scribbles on animism and continental polytheist reconstruction

  • Spiralrunning at the Witches Sabbat

    Spiralrunning at the Witches Sabbat

    The last leg of the drive to Raven’s Knoll occurred in some of the thickest fog I’ve ever seen outside of the coast of Nova Scotia, and we could barely see three feet ahead of the windshield. I told my partner I’d blow the fog away, and he responded that he doubted my otherworldly abilities […]

  • Metamorphosis

    Metamorphosis

    I’ve written about my first two Witches’ Sabbats before—the first, which took place in May 2015, and the second, which took place in May 2016. As I was going through my notes and thoughts from the third Sabbat this past May, I realised I was drafting in my mind’s eye a text of a slightly larger scope than the previous two years’ retrospectives, as I revisited the past and reconsidered all the events that have led me to The Witches’ Sabbat of Raven’s Knoll.

  • Five Witch Comrades on The Mountainside

    “How are everyone’s shoes?” I wonder, looking at my four witch comrades. We all take a moment to stare at our shoes. Most of us are wearing shoes with proper rubber soles or otherwise sturdy footwear and so I suggest: “Let’s follow that path.” It’s a small path that snakes uphill into the forest, still […]

  • The Oil God

    Our society is powered by a dark death that pools beneath us and all around us—this is mostly a poetic way of saying that Oil is everywhere. During my childhood, the conversation regarding fossil fuels all around me, at school, at church, with my family, was all about how we were running out of this finite, limited resource. […]

  • Shady pine trees and rivers of light: The Witches Sabbat at Raven’s Knoll 2016

    Shady pine trees and rivers of light: The Witches Sabbat at Raven’s Knoll 2016

    The fire, the conifers, the constant chorus of cicadas, frogs, and toads. The pine needles that coat the forest floor, a soft tapestry soaked in cedrus deodara that protects and nourishes. I learned long ago that many conifers do indeed drop their needles (and sap), like many deciduous trees, and that this act is both […]

  • Magical arts and sacred geographies

    Magical arts and sacred geographies

    A few weeks ago I read an article by Maranda Elizabeth called: How Magic Helps Me Live With Pain And Trauma (read here). The article directly inspired the reflections below, as I want to highlight the importance of magical and artistic geographies when it comes to both magic and creativity.

  • Reflections on Bioregional Animism, Consent and Power Dynamics (Raven’s Knoll 2015)

    Reflections on Bioregional Animism, Consent and Power Dynamics (Raven’s Knoll 2015)

    I’ve been thinking about power quite a lot lately — its relationship to witchcraft, its relationship to communities, its relationship with humans and their environment. Our stories are filled with tales about negotiating power, reclaiming power, and ways to use power.

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