A Choice of Worldings

"King Ludd"

I've mentioned multiple times in my posts here that the matter of undoing the disenchantment of the world comes down to a question of worlding.  That is, how we choose to world the earth and our experiences determines whether or not we world into disenchantment or we world with the gods and spirits.This is a matter of choice.  Do we choose to believe that the gods and spirits act in the world, or do we choose to believe that we humans are the sole agents of experience?  I've two examples th … [Read more...]

Display, Filter, Conceal

The Lady of Shalott (W.M. Egley)

Five months ago, I embarked on a pilgrimage to Bretagne, following strange, haunting dreams I’d had for months before, seeking something I wasn’t certain I’d find.  I did find them, and more--I found the physical realities of those visions, saw things I’d glimpsed in ritual space, and had even more haunting dreams while there which I’m still trying to unravel. And it was all beautiful, and I wish I could show you what I saw, but...I lost my camera.During the middle of a 10-hour hike along the … [Read more...]

The Liberation of the Earth

Familiar to Anarchists and Witches...

“It is immoral to use private property in order to alleviate the horrible evils that result from the institution of private property. It is both immoral and unfair.”--Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under SocialismIn the light of the crescent moon she creeps in, hooded in black.  It’s late, and hardly anyone would be awake.  The darkness is her friend, her ally, and it is best to stalk in silence.  Slipping under the fence, her jeans and sweatshirt covered in dust and fallen leaves, she gaze … [Read more...]

Please Don’t Hit Me

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When I was young, "going to town" is what we in the foothills of Appalachia considered an awfully big deal. We’d all get quite excited, drest in clean and un-torn clothes (there weren’t many of these), put on shoes, and pile into my factory-working father’s car.We lived about 30 miles from the “town,” which bore the Shawnee name for town, so it was perhaps not all that odd that we called it town. “Town” meant something akin to what one imagines a peasant thought of as “going to market,” where … [Read more...]

Capitalism and the Spirit of Place

My home for 13 years

Thirteen years ago, after a short stint of homelessness, I moved into a house which was to become my home for most of my adult life.I have stories of the place, for a place is not just a background or setting for a story, but it is a story in itself. Sun-soaked evenings upon a porch overlooking a lake and the mountains, clinging to the edge of the most interesting and living neighborhood in Seattle. Strangers would stop and stare, take photos and wave, sometimes look longingly, sometimes … [Read more...]

Of Love and Land Spirits

Courtesy Eric Wallen

  We, by the Lake Willow inclines her tasseled boughs towards the earth, but in the south, Oak is tasseled too, garlanded with Spanish Moss.  Sage-blue tufts drape over branches, gossamer ribbons adorning the shade-queen of the summerlands. Willow mourns, but at night, so too does Oak, a dirging dance of stillness, unnoticed steps through silver light seeping through clouded skies.A moon ago I sat under her cloaking branches with him, by the lake whose surface shimmered in slight … [Read more...]

The Logic of Disenchantment

Cyril Mann--"Dark Satanic Mills"

Think, if you will, upon the earth below your feet. Consider the worlds of life in the soil, the dance and struggles of unseen lives breaking down and building up the very stuff upon which our lives are built. Think on that soil, sustaining the pillars of our homes, bequeathing nourishment to the fecundity of trees and plants whose roots reach deeply into its dark loam--delving ever farther down while reaching up towards the light of sun, star and moon. Think of the rain dripping from leaf and … [Read more...]


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