Knowing our places, inside and out

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T. Thorn Coyle's book Make Magic of Your Life might not, at first glance, look like it will have much in it of relevance to Pagans seeking to connect with the land beneath their feet, and the all-species tribe which it supports. The book focuses on desire and making desires into reality, taking the reader on a journey with the four powers of the Sphinx: to know, to will, to dare and to keep silent, and a fifth power, the power to manifest.It is an excellent book, filled with illuminating … [Read more...]

Make Magic of Your Life: wherever you are

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T. Thorn Coyle's latest book, Make Magic of Your Life, is everything I expected it would be. It's easy to read, thought provoking, deceptively simple, conversational, and full of reminders to breathe. It's also a great place to start for people who want to make changes to their lives, or who want to dip into concepts like magic without having to cast spells.The book focuses on the powers of the Sphinx: to know, to will, to dare and to keep silent. Much of this book resonated for me from … [Read more...]

In love with the Gods of the city

Image by k1ng. Used under CC license.

This month's guest post is from Joshua Graham, and explores a personal perspective on urban Paganism. ---------------------------------------------------------- I hate trees. Ok, so I don’t actually hate them, but most of the time, when I am speaking to other Pagans and Witches (terms which I use interchangeably to describe myself), I find I must make this strong a statement just to get my point across.As a child growing up in Northwest part of the state of Georgia, USA, I was constantly s … [Read more...]

The importance of beauty

The view from my bathroom window this morning.

I am lucky enough to live in what I consider to be an intensely beautiful landscape. This is especially the case on mornings like this morning, when the sky is blue and the sun shines bright. The hills become honey-coated; the sky is endless.Beauty is a vitally important part of my relationship with place. If a place is ugly, it is hard for me to get past that in order to begin to form a relationship, a connection. I shrink back from such places. They make me uncomfortable and … [Read more...]

The Sit Spot

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If you want to get to know a place, the first thing you have to do is get out of your house and out of your car. Remove the barriers between yourself and the world around you. Take walks and then sit still.No matter how well you think you know a place, you can't really know it until you've spent a long time sitting quietly in one little spot. Every time you move around you send signals to all the creatures around you to run and hide. The sound of your footsteps, your breath, your voice and … [Read more...]

A Place Within A Place: reconsidering what is sacred

Elisabet Ney Museum : Hyde Park : Austin, Texas

The bees are still. The wild hive in the back garden is quiet. It's cold out. A sliver of moon rides high in the sky: french tip manicure nail of beauty. The air is crisp, with hints of sycamore leaf, tobacco smoke, and steel--the numb metallic smell when too cold air is breathed in through the nostrils.This week, winter weather dances over Austin.As dusk deepens, I walk to one of the neighborhood coffee shops. A faint glow graces the horizon. Porch lights are on. Colored bulbs drip from … [Read more...]

Walking meditation

Birds on a pond, Queens Park, Glasgow Dec 2012

One of my key practices is the walking meditation. I go out alone and walk wherever my feet take me. Sometimes it's a known path. Sometimes I may follow a walking route that I've found on the map. Usually, I just step outside and start walking, and if a street or path catches my eye -- perhaps a corner I've never turned onto before, or one I haven't walked on lately -- I see where it takes me.The walking meditation is not completely unlike a sitting meditation. It takes a few moments to get … [Read more...]


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