner, where the bush that I
|Talisman in baby oak tree.|
As I turned north again, along the west boundary, I found many things of interest!
|icy pine tree|
them early in the spring. I also found what appear to be buds on
The west/water altar and the north-west talismans were next, but I cannot up load any more pictures for this post, so you will just have to imagine them.
All in all, it was a good working, though my body is -- and will likely continue to -- offer complaints from the workout.