Signs of Beltane Approaching

blackthorn

Beltane is not, here, a time of courting your lover in the woods all night and bringing back boughs of May blossom. The hawthorn – the May – will not show its flowers here until June. (And besides, it’s usually too cold for naked, outdoor, nighttime romping.) No, the blossoming thorn here, at this season, is the blackthorn. [Read more...]

Dionysos in a Paving Stone, Brighid in the Broken Glass

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When we go to festivals and spiritual retreats in nature, what are we retreating from? And from whom? [Read more...]

Wishful Ducklings

Mallard mama and ducklings

There is something here, a notion of human beings living in community with nature; not perfectly achieved, but present. An ambition, or a dream, manifest in typically messy human fashion, with tax issues, ludicrous town controversies, and renegade geese. [Read more...]

Different And The Same

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Over the past week I have been in Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Glasgow, Scotland; London, England; and now I am in Manchester, England. The rain has followed me everywhere. I can see by the news that each place has gotten sunny after I leave it, so the rain must be following me around like a lost [Read More...]

A Light That Never Goes Out…

St. Mary's

I became a Pagan 18 years ago on Easter Sunday, and I’ve a kind priest and a small Episcopal chapel to thank for it. [Read more...]

Clutha

Clyde, Clydeh, Clydhe, Cludha. The waters rise up, envelop you, take you down. Cold at first, oh so cold, but your core temperature drops, As he makes you his own. Warm now, in his embrace, you see for the first time, the history of this place. The visions play before your eyes, Scenes of battles, [Read More...]

Disenchantment, Enclosure, And ‘The Burning Times’

hans glaser

Capitalism is responsible for our ancestral trauma, our alienation from the land, and the greatest targeted killing of women ever known in Europe. [Read more...]


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