Quick Crosspost – Carl Sagan’s Cosmos

Just a quick crosspost–my new post is up at No Unsacred Place; it’s called Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: A Pagan Perspective. I recently watched this amazing series, and the post has some thoughts on how it can mesh with pagan spirituality, as well as a very brief ritual idea using it for an immersive experience!

Shapeshifting as Connecting to the Other

Just a quick note as I am busy with writing and art and family and holidays and, and, and–you get the idea.

But I wanted to share my two latest posts over at No Unsacred Place:

Shapeshifting into Kin: Part One (the theoretical bit)

Shapeshifting into Kin: Part Two (the practical bit)

A brief excerpt:

There are many purposes for shapeshifting—celebration, drawing on the power of the being you’re changing into, learning to change yourself, etc. There are also many techniques, some stationary, others involving dance and other movement. This version of shapeshifting is quieter, and is primarily for the purpose of creating connection with, and fostering awareness of, other beings. It’s a way to begin healing the rift we as a species have created between us and the rest of the beings we share this world with. It requires a certain level of intimacy; you can’t become a being without having some empathy for it, and the world could certainly do with more empathy all around.

Two Quick Things!

Today is my birthday, so I’m on minimal computer use today whilst I go to birthday-type things. However, I wanted to pass on a couple of neat things!

First–I am now one of two new staff writers over at No Unsacred Place! This is the wonderfully eco-centric branch of the Pagan Newswire Collective; you can find out more about the PNC’s mission here, and you can read the archives of No Unsacred Place here! I am very, very grateful to be added into the roster there; I will be linking to my posts from there over here on Therioshamanism, though there’ll still be other things posted here as well. Meanwhile, look for a post on ecopsych and paganism as my first contribution over there later this week.

Also, as if the above announcement wasn’t a great enough thing in and of itself, here’s an easy way to make my birthday not only happy, but AWESOME! Why yes, that is a flaming artichoke!