In love with the Gods of the city

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This month's guest post is from Joshua Graham, and explores a personal perspective on urban Paganism. ---------------------------------------------------------- I hate trees. Ok, so I don’t actually hate them, but most of the time, when I am speaking to other Pagans and Witches (terms which I use interchangeably to describe myself), I find I must make this strong a statement just to get my point across.As a child growing up in Northwest part of the state of Georgia, USA, I was constantly s … [Read more...]

Two peoples, one mountain, our tales (Part 2)

Last week I told a creation myth based on this Northern California mountain that comes to us from the Chochenyo Ohlone who lived here before the Spanish arrived. This is another story about the same mountain that was told to me when I was a child. Aside from the fact that both my mother and father knew the story, the exact source of it is unknown to me. I have not been able to find another example of this particular tale. My parents told this as non-Catholics with a twist of irony. In my … [Read more...]

How to be a tourist

Juneau by flight

This week's last and final episode of Top Chef set in Juneau had two sections: one set on top of the ice field (the place in the mountains from which all the various glaciers flow) and one set at the Governor's Mansion. It was a lovely episode. One of the things I really enjoy about this show is the beautiful incidental photography - every city they film looks its best and Juneau was no different. Many of the images the show captured were shots of cruise ships docked down the Gastineau channel, … [Read more...]

Two peoples, one mountain, our tales (Part 1)

PGPT_ASenseofPlace_bio

I'm sure that you've heard of The Great Flood. It destroyed the Old World, and the World we live in now is what came after that Flood. You know a version of the story, but it's not like our story. Yours probably has a mountain in it, too. But it's a different mountain. And your story probably has a boat in it and some Man that saves all the animals from certain doom. At least, that's the story that I've heard from people who aren't from around here. That's not what happened in our story. Our … [Read more...]

Relocalized

Maker Faire San Francisco 2012

Oakland. The city of my birth. The city where my daughter was born. The city where my mother was born. Her mother was born one city over in Berkeley. If any place is really my "home" on this planet, this must be it. And yet, I've struggled with this place. I leave it quickly and come back only under duress. My friends point out that I seem to be happy here, and they wonder why I'm so anxious to go. It's not hard to explain. There's too much history. And the Bay Area isn't the place I grew up any … [Read more...]

The problem of Imbolc

PGPT_ASenseofPlace_bio

Today is the Celtic Sabbat/festival/holy day/celebration of Imbolc. Traci wrote a great post about it yesterday; I recommend it for those that want to know more about the word and its origins, as well as the Irish experience of it.I've never felt all that connected to this spoke on the great wheel of seasonal observances. While I feel connected to all things Celtic, I don't know much of the history, and there's so much to know! I wasn't raised in an Irish or Celtic diaspora family (my … [Read more...]

Land as Lover

nikidawson

David Abram, in his amazing book The Spell of the Sensuous, talks about geography as a container. More than just mountains that enclose or fields that spread out, land shapes our views of the world, our experiences with future places, how we perceive time and seasons, how communities function, and how we relate the non-human world. I see this so clearly from my own upbringing in Juneau, Alaska. It has so profoundly shaped me that, even though I’ve not lived there for a decade, I still consider my … [Read more...]


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