Anatomy of The Spirit of Place

Photo: © 2015 Elisheva Sterling.

I am a conscious being who lives and has experiences which affect me and shape my identity and personality. This does not seem strange in any way, even though modern science tells me that most of my body is not actually made up of parts with my DNA. There are bacteria and virii as well as chemicals which course through me which, if taken separately, are not “me”, but taken together are all part of me and all influence me, my thoughts and my activities. [Read more...]

On Place, Pagan Values, and Politicizing Paganism

Sunset through the young trees in "my" woods. Photo: ©2015 James Lindenschmidt. CC by-sa

These woods where I live have a spirit to them, a kind of consciousness, and my own spirit is bettered when I deepen my relationship with these woods. This is my Paganism. [Read more...]

So, This is Tanzania…

Photo: ©2015 Elisheva Sterling.  CC by-sa

It’s kind of amazing to think about the fact that we are standing on the surface of a ball that’s hurtling through space. We can get into an airplane and fly over the surface of that ball, and when we get out, we’re standing on another part. It’s the same ball, but things are so different. People speak a different language. Many of the plants are different. The food is different. And yet, so much is the same. It is the same big ball, after all. [Read more...]

Be Here Now

Economy seats in KLM widebody jet.

It’s the day before hopping on a plane I am wound up tight as can be. I can’t think straight. My breath is shallow. I feel fragile and cracked.

As I drive the tiny rental car between the place where I’ve been staying and the storage locker, a thought hits me right between my eyes. [Read more...]

Spiritual Sovereignty

COMUNIDAD COFÁN LAGUNA DE LA PERLA by Agencia De Noticia Andes

My heart bleeds for the religious traditions that have been lost to the onslaught of evangelical religions. Christianity isn’t the only one. Islam has wiped out many Pagan cultures, and so has Buddhism. But not all religious changes have come through force or evangelism. How should we Pagans act when we meet indigenous people who have left their traditional religions for these evangelical religions. [Read more...]

Beltane On The Beach: An Enduring Maine Tradition

2 Maypoles, during one of the cooler years at Popham Beach. Photo by Michael Berube, www.bardtographer.com. Used with permission.

Despite the beauty of Popham Beach, Beltane On The Beach is at its core about the Pagan community in Maine. Over the years there have been countless weddings, handfastings, initiations, rights of passage, and other rituals to be witnessed by the community, in addition to the Beltane traditions of the Maypole Dancing. [Read more...]

Earth Day: A Moment to Celebrate

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So it is on this Earth Day that I recall that early enthusiasm, with the real world just outside the door, just off the gravel road, just behind a neighbor’s house, just in that stand of trees. Challenges await, but today I celebrate. [Read more...]


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