Fire Speaks—The Story of the Opossum & The Tepoztlán Protection Ritual
Casa Xiuhtecuhtli | Tepoztlán, Morelos
Dec. 9, 2023 | 2:00 pm-12:30 am
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Twelve years ago, the Tepoztlán Sacred Fire community asked Grandfather Fire for help during a troubling time.
He responded by gifting the people an annual protection ritual.


This ritual, which has its roots in the ancestral traditions of the Sacred Valley of Tepoztlán, invokes the energy of the local protector mountains for the benefit of those who live there—and also for the benefit of those who come from afar to participate.


Be part of this very special event, which is followed by a Fire Speaks audience with Grandfather Fire. No matter where you live, this ritual offers protection from harmful and disruptive influences. Participants will have the option to take ceremonial ashes home to be used according to instructions given during the event.


The Story of the Opossum

In the drawing, the tigers represent the challenges the opossum encountered to bring fire to the people (Drawing by Di Li)

Mesoamerican ancestral traditions tell the story of how Opossum brought fire to human beings.  For this and other important reasons, Opossum is considered a sacred animal. Grandfather Fire, the holder of all stories, has offered to share the original legend of  Opossum with us during this fire.  

“You will never be the same after listening to this story”, Grandfather said in one of his recent appearances.


Bring your questions. Grandfather Fire will offer counsel to everyone.

In difficult times, the ageless ally of the Spirit of Fire arrives to help.

In Indigenous cultures, when the need for community guidance is urgent, such as when a situation of great imbalance exists, there exist traditions of an individual being selected for Divine to speak through—so the guidance can be heard clearly.

Now is such a time.

In many original traditions in the Americas, the spirit of Fire is known as “Grandfather Fire.” Since 1999, Grandfather Fire has been making appearances at Sacred Fire gatherings around the world. He has chosen a Huichol shaman, don David Wiley, to be his spokesperson.

In a ceremonial setting, we invite Grandfather to share his guidance.

Grandfather is wise, funny, provoking, and astonishingly insightful. An evening with the elemental spirit of Fire is an opportunity to ask our most pressing questions about the mysteries of life and to deepen our connection with the sacred. Being in Grandfather’s presence can inspire us to manifest deeper courage in meeting the challenges of our lives.

To assist your travels to and from Mexico, Sacred Fire teams will help coordinate your travel, including (CLICK HERE for more information):

  • Arranging ground transportation from Mexico City International Airport
  • Reserving a hotel room
  • Orienting you to the town and travel
  • Arranging return ground transportation
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If you would like assistance making your travel plans to Mexico, please contact Erica Cohen at .


  • Grandfather Fire

    Grandfather Fire—Traditional cultures throughout the Americas have long known Fire to be a wise and loving presence. Many Aboriginal and First Nations peoples call the Spirit of Fire Grandfather. During Fire Speaks audiences, traditional healer Don David Wiley lends his body so the Spirit of Fire can answer questions from those who come to hear His stories and wisdom.  Spending time with Grandfather Fire and his teachings about living life from Heart has helped thousands find clarity and courage to meet life’s challenges in a new way. Grandfather Fire is wise, funny, provoking, and profoundly insightful. Spending an evening with Him is a unique opportunity to ask your most pressing questions about life’s mysteries and deepen your connection with the sacred spirits of the natural world.



For information about traveling to Mexico and attending this event CLICK HERE

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Mexican residents should contact Ana Cortés to register at

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Saturday, December 9th

2:00 pm—Registration and Check-in

  • Potluck, social time and tours to the Nahua and Huichol temples at Casa Xiuhtecuhtli 
  • Presentations and Q&A about Casa Xiuhtecuhtli, the activities and events hosted on this Sacred Land and the significance of Fire Speaks and the Protection Ritual.
  • Delicious atole, sweet bread and coffee for light dinner (separate purchase, please bring pesos)

6:30 pm—Ceremony to create the ritual space that supports the presence of Grandfather Fire.

8:00 pm—Protection Ritual

8:30 pm-1:30 am—Audience with Grandfather Fire

All times are subject to change, we appreciate your patience and flexibility.


Sunday, December 10 (Optional for those who are able to stay an extra day)

4:00-5:00 pm—Return to Casa Xiuhtecuhtli to pick up ashes from the fire to take home with you. These ashes carry the energy of the Protection Ritual. Instructions for their use will be given at the Fire.

5:00 pm—7:00 pm— Follow up Fire: We gather again around the Fire to share our experiences, insights and understanding of our time with Grandfather.


$100 USD early bird pricing ends November 30th

$130 USD regular pricing begins December 1st

ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL: If you are unable to attend, you may transfer your ticket to someone else to attend Fire Speaks December 4, 2021, in Tepoztlán. Please let us know the transferee’s name via email at

On the day of the event, If you have Covid-19 symptoms, have been exposed to someone with Covid-19 in the past 2 weeks or are not well when arriving for registration onsite you will receive a full refund. Alternatively, you may also maintain your registration and apply it towards another Fire Speaks event in 2024.


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Hosting Firekeeper(s): Ana Cortés, Erica Cohen and Jaime Velez

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