Book review: Queer Magic

Prower, Tomas. Queer Magic: LGBT+ Spirituality and Culture from Around the World. Llewellyn, 2018. As it's Pride Month, it seems a good time to do a review of Queer Magic, a book which takes you on a journey around the world and across the centuries to explore the intersection between LGBT+ people and magical practices... Continue Reading →

Friday Foraging 23

Back to our (semi) regular snuffle through the Pagan blogosphere to see what I found interesting this week: Nimue at Druid Life writes about Food and Identity, the link between what we eat and who we are, which I found a useful reflection on my own identity as a vegetarian, though not always as healthy... Continue Reading →

Annihilate the concept of nature

A recent document from the Vatican, that bastion of medieval patriarchy, has claimed that trans people "annihilate the concept of nature". The document, called "Male and Female He Created Them" states: "Efforts to go beyond the difference, such as the ideas of ‘intersex’ or ‘transgender,’ lead to a masculinity or feminity that is ambiguous...Similar theories... Continue Reading →

Friday Foraging 22

It's been a week, folks! So, what hidden gems have I found in the Pagan blogging community this week? In no particular order, here we go: Humanistic Paganism has an excellent post by "Skeptical Seeker" on Being An Atheist Druid, which really resonates with me. I tend to a sort of vague apophatic agnosticism which... Continue Reading →

The joy of gerbils

Anyone who follows me on Instagram will no doubt have seen many, many photos of my beloved gerbils, Basil and Sage (#HerbGerbs!). These small creatures are a big part of my life, as were Thor and Loki before them (the OGs -Original Gerbils). Why gerbils? More through chance than design in the first instance. My... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Wisdom of Birch, Oak and Yew

Billington, Penny. The Wisdom of Birch, Oak and Yew: Connect to the Magic of Trees for Guidance and Transformation. Llewellyn, 2015. Penny Billington is one of the most experienced, knowledgeable and interesting Druids I have had the pleasure to meet. Her Druidry is a magical blend of down to earth practicality and thoughtful philosophy, which... Continue Reading →

Friday Foraging 21

Ah, the joys(?) of being struck down with a cold and having nothing to do but read stuff on t'internet. What have I found this week? Firstly, it's Hedgehog Awareness Week, so it's absolutely a good time to think about how we can help this most iconic of prickly creature, who are suffering a huge... Continue Reading →

The importance of joy

Joy is never meaningless. Yes, the world is messed up right now, you don't need me to tell you that. Look at the news for five minutes and you will see a litany of horrors, each worse than the last. In such a world, at such a time, how dare we seek joy in frivolous... Continue Reading →

Solitary and community

I'm an introvert. Every psychological test, both formal with a therapist and self-reported online, has confirmed this, giving me extremely high (above 90%) scores for introversion. As such, my Druidry has always been a mostly solitary pursuit, sometimes accompanied by my partner who is on a similar Pagan path, but more often than not just... Continue Reading →

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