The Queen of Fair Elfland

Now, I think I could make a good case that New Orleans and Faerie are not that different in some respects. They are both beautiful and a bit, well, sketchy; full of glamorie, charming and occasionally unseelie inhabitants, and very good musicians. They both exist on their own terms, with an independent sense of the passage of time and a peculiar etiquette. Really the biggest difference is that if you go to New Orleans, you definitely want to eat the food. [Read more…]

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The Witchcraft of Place

Every so often, I teach a workshop I call “Ditch Witch: Magical Uses of Common Roadside Plants”…Nearly everything I could possibly need, magically speaking, is within a mile of where I am sitting right now. I live in a treasure trove built partly of ecology and partly of culture; both the vibrant, complex, living ecosystems of the Southeast, and the slow-built web of knowledge that ties the people to the land. [Read more…]

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Creating a Place-Based Practice

On the second dark moon of January, a group of 9 gathered in my front garden. We sought uncharted territory; in fact, were willing to risk vulnerability to find it. There, in my front garden that night, was the first meeting of an advanced working group committed to discovering the Place specific spirituality of Central Texas. [Read more…]

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The Past is a Place We Still Inhabit

Our belief that the present is somehow exceptional, that we are modern and more developed than other peoples and from our “primitive” state sustains both our disenchanted world and the racism of Western culture. [Read more…]

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Oiche Fhéile Bhríde: The Eve of St. Brighid’s Feast

Tomorrow night is the eve of St. Brighid’s Feast, perhaps one of the most celebrated holidays in Ireland. No, there won’t be any mad parties or green beer; not even wild heathen drumming on the High Places. Instead, the evening is about family, purification, and continuity of ancient practices. [Read more…]

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Paganism’s Messiah Complex

A troubling component of the western centric world view can be found within western paganism. As second and first generation pagans continue to question and redefine cultural understanding, one narrative that is particularly antithetical to pagan values ought to be considered: anthropocentrism. [Read more…]

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Urban Witchcraft: The Power of Rot

Death and decay, forces that have concerned human-persons for millennia, are still actively propitiated in modern times. This week, Traci shares how an urban witch might sacrifice to these Great Powers, and why. [Read more…]

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