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    To celebrate mother river

    The river that has brought life to this city is free of the icing grip of the winter cold, and i want to celebrate her freedom. I am, by all means, solitair in this, and quiet the minimalist when it comes to my ritual practices, but i'd like to do Something at least.

    Anyone want to share, or teach, or suggest a fitting way to cherish her, or just want to add some thought to the situation?

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    Re: To celebrate mother river

    Which river? Because...that makes a difference. Also, where on the river matters. I grew up right off the Mississippi, right in the middle of it (length wise), and its personality there is much different from down by New Orleans or up near Lake Itaska where it starts.
    “You have never answered but you did not need to. If I stand at the ocean I can hear you with your thousand voices. Sometimes you shout, hilarious laughter that taunts all questions. Other nights you are silent as death, a mirror in which the stars show themselves. Then I think you want to tell me something, but you never do. Of course I know I have written letters to no-one. But what if I find a trident tomorrow?" ~~Letters to Poseidon, Cees Nooteboom

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    Re: To celebrate mother river

    The river is named after the small city in sweden it runs through, Eskilstuna, and where i live is at the northern part, just downstream from where the river is set free from the dams and locks. The mother is... Calm, but often bitter here. She is polluted by the city, but she is strong and wise. She ties together two great lakes, Hjälmaren and Mälaren, and is the only outlet from Hjälmaren to the ocean, and so she is important. And she has cared for this city for over a thousand years now. Though she's going to overflow and cause great damage to the houses and factories nearby, as she coes every hundred year or so. In fact, she's about twenty years late, which just adds on to her sense of bitterness.

    In short, i want to make the bitter and disappointed mother of our civilization happy and proud.

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    Re: To celebrate mother river

    Then...what actions can you practically do for the river? Are there any organizations that do clean ups? Opportunities for citizen science? Do you live somewhere in the watershed where you could plant a rain garden or garden to benefit local wildlife? These sorts of practical actions are often well recieved as an active devotion by one's genius loci.
    “You have never answered but you did not need to. If I stand at the ocean I can hear you with your thousand voices. Sometimes you shout, hilarious laughter that taunts all questions. Other nights you are silent as death, a mirror in which the stars show themselves. Then I think you want to tell me something, but you never do. Of course I know I have written letters to no-one. But what if I find a trident tomorrow?" ~~Letters to Poseidon, Cees Nooteboom

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    ~~Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

    "We are the offspring of history, and must establish our own paths in this most diverse and interesting of conceivable universes--one indifferent to our suffering, and therefore offering us maximal freedom to thrive, or to fail, in our own chosen way."
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    Re: To celebrate mother river

    There is actually a local groups that work with cleaning up the nature in and around the city. I'll contact them and go from there. Thanks

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    Re: To celebrate mother river

    I agree that the most profound offerings to landvaettir, rivervaettir and other genus loci are usually centered around clean up, conservation or rehabilitation of related land and geographical features. Riverwights who are closely linked with cities can be particularly appreciative of work that aims to reduce pollution and increase awareness of water catchments and the interactions between the different aspects and species of their particular system. Looking to the health of animal and plant species who are endemic to that river system is also a good idea, particularly because many of these are threatened or endangered and are important to the health of the river itself. Even relatively simple things like considering the environment of your own backyard are often overlooked... and I don't mean cleaning up your yard or pulling weeds... I mean ensuring that you are planting native species, that your yard is laid out in a way that utilities local weather patterns, that doesn't require too much extra maintenance and attracts native insects and birds. Granted, this is often more specific to landvaettir rather than rivervaettir, but it depends on how close to the river you are and what your local insect and frog populations are like.

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