‘Big’ people are people, too.

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Living in Eskdalemuir and not being part of the Samyé Ling community is an interesting experience. It has its advantages. But it’s also strange, in unexpected ways. [Read more...]

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Getting clear about my place: the uses of withdrawal

The view to the east from our house.

The body, sex and pleasure are all sacred, and it is vital not to exclude any aspect of our humanity from our spiritual development. However, I do think there is a place for withdrawal, even in immanence-based spiritual paths. My sense of my own space and place in the world is stronger, more rooted, and much, much calmer for my time of withdrawal. It’s not a part of everyone’s path, but it has its place, and we should be careful not to dismiss it too glibly. [Read more...]

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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...]

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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...]

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She cries: Summer Solstice in Scotland

The view from my office window earlier today. Yes, that is a hawthorn covered in 'May' blossom.

Today is the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere, and as the sun shines, the Cailleach has been crying for her son. [Read more...]

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Being in nature

Common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum). Image by JerryL2008 used under Creative Commons License.

The knowledge crept up on me: that I love being in nature, find it soothing, calming and connecting, not because it’s more beautiful, or more ‘authentic’, or better than obviously human environments, but because it doesn’t ask anything of me: it simply is. [Read more...]

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Place and vulnerability

Bella - Clayfields Chynna Moon - near the end of her life

A series of medical misfortunes prompts Elinor to reflect on the varying vulnerabilities of rural and urban living. [Read more...]

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