Manannán is a god of orchards. Nehalennia is a goddess of apples harvested and baked into pies. Idunn’s the goddess of the apples untouched on the tree. Aengus, in my mind, is the god of cider. I need to know about apples and their gods. I cannot eat raw apples and move. It is the […]Read more "Apples all round"
How to write about heroism without sounding like a pompous ass? I am not a hero, or a teacher of heroes or the bloody Pagan pope. For there can only be one … and it simply is not my style. My voice is not the voice of solemn authority, nor that of the satyr. But […]Read more "On heroic living"
When I pray, I cover my head. Coincidently I also cover my hair, but that is not my intent of purpose. When I stand before the gods I cover my head. I believe I would do the same if I were completely bald. For many women covering is precisely about their hair. They dyeing or […]Read more "Honest about headcovering"
One of the downsides of being a non-native English speaker, is that I cannot for the life of me think of a word starting with the letter ‘g’. I can hold a perfect conversation, but coming up with random words is proving difficult. I believed I needed the Pagan Blog Project and the order of […]Read more "G is for great writers"
My friend Maaku Saru wrote an interesting response to my post ‘Land of Promise’ vs. ‘The Promised Land, to which I replied. The issue he addresses – the difference between spirituality and religion – is one which deserves more attention and writing space however. So, in regard to the Pagan Blog Project, I am about […]Read more "Exploring the dichotomy of spirituality and religion"
This weekend I am off to Groningen, a city in the north of this country. I will stay with a beloved friend who I haven’t seen in nine months. The train trip will take 3,5 hours, which for this country’s standards, is very long indeed. And the next four weekends will also be buzzing with […]Read more "England and weekends of social engagement"
D stands for David Abram and why I have to buy his books. Here are some quotes taken from the article ‘Waking the Senses’ which you can find on The Alliance for Wild Ethics. In defence of sensory experience: Sensory experience, we might say, is the way our body binds its life to the other […]Read more "David Abram and the coming of spring"
On Tuesday I wrote about the power of imagination. Today I write about its limits. There are some places my imagination does not wish to go. Donar (West-Germanic cognate to Thor) is one of the gods I have difficulty imagining. I admire oak trees. And I enjoy being out and about when the summer storms […]Read more "Donar (and the limits of my imagination)"
All sacred circles put you “betwixt and between”, the make you feel alone but vulnerable to the eyes that watch. From where? Deep in the trees. From the sky above. From earlier ages. Stepping into any circle’s centre – whether of trees or standing stones – is to make yourself at once vulnerable to the […]Read more "Circles offer me no protection."
This blog post isn’t about cats. It is also not about the link between the gods and our furry feline friends. For more of that I refer you to Ruadhán McElroy’s writing on Of Thespiae. This blog post center’s on ‘Cat’, a conceptual construction which John Micheal Greer uses in A World Full of Gods […]Read more "C stands for ‘Cat’: a tool for explaining polytheism"