We’re not the centre of the universe

Three or four times a year, people find reason to blame the normal problems of modern life on Mercury going backwards in the sky – the dreaded so-called “Mercury retrograde”. People who are normally quite rational seem to buy into this superstition.   It is silly enough to believe that the movement of a planet…

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We will be ancestors

Ever since this past Samhain season, I’ve kept tripping over information about ancestor worship, working with ancestors, ancestor shrines… These things have never been a part of my personal practice and I still don’t feel called to them now, or, at least, not in the ways I’ve seen them done. There’s nothing wrong with those…

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Our place in the cosmos – part 2

  “We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.” ― Carl Sagan, Cosmos   We are stardust breathing and dreaming and thinking and creating. Our very bodies are made of elements born in centres of long-gone stars.   Eyes evolved and we saw the stars. We are stardust star watching. We are the…

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Not your bird

There are two bald eagles perched majestically on the cross at the top of a beautiful steeple. They are posed picturesquely against the blue sky, seen only by those, like me, who stare at clouds.   Wandering through the side streets on a certain evening, I come across an awesome sight: hundreds of crows in…

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Here in the middle

  Here in the middle, we mostly don’t want to have to choose between faith and reason. See, on one side, there are hard core atheist scientists telling us that there is no meaning and that the universe is just physical forces and genetic replication with blind, pitiless indifference. On the other side, there are…

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Mushrooms for Mabon?

  There seem to be mushrooms popping up all around me right now. The photo above is of a mushroom growing in my front yard. There are several other patches of different mushrooms on my walk to work, my work is selling two different kinds of mushrooms next week, and my in-box contains an invitation…

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One sows while another reaps

  Yesterday, a member of my Circle ran a sweet little Lammas ritual on the theme of “as you sow, so you shall reap”. That got me thinking about Pagans, the wheel of the year, and its relationship to nature.   One of the wheel of the year stories we can tell through Pagan rituals…

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Weather magic is a bad idea

Isobars screenshot from San Francisco State University Meteorological Program website.   I will admit to being a magic skeptic. I believe that we do have the ability to change ourselves using magic, but I am doubtful about our ability to change the physical realm. I think weather magic is a waste of time: no harm,…

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