Getting clear about my place: the uses of withdrawal

The view to the east from our house.

Recently I read a blog post by Michael Taft at HuffPost, called Take Your Body With You. In it, he talks about the importance of his physicality and sexuality to his spiritual path, and how he believes his commitment to celibacy and giving up all the bodily pleasures he enjoyed so much as a younger man in an effort to reach his spiritual goals was deeply wrong-headed. As a Pagan, I agree wholeheartedly about the sacredness of the body, of sex and of pleasure, and of the vital importance of … [Read more...]

Being in nature

Common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum). Image by JerryL2008 used under Creative Commons License.

My Paganism is very much a 'nature' religion. I find my connection with myself, other beings, and Life through what most of us think of as 'natural' environments. Regardless of my desire to become an urban as well as a rural Witch, I can't see that changing any time soon. But why? I gained some insight into that question this morning. We've been in our 'temporary' accommodation for well over a year now, but I've only just discovered a good spot for my devotions: through a gate, up a path, … [Read more...]


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