Spiritual Sovereignty

My heart bleeds for the religious traditions that have been lost to the onslaught of evangelical religions. Christianity isn’t the only one. Islam has wiped out many Pagan cultures, and so has Buddhism. But not all religious changes have come through force or evangelism. How should we Pagans act when we meet indigenous people who have left their traditional religions for these evangelical religions. [Read more…]

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Footprints in the Muck, Blind Spots, & Seeing Past the Light

Mud is a messy dialogue. It is the in-between state, the parley between earth & water, ground & sky, inside & outside, soft & hard, firm & fluid. Mud season in Maine looks both backward and forward. [Read more…]

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Developing a Daily Devotional Practice of Place

For many of us, there is no choice but to re-dream the magickal practices that we will follow and that we will teach to others. We can do so in an airy way with no grounding, and our practice will be as thin as the work we put behind it, or we can use the power of aspects of our own culture — of Western science and nature studies along side myth and legend from our ancestors — to provide us with some of the tools we use for that re-dreaming. By tying your religious practice to a daily devotional activity of meeting your non-human neighbors through guides, your sit spot and nature walks, you can find that “advanced” knowledge you have been hungering for. [Read more…]

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Small Revolutions in Urban Reclamation

It’s a system that has died, been reborn, is on life support and is completely managed by man, so what am I finding? [Read more…]

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Elemental Ethos: Water

The metaphysical associations with water tend to be the realm of emotions and felt experience. These associations do not surprise me, particularly when one looks at the symptoms of dehydration: sleepiness, irritability, dizziness, delirium, heart palpitations, confusion, fuzzy thinking, seizures, and nausea. Is it any wonder that our ancestors then associated Water with emotional experience? [Read more…]

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The Burning Heart of the Forest

The Burning Heart of the Forest will never die out: a photo essay [Read more…]

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Pagan is Latin for Redneck

“Paganus” is an ancient term of otherness. It was disparaging, much like the “redneck” of today. [Read more…]

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