Urban Witchcraft : Spirit Roads

Is the urban environment a magical landscape? Traci thinks so. This week she shares her experience of urban spirit roads, as part of a series exploring urban witchcraft. Read more

Sharing Your Home

For some Pagans, the first thing to do before moving into a new home or shortly after is to cleanse the house and try to rid it of unwelcome ghosts, spirits, fae, or any of the spiritual residue of previous inhabitants. I’d like to offer a different view on the subject, and suggest that it is worth opening yourself up to the possibility of sharing your home with the spirits who were there before you. Read more

The Texas Cool Season: when life rejoices!

As most of pagandom welcomes the dark, cold time of winter, Traci relishes the blessed Ancestral breath that brings cool respite to Texas. Read more

Cursed Places

What is it about some cities that seem to have squeezed out most of their joy and now find themselves stumbling along in economic depression and physical disrepair? The city of Spokane was always at a disadvantage in my eyes, because it’s not Seattle. I wonder if the greatest curse on a town like this is simply that the tale of the curse keeps being told? Read more

Cycles of Cultural Destruction

When we talk about cycles of domestic violence, there are many things that we have learned to help families end the violence. Have we developed a theory of healing for nations? How can we hope to end the violence against cultures if we don’t? Read more

Beauty In Other People’s Faith

“God’s Work, Our Hands” the quilting volunteers’ t-shirts read. And it is God’s work: they are serving the greater good, and I am grateful that they exist. Read more

Oiche na Sprideanna Approaches

As the Irish festival of Samhain approaches, Traci shares some little known lore about this time in the Irish year. Read more

The Place Where I’m Not Weird

Beyond the walls of a building, home is also the place where you know how things work. Home is about the things we surround ourselves with — the consumer goods, yes, but also the plants and animals, the scent of the foods we make, our choice of incense or synthetic room fresheners. Read more

Getting clear about my place: the uses of withdrawal

The body, sex and pleasure are all sacred, and it is vital not to exclude any aspect of our humanity from our spiritual development. However, I do think there is a place for withdrawal, even in immanence-based spiritual paths. My sense of my own space and place in the world is stronger, more rooted, and much, much calmer for my time of withdrawal. It’s not a part of everyone’s path, but it has its place, and we should be careful not to dismiss it too glibly. Read more

Naturalizing: Bringing Our Practice Home

Much of North American paganism is influenced by imagined European ancestral practice, even when the landscape, weather patterns, and wildlife are significantly different. This week, Traci challenges us to naturalize, and put our practice where our bodies are! Read more


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