Spiritual Sovereignty

COMUNIDAD COFÁN LAGUNA DE LA PERLA by Agencia De Noticia Andes

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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Beltane On The Beach: An Enduring Maine Tradition

2 Maypoles, during one of the cooler years at Popham Beach. Photo by Michael Berube, www.bardtographer.com. Used with permission.

Despite the beauty of Popham Beach, Beltane On The Beach is at its core about the Pagan community in Maine. Over the years there have been countless weddings, handfastings, initiations, rights of passage, and other rituals to be witnessed by the community, in addition to the Beltane traditions of the Maypole Dancing. [Read more...]

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The Common Riding: Langholm’s Great Day

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As Pagans, we are often used to thinking of traditions linking people to seasons and to land as ancient and lost, not contemporary, living things. Langholm Common Riding, and other traditions like it give the lie to this idea. [Read more...]

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The Witchcraft of Place

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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

my Little Bigs at Pedernales Falls

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

Roman Aqueduct in Segovia, Spain (CC Manuel González Olaechea y Franco)

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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