Paganism’s Messiah Complex

Red Moths

A troubling component of the western centric world view can be found within western paganism. As second and first generation pagans continue to question and redefine cultural understanding, one narrative that is particularly antithetical to pagan values ought to be considered: anthropocentrism. [Read more...]

Capitalism and the Spirit of Place

My home for 13 years

When we decide to move from one place to another, to leave a city for a new one, or a suburb, or the countryside, we individually weigh multiple factors. Amongst those are economic and aesthetic concerns. We each experience this as a set of decisions based on free-will, but there is an external engine that affects these internal decisions. [Read more...]

Traveling Toward Birth (Part 2)

passport

This dream bothered me so much. Why was I taking the little boy to Thailand when his mother is in America? What was this passport that I’d forgotten? What did these symbols mean? (I must be the worst shaman of all time!) [Read more...]

Of Love and Land Spirits

Courtesy Eric Wallen

Worlding the spirits of land into our lives is not just for seers or mystics. It’s also the art of the bard, and it’s an act of love. [Read more...]

‘Big’ people are people, too.

argesar

Living in Eskdalemuir and not being part of the Samyé Ling community is an interesting experience. It has its advantages. But it’s also strange, in unexpected ways. [Read more...]

Traveling Toward Birth

By William Murphy from Dublin, Ireland [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

My dreams have been full of buses and trains. My friend’s baby hasn’t made his way into our world just yet, but I know that he’s found the right vehicle. We’ll meet him in person soon. [Read more...]

The Logic of Disenchantment

Cyril Mann--"Dark Satanic Mills"

In the 1700′s, something was spawned from the countryside of England, and it’s disenchanting the world. [Read more...]


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