Remembering the never born: claiming a sibling as an Ancestor

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I claim my never-born sibling as an Ancestor, because hir death fundamentally shaped my life. And so, this Samhain, I will be inviting my spirit child sibling to come and share the evening with me, as a member of my family of Mighty Dead, Beloved Dead and Ancestors. [Read more...]

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Feeling Out of Place

Rainbow Over Glasgow

Last week I started to write a post, and then I abandoned it. It didn’t feel right. I couldn’t say what I wanted to say about my ambivalent relationship with technology, especially where it intersects with issues of Spirit. I dropped the post, half written and never completed it, thinking that I was only stuck [Read More...]

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The Value of Communities of Place

Knit-bombed Seattle. Image by sterling 2011

Sometimes the most important communities are the unintentional ones, the ones that happen just because you live in a place and you run into the same people every day whether you like it or not. [Read more...]

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Starting From Ignorance

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Last week I spoke of my children, this week I have a conversation with my Dad. I explore how growing up with the Jewish practice of questioning everything is what brought me to a distinctly Pagan path. It is the questions and the puzzling out of answers that has brought me onto this earth-based trail of Druidry and place-based eclectic religious expression. [Read more...]

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Passing Faith To The Next Generation

New dad Noé, aunt Maura, uncle David and baby Robert in 2009.

Perhaps you may think that the only Faith I gave my children was agnosticism, but it is in my questioning that my conversation on faith begins. That lack of knowing is where experience takes hold. This is the Faith that I have given to my children, and I am very proud to say that each of them have embraced it with dignity. [Read more...]

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Mending the tears in a displaced life

The Cumbrian countryside rushing past

As Pagans following more-or-less reconstructed and/or inspired traditions at the beginning of the 21st century, I believe we are a spiritually displaced people. We do well to remember and accept our displacement in space, time and relationship, and to do what we can to reconnect ourselves. [Read more...]

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