Starting From Ignorance

By Daniel Schwen (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

Last week I spoke of my children, this week I have a conversation with my Dad. I explore how growing up with the Jewish practice of questioning everything is what brought me to a distinctly Pagan path. It is the questions and the puzzling out of answers that has brought me onto this earth-based trail of Druidry and place-based eclectic religious expression. [Read more...]

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Passing Faith To The Next Generation

New dad Noé, aunt Maura, uncle David and baby Robert in 2009.

Perhaps you may think that the only Faith I gave my children was agnosticism, but it is in my questioning that my conversation on faith begins. That lack of knowing is where experience takes hold. This is the Faith that I have given to my children, and I am very proud to say that each of them have embraced it with dignity. [Read more...]

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Happy calendrical Lughnasadh

Enjoy “Lughnasadh Dance” by Gwydion Pendderwen! [Read more...]

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Bull Stones : the approach of Domhnach Chrom Dubh (Lughnasadh, Lughna Dubh)

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The Festival of Lughnassadh is approaching! The earth is swelling, the weather is warm, thunder rolls in the night, and the Irish landscape has been shaped with reminders of this ancient festival of The Bull — Chrom Dubh. [Read more...]

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A Weapons Problem

Two knives.

The kinds of knives that I enjoy tossing in my backpack for a weekend of camping or clipping to my front pocket for every day use are all illegal in Scotland. The fact that these tools are religious items probably won’t protect me in court. [Read more...]

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Genital Mutilation: a question for the modern-day animist

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The abortion debate rages in the US and Ireland, and we ask, “Who has the right to self-determination?” The answer is radicalizing for an animist, leading down a rabbit hole of epic proportion. Is the disruption to our exceptionalism worth it? What ARE the (reproductive) rights of nature, anyway? [Read more...]

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Communication 101 (for witches and others): toward Place speaking

What the Irish do when a glowing orb is seen in the sky.

Summer has finally arrived in Ireland (touch wood), and the fine weather draws people out of doors. With the pull of the ‘glowing orb’ on her mind, Traci considers how and when we tell sacred stories, and how considering such things is important for a Witch–or any animist. [Read more...]

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