Disenchantment, Enclosure, And ‘The Burning Times’

hans glaser

“Slave owners knew that to master a human being, no matter what his race or color, all you need to do is strip him of his identity, his land, the strength of his culture and the memory of his ancestors.”From the Film, The Language You Cry InI have thus far spoken of Disenchantment in general terms, providing modern examples of how it relates to specific places and how Capitalism is sustained by materialistic conceptions of the everyday.  I’ve tried to show how Capitalism and disenc … [Read more...]

What I Learned in the Crosswalk

Seattle, Washington (Photo by Brandi Haker, Seattletaco.com)

Streets in America are strange, but one doesn't quite know this until going elsewhere. In other lands, heavily-populated cities existed many centuries before the advent of cars and often before the widespread use of carriages, and thus the streets within those cities are often narrower, the buildings closer together, and the life of the street radically different from what we have come to expect in North America.One develops a strange and rather enlightening sense of what a city can be when … [Read more...]

A Choice of Worldings

"King Ludd"

I've mentioned multiple times in my posts here that the matter of undoing the disenchantment of the world comes down to a question of worlding.  That is, how we choose to world the earth and our experiences determines whether or not we world into disenchantment or we world with the gods and spirits.This is a matter of choice.  Do we choose to believe that the gods and spirits act in the world, or do we choose to believe that we humans are the sole agents of experience?  I've two examples th … [Read more...]

Paganism’s Messiah Complex

Red Moths

Or, the Anthropocentrism of Western PaganismOccasionally, within pagan circles, I happen across a troubling component of the western centric world view, and one that I find particularly antithetical to pagan values: anthropocentrism.  The belief that human-persons are the most significant species on the planet, plays out within paganism in subtle and tricky ways.  Most of us would balk at the outright notion that our species is superior, yet I often hear how humans have a divine role as m … [Read more...]

The Logic of Disenchantment

Cyril Mann--"Dark Satanic Mills"

Think, if you will, upon the earth below your feet. Consider the worlds of life in the soil, the dance and struggles of unseen lives breaking down and building up the very stuff upon which our lives are built. Think on that soil, sustaining the pillars of our homes, bequeathing nourishment to the fecundity of trees and plants whose roots reach deeply into its dark loam--delving ever farther down while reaching up towards the light of sun, star and moon. Think of the rain dripping from leaf and … [Read more...]

The Song of the Other

steBarbe12

Alder staff in hand, boot-shod feet sore from several days of hard-trudging, I walked slowly through fading day of the fleeting summer to the tiny village of Sainte-Barbe. To my left the sea and descending sun, to my right the fields of gorse and grass concealing ancient standing stones, and always ahead the image of my destination--its wind-worn spire rising steadily in the distance.In the village, I shook off my boots and hooded tunic, laid my staff against an old stone wall and entered … [Read more...]

Marketing Disenchantment

Maybuchufer Markt

Hey! Next time you’re in a supermarket, staring at the great bounty of sustenance produced by the ascension of humanity’s technological and economic progress, try looking up:It's kinda easy to forget sometimes, until you see the exposed ducts, fluorescent lights, and (if you're lucky) cobwebs and mold--you’re not only in a grocery store, you’re also in a warehouse.  Let your eyes follow the wall down from the ceiling and you may see signs over sections, bakery, butcher, produce, often ang … [Read more...]


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