Sacred Space

Stained Glass At Glasgow Cathedral

On this Christmas Day, I'd like to tell you about a place that is sacred to Christians that had a profound impact on me. This is not the only Christian sacred space that has touched me or taught me a lesson. (I'm sure I'll tell you of another come Easter.) But this place is special to me right now because it is right here in Glasgow. But I can't just tell you about the place. I have to tell you the story...Once upon a time, in July of this past year, to be precise, I came to Scotland for the … [Read more...]

5 ways to know you’re in Britain at Yule

Photo by Luke Hayfield Photography, used under Creative Commons license.

This week, I'm focusing on a national and very human sense of place -- Britain at Yule.Whether we celebrate Christmas, Saturnalia, Winter Solstice, Isaac Newton's Birthday or Consumermas, there are some non-negotiable cultural constants here.1. Christmas stock has already been out in the shops for at least two monthsOne of the most distressing things about not making a big deal of Hallowe'en, and not having Thanksgiving, is that shops - especially big corporations - feel free to … [Read more...]

The beginning is nigh

My fairy tree, Lampeter, Wales, during the summer

I have the privilege of posting on the last day of the world! Or was it supposed to be over already? I can't keep apocalypses straight. I doubt anyone will be surprised that I don't believe in the End of the World. There are no ends, only beginnings. Every time I've felt as if my world was collapsing (and there have been a few of those times), I've only gained strength and something new and amazing sprouted in the space created by the destruction of the old.This solstice is a particularly … [Read more...]

Traci’s Top 10: Tips For Cultivating Place In The City

Mrs. Eberly and her cannon : Austin, Texas

My return to the U.S. last week felt disconcerting, but it's rarely a smooth transition.  The transatlantic flight leaves the body tired and the souls displaced.  Confronting American culture feels loud and intrusive.  Arriving on the day of the Connecticut shootings meant that news of the heart-wrenching tragedy blared from screens throughout the airport. I sent prayers for the suffering; however, I did not wish to listen to the sensationalized reporting. I searched for a space to rest and br … [Read more...]

Foraging connection

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One of the major influences on my early Pagan development was a quiz called "Where You At?" developed by Leonard Charles, Jim Dodge, Lynn Milliman, and Victory Stockley, published in Coevolution Quarterly #32 in 1981 and later re-published with some changes as part of an essay called "Nature Religion for Real" by Chas Clifton. I will be coming back to this quiz many times as explore place in this blog, because I return to it again and again in my personal path. Question #7 in the original quiz … [Read more...]

Feeding the Sidhe

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Back in 1998, before I moved to Scotland, I was a baby Witch living in Bath. I was reading all the gentle introductory books on Witchcraft I could find, and starting to put their exercises into practice. One of those books, I can't remember which, suggested beginning a relationship with the Sidhe – the beings most people refer to as 'faeries'.It recommended showing respect to elder trees – the dwellings of the Queen of Faery – and leaving silver coins in any hidden green space I could find. S … [Read more...]

What is Place anyway?

Photo by emmett.hume, flickr, creative commons.

Place may seem like a strange choice for a religion blog. There’s no religion called Place. What does that even mean?Place was the first ‘religion’ that I knew. Place, Land, Home – it can be called any of these things. I was raised secular, but Alaska left an imprint on me. How to explain the sense of place and land to some one who didn’t grow up with that, or who found it later in life?The secular household I grew up in didn’t talk about things (still doesn’t). Almost everything was assu … [Read more...]


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