Graveyard Whispers

A grave marker in Dalkeith, Scotland

Some people think that graveyards are spooky. I find them fascinating places of deep spiritual significance. [Read more...]

London Calling: connecting with big cities

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Cities can get a bad rap in modern paganism, especially in modern witchcraft. We idealize the countryside, dreaming of our little witches’ cottage, and demonize the dirty ole towns. But cities are our unique creations, reflecting human creativity and culture like no other. This week Traci shares her tips for connecting with a true megacity — London, England. [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

People and Place

This way to the Iron Age earth works

Do people make a place the way it is or does a place shape the people who live there? [Read more...]

How a valley in Scotland changed my theology

Our favourite walk, c. 2001.

Something started to change fundamentally in my theology once I moved to Scotland. I often say I learnt more magic in my first year in Eskdalemuir than I have ever learned from books or workshops, before or since. And it was the profound shift which happened in my consciousness which made both the change and the learning possible. [Read more...]

The puzzle of the Mother of Modern Witchcraft — a village witch who lived in a tower block

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Doreen Valiente was the Mother of Modern Witchcraft, a religion which deifies Nature – yet she lived in a tower block, and loved it there. Elinor Predota ponders this apparent paradox. [Read more...]


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