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

I hope it is not overstepping bounds, or violating copyright, to share this excellent resource. With the recent discussions of  'fictionalized paganism' on my mind, I am revisiting my own ideas of what constitutes sacred story; and foundations, or definitions, are a good place to start. I stumbled upon this video last year, and found it useful. I hope there is something in it for you, too. … [Read more...]

What Are These “Seasons” You Speak Of?

grassy hills, thick cloud cover, but just a tiny bit of blue sky poking through

Glasgow, Scotland. 28 May 2013. Raining. Again. 55°F/13°C.It was sunny on Friday. And Saturday and Sunday. Sunny and beautiful and downright Spring-like. Only here in the UK, they call this "Summer". Summer starts at the beginning of May, with a nice long weekend heralding the start of trips to the seaside, walks in the countryside, and summer art festivals like the one we just had here for the past two weeks in Glasgow's Southside.Monday came with heavy rains. I'm not talking about t … [Read more...]

Place and vulnerability

Bella - Clayfields Chynna Moon - near the end of her life

The conversation here and elsewhere at Patheos Pagan on how fiction, stories and popular entertainment relate to our sense of place and spirituality has been rich and provoking, and I'm reluctant to move to more parochial concerns, but I have to tell you, the facts of last weekend are quite sufficient for me.To start with, a week of feeling out of sorts culminated in excruciating abdominal pain, which the locum GP diagnosed as 'grumbling appendix'. A couple of days later, when that was … [Read more...]

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

Straw Boys

Sermons from the Mound published a summary article last week titled, "Notes toward a Pagan Theology of Fiction" and referenced some of my own tangential thinking on ‘spirit’ communication, and how the mental images derived from fiction impact this.  Re-reading my cogitation offered an opportunity to consider whether my thinking had changed.  I found it had not.  In fact,  if anything, it had deepened.  My move three years ago to Ireland, a land I mythicized for years, dramatically shifted my spir … [Read more...]

Wrinkles in Space

The view looking Northward from near the flagpole at the top of the hill in Queen's Park in Glasgow.

Have you ever been to a place over and over again and then suddenly one day, you notice something that you never noticed before? Maybe it's a building that must have always been there, but it somehow never quite registered in your mind. Or maybe you look at a wall and think, "Was it that color yesterday?" and you are sure, absolutely positive, that it was some other color before. Sometimes you can ask your family or friends, and they will tell you that this thing that you just noticed is exactly … [Read more...]

Heading Out for a Festival

Today I am going on a vacation. I'm going to the Gathering For Life On Earth festival, located an hour east of Vancourver, British Columbia, Canada. I am well acquainted with the glories of western Canada, but it's been nearly a decade since I've been to Canada. This festival is on the smaller side, and not so packed with activities that there won't be time to meet new people and new lands.In addition to socializing, I'm excited about the various rituals presents, including two hosted by the … [Read more...]

Pagan Ireland: the Banshee {video}

A short clip from Glenafooka: a documentary about Irish folklore and mythology. Enjoy! … [Read more...]


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