Sitting On This Speck Of Dust In The Cosmos

Starry night sky with two astronomical observatories in the foreground.

I didn’t post on A Sense of Place yesterday. I wanted to, I really did, but there was nothing at all I could say that wasn’t just a rehash of my personal struggle with belonging. This isn’t the blogging that I used to do. I used to write about connection and learning from the voices [Read More...]

London Calling: connecting with big cities

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Cities can get a bad rap in modern paganism, especially in modern witchcraft. We idealize the countryside, dreaming of our little witches’ cottage, and demonize the dirty ole towns. But cities are our unique creations, reflecting human creativity and culture like no other. This week Traci shares her tips for connecting with a true megacity — London, England. [Read more...]

A Forest Walk

The remains of an old building in Dalkeith Country Park

Humans may manage the land with the utmost care, but the plants and wild animals are never completely under human control. [Read more...]

Wrinkles in Space

The view looking Northward from near the flagpole at the top of the hill in Queen's Park in Glasgow.

Have you ever been to a place over and over again and then suddenly one day, you notice something that you never noticed before? This is one of a group of phenomena that my close friends and family chalk up to “dimension shift”. We say it half-jokingly, half-seriously, because there is a sense of mystery in suddenly noticing these previous invisible aspects of Place. [Read more...]

I’m a Pagan because of connection, and continuity and change

Atlanta airport. Image by Chris Yunker, used under Creative Commons License.

Sitting in a metal tube for nine hours is one of the most specifically human, unnatural experiences I have, and also one of those experiences which, while I voluntarily repeat it, I find very, very difficult to cope with. [Read more...]

Aliens on our own planet? What science fiction and space exploration can teach us about our sense of place.

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We may often feel alien to ourselves and to the life around us – alienated – but the truth is that we are not. Not only this planet, but the land we stand on this very moment is our home, and we need to start behaving like it. [Read more...]

Transitions

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I find that when I first arrive in a place, it takes me days or even weeks to get back into a solid pattern of spiritual practice. Part of that comes from the practical problems of getting my bearings and settling into new patterns. The other part comes from “soul lag.” [Read more...]


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