Urban Witchcraft : Spirit Roads

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Most U.S. witches live in cities.  This probably holds true for most of the western world, since urbanization is on the rise and predicted to grow.  I recently found myself back in an urban environment.  Granted, Austin prides itself on its small town vibe, and funky eclecticism, but it’s no rural Ireland!  The sounds I hear, and the other-than-human-persons I encounter, are different.  Yet, they are still animate, and very eldritch.Since I plan for this to become a multi-part series, let me … [Read more...]

The Texas Cool Season: when life rejoices!

museum in my neighborhood : replanted with native grasses

While the northern latitudes just opened the Door to the dark time, the dead of winter, we Texans greeted the cool Ancestral breath that offers welcome respite.  Here in central Texas, and I can only speak to this one tiny geographical part because our state’s as big as most countries (including most of the U.S.)—now here’s a Texas Tall Tale—heck, you could fit most countries inside our borders and I would still have room for a hundred head of cattle in the back pasture!  Where was I?  Oh, yes... … [Read more...]

The Work Of Our Hands: beauty, delight, and the sacred

Electric Cock : free range organic fried chicken : South Congress

The weather this week in Austin has been scrumptious!  Glorious sunny, mild days that are perfect for getting out and discovering just what makes this city sacred.  Today, on my last day, my Little Big and I went on Pilgrimage.We made our way to South Congress; home to groovy Austin art and eclecticism, where we ordered fried chicken (a southern delicacy).  We watched Hipsters and Cowboys; Freaks and Rednecks.  All are welcome on this strip of Old Austin weirdness.Any road pointed at … [Read more...]

A Place Within A Place: reconsidering what is sacred

Elisabet Ney Museum : Hyde Park : Austin, Texas

The bees are still. The wild hive in the back garden is quiet. It's cold out. A sliver of moon rides high in the sky: french tip manicure nail of beauty. The air is crisp, with hints of sycamore leaf, tobacco smoke, and steel--the numb metallic smell when too cold air is breathed in through the nostrils.This week, winter weather dances over Austin.As dusk deepens, I walk to one of the neighborhood coffee shops. A faint glow graces the horizon. Porch lights are on. Colored bulbs drip from … [Read more...]

Place-Based Practice: or dancing with the one who brung ya

Barton Creek

My transition to a localized Place-based practice began when I bumped into someone.You see, while my childhood relationship with Place had been specific to the farm and its immediate environs, which were geographically contained and local, my adult experience had been shaped like most of us: from books.When I discovered there was such a thing as "witchcraft" it was a moment of awakening. Learning that others, who practiced the same sorts of charms and healing I had been taught by my … [Read more...]

Happy Festivities! now for light reading

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As the festive season winds down, and we slide toward secular New Year, I leave you with a bit of follow-up reading.  In my last post I offered 10 Tips for cultivating place in the city.  Within that post I mention some ideas that were revolutionary for me.  Crafting a ritual year unique to my locale and beginning to work with a Place specific mythos (which I often had to create) propelled my spirituality forward in unexpected ways.  In the weeks to come I will dive into these topics, sharing my … [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...]


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