The second part of a series of blog posts chronicling my current rereading of Isabelle Stengers’ salient and fascinating essay, “Reclaiming Animism.”
Indeed, the Crow Battle Goddess took me incredibly by surprise when she revealed herself last fall.
That – before the field become solely map memoryIn some archive of some architect’s screenI might possess it or it possess meThrough its night dew, its moon white caulIts slick and shine and its prolifigacyIn every wingbeat in every beat of timeDeath of a Field, Paula Meehan, 2005 This is the first in what I … Continue reading Notes on Isabelle Stengers’ “Reclaiming Animism” (Part One)
A goddess has joined my household. Here is how it happened.
What do I want out of my practice? I think it's easiest to answer with an example. What I want out of my practice is best reflected by the day I had yesterday. Some pagan friends and I went to an orchard to pick apples and can them afterwards. Before beginning our little harvest of … Continue reading Orchardcraft
It’s been a long while since I last updated, and my last meandering post left it on kind of a dark note. I’ve got to admit, not long afterwards, I did end up dismantling all my physical shrines in my home and stored them away until finally, this last week, I took a look at … Continue reading Resurrection
Super thoughtful blog post, not just for beginners but for long-time polytheists as well.
Introducing people to Paganism is not a new task for me. Over the past 11 years, I have helped a number of friends navigate the unfamiliar waters of polytheistic faith, usually by providing the resources but letting them swim on their own. But I have grown, too. Looking back, I don’t think I would tell someone brand new what I used to tell people in the past. These days, I have a clearer understanding of unhelpful thinking within Greater Pagandom™ that I would want to excise from beginners right away — the sooner, the better.
These are the things I would do differently now:
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Content Notes: I do use the word "crazy" from time to time because I identify with that word as a mentally ill person. I also talk frankly about burnout, violence (in a dream), trauma, and similarly heavy topics. If there is something you need a specific content warning on, please let me know and I … Continue reading Tread Light and Run Through The Fire
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.
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. Before I dive into the … Continue reading Magical arts and sacred geographies