Remembering the never born: claiming a sibling as an Ancestor

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As part of preparing for October's blogging about Ancestor remembrance, I had a long chat with my blogging partner for the project, the very lovely Reba Riley, who blogs on the Progressive Christian Channel at Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome. We found that we have a lot in common, from our shared interest in universal, heart aspects of spirituality, to some 'coincidences' in our personal histories and circumstances.My personal Ancestor remembranceWhen I was explaining to Reba how I … [Read more...]

Twisted Roots

By Jim Dollar

I have just a week and a half left here in Greensboro, NC. I haven't seen much of anything. I know the house where I'm staying with my friend and her twin boys and I know the Greensboro College campus. One day I took a walk from the house to the nearest grocery store -- about a mile and a bit -- but I don't have any plans to do that again. The walk taught me a very important thing about myself, but I don't think I really want to work on that failing of mine right now.* I'm frustrated with myself … [Read more...]

Finding place through the eyes of a child

Photo credit Kira Nuit 2013

This month's guest post comes to us from Kira Nuit, who explores the sacredness of the ordinary outdoor spaces around us through a child's vision. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It’s easy to connect with a large, famous sacred Place. The weight of history presses its importance into our thinking mind. The accumulation of energies -- natural or created, intrinsic or fed by human ritual -- is palpable enough that folks of d … [Read more...]

Appropriate Stories

Elinor has written here about the nature of displacement in modern Paganism. Displacement is one of the factors in cultural change and cultural borrowing. It can also lead to ugly cultural appropriation. For someone who is concerned about cultural appropriation, sometimes it can be hard to know where the line is between borrowing and stealing. Other times, you have no choice but to adopt something as your own because it simply speaks so deeply to your soul. What else could you do? "I wanna show … [Read more...]

The land is made of stories

"The Coming of Bride" by John Duncan (1917)

Today in the Christian calendar is Epiphany: the official end of the 12 days of Christmas. In the Roman calendar which was adopted by Christianity, the 12 day festival of Saturnalia, beginning on 25th December, was a period out of ordinary time, a time of divination through dream and weather watching of what to expect in the year to come.For all that the period between the winter solstice and Epiphany is a time of rest, review and renewal, it's always a relief to me to be able to put this … [Read more...]


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