Druid Thoughts: Pagan Fiction

John William Waterhouse, Tristan and Isolde with the Potion

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

Jeanne d'Arc (Eugene Thirion, 1876)

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

From Mal Corvus Witchcraft & Folklore artefact private collection owned by Malcolm Lidbury (aka Pink Pasty) - Witchcraft Tools

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

Nimue Brown

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

Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675), Young woman playing a guitar

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...]

Druid Thoughts: Druid Order FAQs

The Last of the Druids

Druidry is nothing like as orderly as many people seem to assume. It’s not even slightly like a church, it’s like a lot of small groups and gatherings with all manner of connections and overlaps between them. And no, you don’t need a beard. [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Beyond Novicehood

Druidry and the Ancestors

When you start out as a Pagan, it’s not difficult to find reading material. Then comes a point when the books start to feel a bit samey: Yet another rough guide to the Wheel of the Year. Yet another quick list of standard deities. Where are all the mind-expanding secrets? Where’s the long-awaited ancient wisdom? [Read more...]


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