The Sacred Springs of South West England

This week Traci writes about her visit to the Blood Spring and the Waters of Sulis. Read more

An Extraenvironmentalist

“This is what we want. We don’t want to be Americans or Germans or English. We want to be extra environmentalists. Always feel that where ever you go, you are a stranger, the outsider, the one looking in. This is the viewpoint that makes all places the same to you.” – Terrance McKenna It is not fun to be questioned at airports because my travel patterns look strange. It is not fun to be questioned by strangers about why I “can’t” settle down. It is even less fun to be questioned by family members of someone close to me because they are “concerned” that I’m somehow a bad influence on that person. McKenna’s idea that there is value in always being the stranger does not sit quite right with me, even as I live that reality. Read more

Point to Ponder: is it all just anthropomorphizing?

This week, Traci considers how stories connect us to the lived world, and relishes the rare string of sunny days at her home in Cork, Ireland. Read more

In Glasgow We Talk A Lot About Weather

Last week I wrote about the lack of Spring-like weather here in Glasgow this Spring. Today is a most amazing and gorgeous day. I went outside at about 11am to take out some recycling and to pop into the local shop for a couple of things. I was utterly caught off guard by the fantastic weather. It’s not just sunny and bright. It’s comfortably warm with a light breeze. It is exactly the kind of weather I’d expect in late March in Oakland, California. Read more

Crossing the boundaries of urban and rural

A visit to Bath leaves Elinor considering her response to urban environments, and how the skills of a rural Pagan Witch can be applied to city living. Read more

Folkłore, Culture, and Authenticity: a lecture by Prof. Sabina Magliocco {video}

With the recent discussions of ‘fictionalized paganism’ on her mind, Traci shares one of Dr. Magliocco’s lectures on folklore and culture, as she revisits her own ideas of what constitutes sacred story. Read more

What Are These “Seasons” You Speak Of?

If you search the ‘Net for the “unseasonable weather,” you’ll find many examples of both unseasonably hot and unseasonably cold weather around the world, as well as more recent record-breaking temperatures in both directions. Read more

Place and vulnerability

A series of medical misfortunes prompts Elinor to reflect on the varying vulnerabilities of rural and urban living. Read more

An Animist’s Take on Fiction: to view or not to view

This week Traci considers the image bank of fiction, how that repository impacts ‘spirit’ communication, and what this means to an Animist! Read more

Wrinkles in Space

Have you ever been to a place over and over again and then suddenly one day, you notice something that you never noticed before? This is one of a group of phenomena that my close friends and family chalk up to “dimension shift”. We say it half-jokingly, half-seriously, because there is a sense of mystery in suddenly noticing these previous invisible aspects of Place. Read more