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?

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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...]

Be vewy vewy quiet, I’m hunting connection

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the sensual The back garden is a carpet of bejeweled grass; each blade aquiver with droplets of dew.  The windows shine with condensation.   I open the door from the sun-room, and dozens of small birds scatter from the feeders.  I speak my normal greeting, "Good morning! Sorry to disturb.  I will only be a moment."  The sky is a watercolor wash of gray and white. The air, chill and fresh. I pause as I head up the stone stairs to the barn.  I close my eyes and listen.far distant tract … [Read more...]

Connecting through language

For many people, the idea of learning a new language is reason for distress. To me, it’s an opportunity to talk to new people and spirits. While some magickal workers would argue that spirits are not limited by language barriers, my personal experience suggests that language is a powerful key in the search for connection. It may be entirely true that you can speak to any spirit in your own language, but it seems that the spirits, just like humans, like it when you make the extra effort.It’s n … [Read more...]

Letting my inner country girl out

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I was born in South London (pronounced “Saaarf Laarndun”), in the area of Lewisham -- you can't get much more urban than that -- and I was raised in England's second largest city, Birmingham. And yet, since adolescence, I've felt ill at ease with city life.Disaffected livingMy (limited) studies of French philosophy helped me to see I wasn't alone in this experience. Durkheim had a word for my situation: l'anomie – the feeling that I lacked community. Sartre had a word for it, too: la … [Read more...]

Living by the Light

With kind permission from Everyday Life Magic.

The calendar said December. My brain understood it was coming; I'd just wrapped up Thanksgiving holidays here in the US. Logically, December follows. But my body didn't believe it - and still hasn't fully embraced December. My rational, planning, organized brain lives by my paper organizer, but my body follows the weather and, more importantly, the intensity of the light.We are midway through December. I've sent out invitations to a small Solstice gathering for two weeks from now. How can … [Read more...]


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