The Place Where I’m Not Weird

Sea Creatures.  Art in Beacon Hill Light Rail Station, Seattle, Washington

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 view to the east from our house.

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

mid_druids

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...]

The Intersection of People and Place

Dizzy the Border Collie

I felt in that hour as if the park where we walked embraced me even more deeply than it had before, sharing its abundance with my friend and I in a way I hadn’t experienced in my solo journeys. There is certainly a time for solitude, but unless you are a hermit far from humanity, you cannot be fully connected to a place until you’ve connected with community. [Read more...]

Scent is a magic carpet

Mischa and his enormous nose, when he was just a few months old.

As Marcel Proust found, our sense of smell is directly linked to memory, and a simple scent can take us to a very different place and time. [Read more...]

Stonehenge for Visitors and Armchair Travelers

Image of Stonehenge

So much of magick is about synchronicities. Here’s a sweet one: James O. Davies book A Year at Stonehenge is set to come out on November 1 and Stonehenge itself is getting a new visitor center on December 18. That gives you a month and a half of staring at beautiful pictures and fantasizing about [Read More...]

Connecting with the sound of place

Hollow the Tawny Owl looking into the sun

Sound is often neglected as a way of relating sensually to place. Elinor explores why that might be, and what we’re missing out on. [Read more...]


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