“I recalled how the sermons portrayed snakes as evil bearers; deceiving creatures, chastisers of those who wished to know too much. But then my thoughts would turn to older stories, stories in which these animals acted as guardians of the household and symbols of wisdom."
"I welcomed my old age with open arms, even if that meant that my legs struggled more to walk.
The fact that we were pilgrims wasn’t technically false: we peregrinated. Just… not for strictly devotional reasons. In some way, I believe Mercury and Hecate assisted us more than Saint James. With us travelled relic-selling clerics, merchants of unguents and miraculous powders, roving monks, medicine women, soldiers on their way back home from some war, bards."