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The magical economy

There is such a thing as a gift economy (Mauss 1954)*, in which things are given to another in no expectation of exchange. Instead the gifts given are part of a larger social contract, in which the web which holds us together is formed from the noticing of another’s need or desire, and fulfilling it,

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Tira and the bees

This post is long, but I make no apologies for that. Some things are too important, and too epic, to contain in a pithy article. Indeed, this is a very different blog post to my normal offering. But there is story here, and beauty, and so I suggest that you settle in, with a long

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For the love of a planet

It’s all about perspective, in the end. Uma tells a version of the Hindu epic Ramayana that I love…it often brings me to tears. It’s essentially Sita’s story, rather than Ram’s. The story goes that a royal couple, blessed in many ways but not with children; prayed and made offering after offering to the gods

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Summer’s End

They say that those who do not know their history are bound to repeat it. I say bring it on. Time is not an arrow or an unfolding road, ever relentless, ever marching onwards. Time soars in loops and spirals and endless waves, like the true, delighted flight of crows on the wind. Time, like

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Sanctuaries

To commit to a modern pagan practice in Britain is to plant one’s feet firmly in this world. By this, I don’t just mean the natural, idyllic, unspoilt world of our hopes and legends, but in the human, social world as well. This will sound strange if you are aware how many social misfits, outcasts

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Simnel Cakes

On my mother’s side, I come from a long line of little, curvy, smily kind of women. On my father’s side you find the stronger, more serious, taller and darker women. At least, that’s how I remember them. My mother’s mother grew to the dizzy heights of 4’11”, and her husband escaped a life in

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Spring Photo Diary

For me, yoga is the whole package. It helps with all aspects of our wellbeing, and therefore eventually supports every aspect of our daily lives, from relationships to ethical shopping to healthy sleeping patterns. But yogis and yoginis are also real people, who get grumpy, fall ill, and eat doughnuts occasionally. Yoga isn’t supposed to

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