Lessons from the river

River Clyde, Glasgow, Scotland

I spent most of my young life living near the ocean. I could never imagine what it was like for people who never saw a beach in their lives, or who called the banks of a large lake "the beach". To me, the idea that a place where the waves weren't large enough to surf could be called a beach seemed silly, wrong headed, even. I grew up taking great comfort from the smell of the sea, the blanket of fog in the morning and evening, and the sounds of the waves. So, when I was 29 and found myself far … [Read more...]

Sacred Space

Stained Glass At Glasgow Cathedral

On this Christmas Day, I'd like to tell you about a place that is sacred to Christians that had a profound impact on me. This is not the only Christian sacred space that has touched me or taught me a lesson. (I'm sure I'll tell you of another come Easter.) But this place is special to me right now because it is right here in Glasgow. But I can't just tell you about the place. I have to tell you the story...Once upon a time, in July of this past year, to be precise, I came to Scotland for the … [Read more...]

Foraging connection

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One of the major influences on my early Pagan development was a quiz called "Where You At?" developed by Leonard Charles, Jim Dodge, Lynn Milliman, and Victory Stockley, published in Coevolution Quarterly #32 in 1981 and later re-published with some changes as part of an essay called "Nature Religion for Real" by Chas Clifton. I will be coming back to this quiz many times as explore place in this blog, because I return to it again and again in my personal path. Question #7 in the original quiz … [Read more...]

Connecting through language

For many people, the idea of learning a new language is reason for distress. To me, it’s an opportunity to talk to new people and spirits. While some magickal workers would argue that spirits are not limited by language barriers, my personal experience suggests that language is a powerful key in the search for connection. It may be entirely true that you can speak to any spirit in your own language, but it seems that the spirits, just like humans, like it when you make the extra effort.It’s n … [Read more...]

A journey through place

Carmel Beach, Haifa

I’d always wanted to live in Israel. When I was in second grade at a private Jewish school in San Francisco, one of my Hebrew teachers told me that Haifa was a lot like my hometown. I decided then that when I grew up, I’d live there. The first time I visited Israel, I was 17 years old, and the experience confirmed in my head that I had to live there. Somehow, I just belonged to that place.When I was 27 I moved there. People would ask me why. I’d joke that it was my Hebrew School brain … [Read more...]


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