Finding Land Spirits and The Fae

Catriona McDonald

Helpful tips and tricks to finding the spirits we share space with on this earth. Preliminary Steps The following precautions should be heeded when one goes searching for spirits of land.Get out of your car. Remove the roof, fill it full of soil, and plant a tree inside. Turn off your phone.  If it's too smart to be turned off, apply open flame. Pull out your headphones and smash them with a rock.  Sweep up the pieces and dispose of them properly.  If recycling facilities do not exist … [Read more...]

Remembering the never born: claiming a sibling as an Ancestor

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As part of preparing for October's blogging about Ancestor remembrance, I had a long chat with my blogging partner for the project, the very lovely Reba Riley, who blogs on the Progressive Christian Channel at Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome. We found that we have a lot in common, from our shared interest in universal, heart aspects of spirituality, to some 'coincidences' in our personal histories and circumstances.My personal Ancestor remembranceWhen I was explaining to Reba how I … [Read more...]

Under the Pavement, The Forest

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I have a forest:It’s not mine, of course, anymore than anything else--my clothes, my home, my words--are mine or anyone’s.It’s a forest.  A small one, towering big-leaf Maples over small stands of Alder and scattered Cedars.  A small stream bed, waiting for the relentless Seattle rains to fill its ravine with flowing life.  Salmonberry is winning in its struggle with Blackberry, Snowberries with their understated leaves standing lightly over the sturdier Oregon Grape.The Elder isn … [Read more...]

A Tale of Hospital Spirits

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When I think of hospitals, I usually think of broken bones or mild concussions, ice skating accidents and bumps from falls of a bicycle. Most of the time, the hospital is where we go to get fixed up. But hospitals are strange places, where death is just as familiar as life, and no matter how hard the doctors and nurses fight, sometimes a life just slips away.The small town hospital where my mother went for a scheduled surgery last week is a busy and bustling place during the weekdays. It's … [Read more...]

The Crossroads of Memory

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Memory is a great crossroads, an always-in-between.  Step here and you're elsewhere, turn instead and another world opens before you. Walk back and you're there again, all paths before you, trod by someone who used to be you.You can walk those paths to meet you, but you're not him who was there.  You're later, you're another, treading trails another-you marked out for later.  Remember this, he might have thought, and the other him, who is you, tries to collect what was scattered. Re … [Read more...]

De-Colonizing Ourselves So We Can Help Others

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Today I read an article that made me steaming mad. It was predictable that it would upset me. My co-worker shared it with me telling me how much it angered her. Of course, I had to look. The article was all about how we need to stop encouraging people in less developed countries to be entrepreneurs and teach them instead to be factory workers. Because profit. The argument was that entrepreneurs in developing countries aren't going to make that much money if they just serve the other poor people … [Read more...]


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