Category Archives: nature

Lunasa – John Barleycorn

But John Barleycorn proved the stoutest man Though they did all that they could So raise up your horn and praise John Barleycorn And we shall drink his blood Yes, we shall drink his blood! – Heather Alexander’s version of … Continue reading

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A simple ritual: Moon shadows

For this month’s ritual, I want to suggest a simple activity which can be as elaborate and engaging or as quiet and meditative as you want: looking at your moon shadow. The weather is nice enough in most places at … Continue reading

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Animal signs

A few of my experiences getting divinatory messages from animals’ appearances or behaviors… Continue reading

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Earth Day – Romancing the Landbase

Make an offering and deepen your relationship… Continue reading

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Magic for the buds

Tonight I’m snuggled up and trying to stay warm while (yet another) snowstorm hits, here in February when we might expect things to be getting if not spring-like then at least a little milder. Tonight I will chant the names … Continue reading

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Landbase whispers: Spring is here

My landbase told me that spring arrived last Tuesday. On Monday, I was walking in the rain, and I thought about something Michael Smith mentioned at Sacred Space, alluding to the way a religion that recognizes the divine immanent in … Continue reading

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Dupont Henge today

The Express had a little article on Friday saying that today at 12:30 the sun will shine directly down the tunnel of Dupont Circle’s south entrance. Anybody want to go see? I should have kept a copy of the article, … Continue reading

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Sitting at a cold altar

Have you ever tried sitting at a cold altar? By cold I don’t just mean temperature. My altar where I do my regular devotions has symbols of the Elements on it: a stick of incense, a small candle, a dish … Continue reading

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The Illogic of Straight Lines and asking hard questions

After a lot of consideration and discussion with Anne Newkirk Niven, who edits Witches & Pagans magazine and oversees the Pagan Square collection of blogs, I’ve decided to refocus my blog there to be more of a Pagan Studies endeavor. … Continue reading

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No unsacred place, or, I do not want to be the Poop Fairy

How would we behave differently if we believed that every place was sacred – if not to us, then to someone? I have a special relationship with Theodore Roosevelt Island. It’s my “home” park, here in the urban hinterland. It’s … Continue reading

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