Wrinkles in Space

The view looking Northward from near the flagpole at the top of the hill in Queen's Park in Glasgow.

Have you ever been to a place over and over again and then suddenly one day, you notice something that you never noticed before? This is one of a group of phenomena that my close friends and family chalk up to “dimension shift”. We say it half-jokingly, half-seriously, because there is a sense of mystery in suddenly noticing these previous invisible aspects of Place. [Read more...]

Living on the ‘Roseline’ and other spiritual fantasies

Roseline

Do ‘spiritual fantasies’ like the Roseline help us engage with place, or keep us separated from it? [Read more...]

The Fox in the Park

City Fox in Glasgow

As we passed an open park, I watched a fox walk across the grass without hurry or concern, looking like a small, red, bushy tailed version of the all the other commuters heading to their homes, the shops, or their favorite pub. [Read more...]

Knowing our places, inside and out

mop

T. Thorn Coyle’s book “Make Magic of Your Life” focuses on desire and making desires into reality, taking the reader on a journey with the four powers of the Sphinx: to know, to will, to dare and to keep silent, and a fifth power, the power to manifest. All of us are driven by desire: our desire to be, to know, to have and to do, one way or another, is behind all of our seeking, our journeys, and our choices. My pilgrimage of connection with place in my life is driven, fundamentally, by the desire to belong to something greater than myself, and to something greater than human. [Read more...]

The importance of beauty

The view from my bathroom window this morning.

Beauty is a vitally important part of my relationship with place, and I think of beauty as a particularly Pagan value. [Read more...]

A time of change, a place of resilience

Community members celebrating the Big Lottery Grant.

This valley, like most places, has undergone massive shifts and changes in population, in livelihood and in spirituality over the past 50 years. As my partner and I rebuild our home and re-embed ourselves into life here, it feels as though not only we, but the whole valley is at the beginning of a new chapter. [Read more...]

A space of no place

The entrance to the Spiegeltent

Last week I had the honour to conduct a handfasting in a Spiegeltent: it was bigger on the inside than it looked on the outside, and it felt as though it could transport us to any point in time or space. I would not have been surprised to open the doors to find myself in another country, or on the Moon, or in another solar system entirely. [Read more...]


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