People and Place

This way to the Iron Age earth works

Do people make a place the way it is or does a place shape the people who live there? [Read more...]

How a valley in Scotland changed my theology

Our favourite walk, c. 2001.

Something started to change fundamentally in my theology once I moved to Scotland. I often say I learnt more magic in my first year in Eskdalemuir than I have ever learned from books or workshops, before or since. And it was the profound shift which happened in my consciousness which made both the change and the learning possible. [Read more...]

Communication 101 (for witches and others): toward Place speaking

What the Irish do when a glowing orb is seen in the sky.

Summer has finally arrived in Ireland (touch wood), and the fine weather draws people out of doors. With the pull of the ‘glowing orb’ on her mind, Traci considers how and when we tell sacred stories, and how considering such things is important for a Witch–or any animist. [Read more...]

Ad Hoc Angels

A place to sit and pay attention

An ad hoc angel is a stranger who pops into your life for a moment for a purpose and then disappears. Don’t take the term “angel” too literally, if you don’t want to. One could just as easily say, “an ad hoc godform” or “an ad hoc faerie” if the context fit. It’s when the Universe uses ordinary people in ways that touch another person’s life in an extraordinary way. [Read more...]

The puzzle of the Mother of Modern Witchcraft — a village witch who lived in a tower block

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Doreen Valiente was the Mother of Modern Witchcraft, a religion which deifies Nature – yet she lived in a tower block, and loved it there. Elinor Predota ponders this apparent paradox. [Read more...]

Celebrating Dissent

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Today, Americans celebrate their heritage as dissenters and rabble rousers, but just what is this ‘patriotism’ thing all about? [Read more...]

Syncretism: An Immigrant’s Path

Diversity Quilt, Image by Oregon Department of Transportation, click to see on Flickr.

To choose to use the term “syncretism” over “eclecticism” is not a statement that one is better than the other. The syncretic path has a clear cosmology, a blueprint of how the world works, which it overlays with images, ideas, and practices from other traditions. To return to the quilting analogy, eclecticism starts with the patches and builds a picture, but syncretism starts with a picture and figures out how the patches fit into it. [Read more...]


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