The Texas Cool Season: when life rejoices!

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As most of pagandom welcomes the dark, cold time of winter, Traci relishes the blessed Ancestral breath that brings cool respite to Texas. [Read more...]

Getting clear about my place: the uses of withdrawal

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The body, sex and pleasure are all sacred, and it is vital not to exclude any aspect of our humanity from our spiritual development. However, I do think there is a place for withdrawal, even in immanence-based spiritual paths. My sense of my own space and place in the world is stronger, more rooted, and much, much calmer for my time of withdrawal. It’s not a part of everyone’s path, but it has its place, and we should be careful not to dismiss it too glibly. [Read more...]

Returning To America : Place As Cultural Experience

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This week Traci shares her thoughts on returning to America, and experiencing the culture and sense of place found in the American city of Boston. [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...]

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

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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...]

Crossing the boundaries of urban and rural

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A visit to Bath leaves Elinor considering her response to urban environments, and how the skills of a rural Pagan Witch can be applied to city living. [Read more...]

Place and vulnerability

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A series of medical misfortunes prompts Elinor to reflect on the varying vulnerabilities of rural and urban living. [Read more...]


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