About Traci

Traci Laird is an animist living in Ireland and hails from the great state of Texas (a mythic heritage she is quite proud of!).  Her current academic pursuits are in Sociology and Psychology, and she engages a “sensuous scholarship” when seeking to understand Place.  She can also be found at Confessions of a Hedge Witch

This Tiresome Place

There are places where humans still stop to chat, without looking at a watch or worrying that they might be late to something … somewhere … because the person standing in front of them is the now. There are places where nectar and marrow are still sucked by everyone, not just a wealthy few. There are places that don’t make me so tired, that don’t require me to fight, always fight, just to live my life. [Read more...]

Do The Gods Care About Money?

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As an animist, I struggle to find my place among modern paganism. My concept of gods and their relationship to humanity is just one of the many issues that often separates me from my fellows. [Read more...]

Creating a Place-Based Practice

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On the second dark moon of January, a group of 9 gathered in my front garden. We sought uncharted territory; in fact, were willing to risk vulnerability to find it. There, in my front garden that night, was the first meeting of an advanced working group committed to discovering the Place specific spirituality of Central Texas. [Read more...]

Oiche Fhéile Bhríde: The Eve of St. Brighid’s Feast

Tomorrow night is the eve of St. Brighid’s Feast, perhaps one of the most celebrated holidays in Ireland. No, there won’t be any mad parties or green beer; not even wild heathen drumming on the High Places. Instead, the evening is about family, purification, and continuity of ancient practices. [Read more...]

A Pagan Goes To FreezerBurn

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An animist pagan attends a regional Burn and discovers how the principles of radical self-reliance and self-expression relate to her practice as a Feri Witch. [Read more...]

TED Talk: A Sense of Place

We exist only in real places; whether we notice them, or not, whether we respect them, or not, whether we can describe them, or not. This week Traci shares an import TED Talk by poet Dana Gioia. [Read more...]

Paganism’s Messiah Complex

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A troubling component of the western centric world view can be found within western paganism. As second and first generation pagans continue to question and redefine cultural understanding, one narrative that is particularly antithetical to pagan values ought to be considered: anthropocentrism. [Read more...]


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