Calling the Fay and Scaring the Monsters

My son, about age 10, dressed as a Pict-sie. No teenaged dignity was harmed in the posting of this photograph.

                   Today I want to respond to Pagan Families' July topic, "Magical Parenting."  I have a story to tell you...and a useful trick for nightmares.My son, now an adult, was the kind of kid who didn't seem to need much magical education for the most part. Actually he was fey and wily and had strong opinions about … [Read more...]

The Queen of Fair Elfland

American Elder

             True Thomas he took off his hat, And bowed him low down to his knee: “All hail, thou mighty Queen of Heaven! For your peer on earth I never did see.”“O no, O no, True Thomas,” she says, “That name does not belong to me; I am but the queen of fair Elfland, And I’m come here for to visit thee. A couple of weeks ago, I made some elder flower tincture. I have done this off … [Read more...]

The Witchcraft of Place

pokeweed

Every so often, I teach a workshop I call "Ditch Witch:  Magical Uses of Common Roadside Plants."  When I first started working on the idea, I sat down and wrote all of the names and uses of plants I could think of, restricting myself to ones you would normally see just walking around.  When I got to twenty-five, I decided I had enough to go on with and started culling it down to the few most useful and common ones, to prevent overload.It helps that I have the vast well of knowledge that is S … [Read more...]

Disenchantment, Enclosure, And ‘The Burning Times’

hans glaser

“Slave owners knew that to master a human being, no matter what his race or color, all you need to do is strip him of his identity, his land, the strength of his culture and the memory of his ancestors.”From the Film, The Language You Cry InI have thus far spoken of Disenchantment in general terms, providing modern examples of how it relates to specific places and how Capitalism is sustained by materialistic conceptions of the everyday.  I’ve tried to show how Capitalism and disenc … [Read more...]

What We Built From Ruins (Part Two)

Berlin Raben

(Part One is here) I. "I remember how we tried everything."The old man's face was turned towards the students, but he wasn't looking at them.  His eyes tried to see something else, something in the space between what was before him and what had been.  His silence seemed to unnerve a few of them.He began again.  "We tried everything to keep what we'd thought was important.  We tried turning our food into fuel for our cars, but then there wasn't enough food to eat.  Going fast or forcing … [Read more...]

Do The Gods Care About Money?

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This week Niki, at A Witch's Ashram, wrote about money and privilege.  It’s a great article, and one I hope she expounds on, but the first thing I wondered when reading it, and the thought I couldn't get away from,  was whether gods even care about money.  I have had this conversation before with pagan friends, wondering whether the notion that a god (any god) who is interested in the minute details of so many people’s lives is just unexamined Christian magical thinking (in the anthropological se … [Read more...]

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.  The group of explorers met to carefully plan the expedition.  We knew the journey might stretch every resource and tool we possessed, yet we were  drawn to try--to dare.  For 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 Tex … [Read more...]


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