Sacred Places

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Restoring our connection to them & recognizing their true worth

Since the beginning of time as long as people have journeyed across the landscape they have encountered breathtaking natural locations that were once considered holy.

Many of these revered presences included mountains, rivers, caves, and valleys. They were where spiritual illumination could be received, protection granted and gifts bestowed upon those who knew how to approach these hallowed places and build a special, connective relationship. Usually, these people would be called to a shamanic path that required devotion to these places and cycles of visitation, bringing specially prescribed offerings that would form the basis for reciprocation. The people and families of the villages would benefit from this irreplaceable help. This was more than belief. This was their experience and therefore, this living engagement was incorporated into the traditions, and faithfully passed on for countless generations. 

The Wixárika (Huichol) word for them is Kaka+yarixi (pronounced kah-kah-oo-yah-re-ree) (Kaka+yari sg.), which implies an ancestral relationship to humans, inferring “those who came before us”, and that they are watching and influencing our lives.

As times changed and Euro-modernity, with its secular materialism, began to replace the sense of the divinely informative transcendent, new culture supplanted what had been learned and related to for thousands of years. The living wisdom that was passed on from generation to generation, usually in oral form, became forgotten, misinterpreted, or even rejected. The honoring of these godly manifestations and the effort and sacrifice required to engage them became neglected. Sacred landscapes are nowadays viewed simply as resources for exploitation or nonspiritual recreation.


Don David, through the help of Grandfather Fire, has been working to help others rediscover and recover some traditional ancestral ways of life including annual and cyclic ceremonies that honored these great beings, their relationship with us, and their role in the greater scheme of existence.

Grandfather Fire, or Tatewarí in Wixárika or Huehueteotl, in Nahuatl, the old-old fire god is considered the holder of all the stories and traditions that have been part of human history.

Beginning this 2023, we want to sing & thank the mountains of the four cardinal points that surround us here in the sacred Tepoztlan valley as a continuation & in gratitude for the Fire Speaks Audience we had at the end of 2022. That included the first part of a reintroduced local Protection Ritual (Chimalli or “shield” in Nahuatl).

In mid-January, the local community also had to go to Zempoala, as the next step in the ritual. A sacred, massive old volcano that oversees the nearby city of Cuernavaca and provides the area with fresh water. Pilgrims used to walk through these lands to get to Chalma, a sacred cave that now has a Catholic church built around it. Chalma is the second most visited sanctuary in Mexico after the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, another sacred place, built on the small Tepeyac peak, originally the location of three primary earth goddesses.


Grandfather Fire granted the local community in Tepoztlan the steps to this forgotten ancestral Protection Ritual that helps us reconnect to the great beings who safeguard Morelos. Through this yearly activity, they are re-engaged & now receive offerings so they can help reduce the dangers and violence exerted on the area. The offerings are very simple, yet people have stopped doing them because they do not know they exist and the benefits they bring.

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