A quick forage today, more of a passing snuffle through the leaves really. So what have I found this week?
Mark Green at Atheopaganism writes about Keeping a Practice Going. My last blogpost on Wednesday was inspired by this piece, but I wanted to highlight it again because it offers some useful and timely advice for anyone who feels that their spiritual practice is stuck in a rut.
So seize the opportunity presented by that upcoming Moon phase, or that Sabbath that’s just around the corner, to do something special. Doesn’t have to be grandiose: just a moment out of time to reflect that we are here, tiny beings in a far-flung Universe of treasures and mysteries. We are gifted with Life, and with consciousness. We are each of us unique, precious, magical.
The British Druid Order blog has an excellent and thought provoking article on Decolonization and Pagan Relationship with the World. There is so much to unpack in this article, and the linked conversation with Dr Amba J. Sepie. I definitely need to sit with this article more, and perhaps formulate a proper response to it, but for now I wanted to simply say: read it, it’s important.
I think that connecting with Pagan life-ways, restoring something of that lost connection in Western society to the Land, Sea and Sky, and therefore to each other, is a key step towards decolonising our culture and fixing our broken relationship with the world. As the article says:
[T]his process of decolonisation isn’t about getting rid of western culture…it is about tweaking it and removing the dysfunctional parts, shifting the good parts, re-purposing it all and rebuilding a new world.
Laura Tempest Zarkoff at A Modern Traditional Witch on Patheos writes about Being Covered in Magic like Cat Hair. This article was shared with me by a Witchy friend of mine, and I think it’s brilliant.
[I]f there’s one thing we shouldn’t grow out of, it is our belief of magic. Children see the world so clearly – visually, mentally, and emotionally. But as we get older, we are told we need to leave that behind. To see the world in concrete, hard-lined terms. But the world is actually organic, multi-layered, soft, shifting, luminous, covert, and full of liminality.
And finally, I love crows. The name of this site is a bit of a giveaway but I do. Every morning I see the local crows fly out from their roosts and every evening I watch them return. Jackdaws, rooks and magpies are very common where I live, and I love watching their antics, seeing the obvious intelligence behind their actions.
So, given that, I thoroughly enjoyed an article from Buzzfeed of all places, 19 Reasons Why the Crow Should be Your New Favorite Animal. Enjoy!