Developing a Daily Devotional Practice of Place

For many of us, there is no choice but to re-dream the magickal practices that we will follow and that we will teach to others. We can do so in an airy way with no grounding, and our practice will be as thin as the work we put behind it, or we can use the power of aspects of our own culture — of Western science and nature studies along side myth and legend from our ancestors — to provide us with some of the tools we use for that re-dreaming. By tying your religious practice to a daily devotional activity of meeting your non-human neighbors through guides, your sit spot and nature walks, you can find that “advanced” knowledge you have been hungering for. [Read more…]

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Small Revolutions in Urban Reclamation

It’s a system that has died, been reborn, is on life support and is completely managed by man, so what am I finding? [Read more…]

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The Magician, The World

There are gates to the Other everywhere, including the ones we create ourselves. [Read more…]

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Urban Witchcraft: The Power of Place in the City

The fantasy of the witch’s cottage is romantic, but is largely a fiction: most of us live in cities. You don’t need a hedgerow, or a forest, to practice your craft, or to develop a deep and abiding relationship with the land. Here are some rock-solid tips to help you cultivate a sense of Place in your urban environment. [Read more…]

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By the light of the harvest moon: autumn equinox thoughts

I always find the shift into the dark half of the year difficult. One of the great consolations of this time for me is the light of nighttime – the blue shimmering radiance of the full moon in the night sky. [Read more…]

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Genital Mutilation: a question for the modern-day animist

The abortion debate rages in the US and Ireland, and we ask, “Who has the right to self-determination?” The answer is radicalizing for an animist, leading down a rabbit hole of epic proportion. Is the disruption to our exceptionalism worth it? What ARE the (reproductive) rights of nature, anyway? [Read more…]

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The puzzle of the Mother of Modern Witchcraft — a village witch who lived in a tower block

Doreen Valiente was the Mother of Modern Witchcraft, a religion which deifies Nature – yet she lived in a tower block, and loved it there. Elinor Predota ponders this apparent paradox. [Read more…]

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