I'm Elinor, and I create.

Storytelling, visual and multimedia art, poetry, song, ideas, yarn crafts, rituals, and magic: all of these creative forms help me to embody my experience in ways I can touch and feel, to mediate between my inner life and the outer environment.

All creation opens a space of liminality, possibility and risk. When we create something new — whether it’s a jumper, a cake, a painting, a storytelling performance, an altar, even a child — because it’s new and because it’s in process, there’s an element of the unknown. This brings a feeling of risk, and sometimes its reality, too. Creating is not a safe endeavour. For creation to happen, we need to be open to the risk of the unknown, to allow ourselves to be surprised.

I hope that, by sharing my creative process and what I create on this blog, I can make it a space in which we can connect with one another, with ways to be in relationship with the more-than-human world around us, and with our willingness to take risks and be surprised.

Read on to discover more.

Primroses: lore and life

Every year, the progression of flowers marks the coming of spring: the first tentative growth of light brings up the snowdrops, then the celandine and daffodils and coltsfoot. But the flowers which truly mean spring to me are primroses. Primrose lore The place of the primrose (Primula vulgaris) in British folklore is small, and some …

Read morePrimroses: lore and life

Personal freedom and collective liberation

I started spring with an amazing conversation with Yarrow Magdalena of DIY Business Magic. We talked about building a small business against and beyond capitalism⁣, the emotional labour involved in re-thinking our relationship to power and leadership, ways of building sustainable and regenerative communities and how that is related to how we trade with each …

Read morePersonal freedom and collective liberation

Who and what is a ‘woman’… and what does it mean for feminism?

a painting of a blonde woman wearing makeup, her face broken like a piece of china.

“The enigma that is woman will therefore constitute the target, the object, the stake, of a masculine discourse, of a debate among men, which would not consult her, would not concern her. Which, ultimately, she is not supposed to know anything about.” Luce Irigaray, Speculum of the Other Woman “…either I don’t have any “self,” …

Read moreWho and what is a ‘woman’… and what does it mean for feminism?

Full moon thoughts on feminisms and ontology

a hand holds a large sticker with 'FEMINIST' written in white text on a black background

I got into an Argument On The Internet last night about what feminism is, and isn’t. A Person On Twitter (APOT) proposed that one feminism exists, and that it has core beliefs. I suggested that there are many feminisms, and that, as there is no one feminism, there can be no ‘feminist’ core beliefs. This …

Read moreFull moon thoughts on feminisms and ontology

Some thoughts on seeking, learning, and initiation in Feri Witchcraft

Feri¹ makes powerful witches.  It does not make healthy witches, kind witches, just witches, pleasant witches, compassionate witches, or any other sort of witches; just powerful ones. What the Feri witch is after initiation is what the Feri witch was before initiation, just with more oomph. Becoming a Feri witch is not a gentle process. …

Read moreSome thoughts on seeking, learning, and initiation in Feri Witchcraft

Not everything goes at the same speed; not everything goes in the same lane.

Image of a road tunnel at night: there are lights overhead, and a series of bollards on the right of the image directing traffic. The road is empty.

I recently went through a process of discernment around what I do, and if, when, and how I get paid for it.  It began as a conversation with a friend about whether or not there was a fee if I took them on as a one-to-one magical/witchcraft mentor. Around that, I am very clear: I …

Read moreNot everything goes at the same speed; not everything goes in the same lane.

Some opinions on empathy, compassion, and choice

An adult gently holds the hand of a newborn infant in their fingers.

Every now and again a discussion pops up about autistic people and empathy, often in the context of misunderstandings between autistic and allistic people, and sometimes, regrettably, used as an excuse for autistic men who sexually harass women of all neurological profiles. The discussion usually descends into the familiar round of ad hominem attacks which …

Read moreSome opinions on empathy, compassion, and choice