Do you really think that the spirits recognize boundaries or do you think it's more of a cultural thing?
In the early stages of our planets evolution, the land was one big mass. There are parts of the Appalachian Mts. that run through Morocco and the British Isles. And we still can't say for sure where Native Americans came from.
I think that land spirits adapt to whoever is working with them, if they so choose. Personally, I haven't had any problems as long as I'm not too demanding .
A few years back I was told by a group of British Witches that I could not possibly practice any form of British Craft because I don't live in Britian. That is one of the biggest reasons why I feel this way.
Brea,this is something I am still working on, so my opinions may meander and change, but I see the land spirits of old as related to the ancestors. When people lived and died in a village, they WERE the land - their bodies decayed and fed the local flora. Nowadays bodies are resigned to graveyards, and the local flora is fed of the decay of local animals, but the ancestors are "separated" from their families no longer being allowed to be burried in the backyard but kept on "sacred land" (church graveyards - which was a big point with the church for breaking up ancesteral venergation and contact) or graveyard were people have to make a point of going once or twice a year instead of seeing their ancestors every time they went out of the house. As such, as a witch I had to work and makeing a much more contrived way of meeting and connecting with my ancestors. I had to invoke them into the current land I walk on, and give them a focus here. People who left their homeland often took a hearthstone with them which became like a godstone - a house and focus for their line and to some European paths, their gods were, in a sense, their ancestor as well. I find the land spirits here to be welcoming (well some of them, lol) but different from the ones of England. I have made my best connection when I use the natural things from England that I have gathered. Yes, the serpent energy is from the Earth and of the Earth. I think that divinity is also the clothing in which humans have dressed the power of the earth (and possibly beyond) in which to better relate to it. But the ancestors are used to a more local type of working. It is only within the last hundred or so years that people have become world travelers and families can be scattered over miles and contries. This is part of the evolution of craft work, to be able to work a new way of connecting when one no longer stands on the land of their ancestors. But as the serpent energy itself is of the earth, one must work with the serpent on which they stand. Adn the energy of any given place I find is affected by the nature of the area itself and the people living there. Garden-energy-land spirits are much more used to human interaction than wild-forest or evergaldes spirits. I have had to find a way of working that combines my ancestry with the area in which I walk. The native gods of North America are actually Native-American (Indian) gods. And the land was used to that and symbolized as that for thousands of years in American and only recently had these "new" (to this land) gods introduced. Yes, it is just another dressing of the Earth itself, but the land does not work with our idea of time and a few hunderd years is a mere blink of the eye to the land.
I can understand the comment by the person that one cannot work British craft on American soil, but understand a thing and agreeing with it are two different things. The land spirits here are NOT the same. The Earth energy is, the individual tree and land and rock spirits are not. But if I have learned anythign about the craft, it is that it is not a stagnant path, but an ever evolving one. And the mythology of the gods shows me that - Lilith went from a grain goddess to demon, Inanna became Ishtar, The Asier fought the Vanir (sp), and it is important to me to look at these changes and look beneath the dressings of the gods into the reasons for the changes. And the entire reason has been man's changeing point of view. Man's changing of the clothes in which he dresses his gods. But the underlying energy of the gods/energy/Earth has not changed. Neither has my basic ancestry. And for me, if I understand the WHY of these changes, then I can also understand and find ways to evolve my path into one that is still loyal to my ancestors. It is not "traditional" in that I am not on British land working with British local land spirits. But it is a recognizing and respectful working relationship with the land spirits here, and an invoking of the land and ancestral spirits from England. Many witches in England who are traditional and work with local land spirits may tell me there is no way I can practice Eurpoean craft here and to an extent they are correct - I can't practice their local craft here the way they do, but I can still practice the craft of my home here. This is what my ancestors ahve told me, it is what my gods have told me, it is what the spirits of the different woods and flora and rocks I have from England have told me. And I know who I put my belief in :-)