A Little Meander on Culture: or, what one does when the Wi-Fi dies


On the About The Authors page of this blog, I mention 'sensuous scholarship' as my approach to academic study.   I like to get my hands dirty and engage my entire body when exploring a topic, hence when I wanted to better understand Irish culture and mythology, I moved to Ireland.  Now that I'm here, I get out and visit the places associated with the festivals and events mentioned in the mythology and folklore.  I speak to Irish people living in those areas, and, more importantly, I take the tim … [Read more...]

The Awakening Spring: of light, embodiment, and soliphilia

Cairn T Backstone : Loughcrew : Ireland

Yesterday was the vernal equinox.   Here in Ireland, we have a solar alignment that occurs in cairn T on Slieve na Caillaigh during this astronomical event.  It’s a phenomenal sight!But that’s not what I want to talk about.The spring equinox heralds the Light half of the year.  We aren’t fully there yet (as it doesn’t officially begin until Bealtaine) but oh...we are tantalizingly close.  Close enough, in fact, for spirits to rise and frivolity to ensue.  Just look at St. Patrick’s Da … [Read more...]

Enchantment: coming back to our Selves


... I looked at her And felt her watching; I became a strange being ... D.H. Lawrence, upon seeing a doeLast week I discussed my need for more enchantment, which led to a conversation about  disenchantment, and its alienating influence on society.   This week I conclude by talking about  the internal impact of objectification, and how I (re)enchanted my life.There is a Void at our core.  So threatening is this hollowness that it presses us to a-Voidance.  We search out "secondary sat … [Read more...]

Enchantment: the story of disconnection in our modern world

my lane : cork : ireland

Last week I realized I need more enchantment in my life.  I am neck deep in the study of sociology and psychology; two subjects which, while deliciously interesting, are emotionally heavy and revealing.  They strip away the veneer, and force you to look under the proverbial carpet--that place humanity ‘hides’ what it doesn’t want to deal with.While considering my need for enchantment, I also contemplated: how I define it, what it means to me, and why it is integral when talking about Place an … [Read more...]

Sheep in my front garden: we’re not in Texas anymore

I heard a rumor that Mercury is retrograde this week.  If that is indeed the case, I believe it has taken control of our blog!  :eep:  So, in the spirit of easy communication and plain ole FUN, let me share a story.Tuesday morning, as I lazed in bed, I thought I saw a white blur dart past the window.  This seemed odd, considering I live in a two-story farmhouse and my bedroom is upstairs.  I was reluctant to get out of my warm bed to investigate, so I pulled the comforter up around  my chin. … [Read more...]

What Place is This? Our spaceship among the stars

the pentacle surrounding our planet : video capture "Nova, Earth From Space"

Last week I pondered the geographic specificity with which ancient Irish kingship was based.  Most of us, when thinking of our "place", think in terms of the very specific, whether that be our favorite tree, back garden, neighborhood, county, province, state or country. What we rarely imagine is our place on and within the living organism of our planet, which is itself a spaceship among the stars.I am an initiate in the Faery/Feri tradition of witchcraft.  This tradition works with a d … [Read more...]

Snakes in the Dark: beginning to remember

Brú na Bóinne : Ireland

My feet are bare as I run through the pasture.  Calluses, built over years of refusal to wear shoes, give them a protective layer all their own.  Long, dark hair billows behind me--a knot of tangle and wave. My mind is full of one thought, one intention: Grandma’s house.I will sit at her feet and help shell peas while she tells me stories.Maybe she will comb my hair and braid it.We will sit quiet together, while the wind rustles the curtains in the breezeway and she twiddles her thu … [Read more...]