The material, the sacred and the erotic: a contemplation for Lammas

My 2007 homemade Lammas loaf: 100% rye, 100% sourdough

Our chants and songs declare, “The Earth is our Mother: we must take care of Her,” or “Mother Earth carry me; your child I will always be.” But is the relationship of child to mother one we should continually be reinforcing? [Read more...]

Happy calendrical Lughnasadh

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

The ordinary, everyday occult knowledge of herbs, flowers and beasts

A bottle of honeysuckle cordial (pink) and a bottle of meadowseet cordial, both made this last weekend.

Like many other Pagans, I seek occult knowledge and personal gnosis in formal ways, through practices such as ritual and the reading of Tarot cards. But they also find me when I’m not looking for them, often in relation to the more-than-human inhabitants with whom I share this landscape, and through conversations and interactions with friends. [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Stories of Gods and mortals: myth and Pagan practice

The constellation of Orion, the first I learnt to associate with its Ancient Greek origin story. Picture by Mouser, used under Creative Commons license: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Mouser

The Gods of Pagan mythologies are involved not in an elaborate theology, but in an interweaving of tales of basic human-like needs, urges and relationships – sometimes mapped to land, weather and cultural practices. [Read more...]

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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