Meeting New Spirits

It’s been over four months since we moved up here on the north coast of the island (how did the time go by so quickly?). Settling in a very rural place where the soundscape is punctuated with the calls of roosters, frogs (invasive coquis from Puerto Rico) among other things. An intermittent stream runs below our house, often just pools in rocks, but it flowed whitewater and fierce for a couple weeks from Thanksgiving on—we had 10 days of almost non-stop rain. The strongest presence here whose music has delighted my heart. Obviously this Nie-nie has many moods, often reticent, sometimes exuberant, and from what I hear even ferocious at times, having taken a woman a few years back, who carelessly thought she could cross it during full cascade.



In a time of endless bad news and seemingly ever-increasing chaos in the world, being in such an isolated place has its advantages. We had a great mac nut harvest from the trees behind the house but the sweet potatoes were taken, tuber, stem and leaf by the wild pigs who know the place well!


We’re upslope, some 1700 or 1800 feet on the north shore, and the nights have recently grown chilly, a welcomed hint of winter. I know some of you year for more sun in your northern locations, but I year for more darkness. I’ve always found darkness deeply nurturing.


It’s challenge to live in such a different environment than I’m used to from the west coast of North America, but slowly making acquaintance with the local spirits is an ongoing and rewarding process.

Water flowing by ginger plants.


Over at paganbloggers I have some mythic thoughts you may want to read:


6 thoughts on “Meeting New Spirits

  1. Good to hear a bit from you!

    Question: in your article that you linked to there, you used an adjectival form that I’m not familiar with immediately: “Annuvian.” Can you say a bit more about this, for my own ignorance’s sake?

    1. PS aediculaantinoi and finnchuill ‘Annuvian’ is a term which I believe was first used by Will Parker in his book The Four Branches of the Mabinogi, (Bardic Press, 2005). Yes, it does seem to be an Anglicisation of Annwn/Annwfn a bit like Roman, Grecian etc.

  2. I hadn’t heard of plastiglomerates as the marker of the Anthropocene before. That is indeed disturbing and does seem to the be work of an anti-alchemy. If Annwn is the place where old worlds are digested by ancient monsters and broken down into myth how long will it take? What will the result be? This issue has come up in my work with Afagddu, Ceridwen’s dark son, who is known as ‘Sea Raven’ the cormorant who swallows stones to dive down to the deep and poisoned plastic flooded places. In some ways he might be seen as one of those early monsters who never got perfected and entered acceptable human civilisation. I’ll certainly be following this up – thanks for posting.

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