What I Learned in the Crosswalk

Sometimes we need someone to free us from a spell by breaking out of it first. Small radical acts can become revolutionary, even when all signals say, “no–you’ll die.” Read more

The Place of Death.

I’ve known for a while that one day I would have to learn what death was like — so far every supposedly terminal person I’d done healing for had recovered. But this friend was not going to be the person to teach me about Death. I told her, “No. It can’t be you. That’s just not right. You were supposed to go to the clinic in the morning!” Read more

The Past is a Place We Still Inhabit

Our belief that the present is somehow exceptional, that we are modern and more developed than other peoples and from our “primitive” state sustains both our disenchanted world and the racism of Western culture. Read more

Wide Angle Vision Part 3: Ignoring the Impacts

While reading The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines for Life on Earth recently, I found myself shocked at how I’d completely ignored the ecological impacts of modern medicine on the environment. Read more

On the Hearth and the Un-Hearthed

It saddens–no, enrages me–that so many people do not have homes. From what I’ve learned of goddesses of the hearth, it appears to displease them, too. Hearths are sacred– everyone should have one. Read more

Oiche Fhéile Bhríde: The Eve of St. Brighid’s Feast

Tomorrow night is the eve of St. Brighid’s Feast, perhaps one of the most celebrated holidays in Ireland. No, there won’t be any mad parties or green beer; not even wild heathen drumming on the High Places. Instead, the evening is about family, purification, and continuity of ancient practices. Read more

A Choice of Worldings

Land Spirits who protest factory conditions and a spear-wielding, “strong-armed” mystical king leading the smashing of looms–worlding the gods and spirits into our lives comes down to a simple choice. Read more

A Pagan Goes To FreezerBurn

An animist pagan attends a regional Burn and discovers how the principles of radical self-reliance and self-expression relate to her practice as a Feri Witch. Read more

Wide Angle Vision Part 2: Missing The Variables

Spiritual insights may come from an innate ability to process the relationships between many variables at once on a not-quite-conscious level. We know that humans are able to take in cues that we are not consciously aware of: body language, chemical signals, and other environmental factors. This is another sort of “wide angle vision”. Read more

Display, Filter, Conceal

Losing my camera on pilgrimage helped me remember to see. Read more

POPULAR AT PATHEOS Pagan