Druid Thoughts: Tennis for Pagans

What the tennis debacle has shown us, is that bad manners and sexism are so embedded in our culture that a lot of people feel comfortable putting those kinds of views into the public domain. It is a tragedy for our culture, and for the individuals who have so lost touch with what it means to respect themselves and other humans [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: Books for Druids

If you want to be a Druid, study everything, and try to find study materials written by people who knew what they were talking about. Let’s get away from fantasies of Atlantis and other such works of speculative fiction and educate ourselves about the world we live in. [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: What Do Gods Look Like?

Most of our representations of deity seem to look suspiciously like us. The Bible has that line about us being made in God’s image, but I think really it’s the other way round – we make Gods in our image. [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: What Really Happens When We Die?

As a Druid, I feel it is much better to try and understand the mysteries of life on its own terms, not with reference to a speculative hereafter. To be a Druid is to live this life well, honourably, deeply. Not by the rules of an ancient book, but by pragmatic standards, humanistic standards, reasoned out as best I am able. [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: Is There Really a Devil?

I think the Devil is a way of putting outside of us all the things we don’t want to admit are part of being human. We kill and torture, rape and abuse. Once we admit that evil wears human faces, then we stand a better chance of dealing with it and not becoming a manifestation of it ourselves. [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: Pagan Fiction

In fiction, there’s only so far you can push the Pagan magic before you move away from the normal experiences of normal Pagans. For most people, magic is a subtle experience. It’s doesn’t come with sound effects and flashing lights, but as a sense of wonder, awareness and possibility, a shift of consciousness that isn’t readily explained. [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: Insanity and Spirituality

Insanity has never been purely a measurement of mental health. It is a measurement of deviance from consensus. That consensus is quite capable of being wrong. Survival often means knowing how to appease the majority and being able to explore your own understanding without losing sight of what everyone else ‘knows’. [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: The Ethics of Divination

The future is not cast in stone. Just looking at it can change it. Thinking about it changes it, and as we imagine the future we reinvent our own possibilities. Thus it is really important to be clear that all you can divine is potential. [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: Pick and Mix Paganism

I don’t think any religion has the monopoly on truth. I like Druidry; I choose it because it suits how I feel and how I want to work. I do not confuse its being entirely right for me with its being *entirely right.* [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: Moments in Druidry

I ran a folk club in my twenties. I sing seasonal material, songs about the land, things that are intrinsically Pagan. One evening, totally out of the blue, one of the members said, “Sing us one of your Druid songs.” At that point in my life, I hadn’t even met a Druid. [Read more…]