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...]

Writing fiction as a spiritual practice

A path

For the last two weeks I've been writing about how reading fiction affects my sense of a place. From that side of things, I see this as an extension of folklore and the way that we use mythology and legends as guides that hold hidden messages for us on our path. The messages may be about a place, behavior, or the ways in which we might interact with the deities and other spirits. But there's another side to this experience. Creating stories is a way to process those things that you "know" … [Read more...]

Distracting you with flowers

Purple rhodedendrons.

I don't have anything of meaning to write about this week. I've been completely distracted by children's birthday parties, meeting new people, my parents visiting, the dark moon, and the explosion of sunshine and flowers here in Olympia.Let me share some of my distraction with you. Here, have some flowers:All of these are taken at the house I rent. Rhododendrons are the Washington state flower. I adore them. In fact, I am pretty sure that if the fey get dressed up … [Read more...]

Dandelion Syrup: a recipe for sunshine in a glass

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And over that potato-field A lazy veil of woven sun, Dandelions growing on headlands, showing Their unloved hearts to everyone. -from Spraying the Potatoes by Patrick Kavanagh; 1940Our gardens are full of Bearnán Bríde - the sunny dandelion.  I like to leave them growing because the bees and birds love them, so.  I also enjoy making yummy things with their flowers, leaves, and roots.  Today I gathered a few bright heads to make Dandelion Syrup!Here in Ireland, as elsewhere, dand … [Read more...]


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