Druid Thoughts: Paganism – Indoors or Outside?

Old Irish Hearth, Lough Doolin, C. Clare (1935). Public domain image.

Paganism, to our ancestors, did not mean exclusively nature. It meant a blending of human concerns and natural powers: Gods of war and wisdom, of poetry and politics. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Gratitude, the Ocean, and Me


I am thankful not only for the ocean, but for the lessons she offers: change is inevitable, life is fluid, and beauty and strength are not mutually exclusive. [Read more...]

The Busy Witch: Letting Go of Summer


For years, I’ve resisted the changing seasons and the coming cold; I moved to the south to get away from long, bitter winters, and I’ll wear sandals even when it’s snowing, just to cling to the semblance of summer. But this year, I finally feel ready to welcome to the cold with intention. [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Is There Really a Devil?

Cat eating a house sparrow by Mark Marek Photography. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

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...]

Naturalistic Traditions: Were early agricultural peoples naturalistic?


Early humans depended upon nature for their very existence. However, nature religion does not equal naturalism, a worldview that sees all primary causes originating in nature. Yet agricultural advances during the Neolithic period suggest the possible development of a key prerequisite of naturalism. [Read more...]

Gateway Goddess: Summer Samhain Feels Both Wrong and Right


Memorial Day is a kind of summer Samhain, and it can feel so odd in the Pagan context. And yet, in another way, it perfectly fits with my new traditions, all of which emphasize the importance of maintaining connection with ancestors. [Read more...]

Gateway Goddess: Taurus Season – A Celebration of the Sacred Body


It’s May. It’s Taurus season. The season for celebrating the element of Earth in its fullest expression. A season that puts us in touch with that part of our souls that sticks closest to our skin and delights in the physical. In the Reclaiming tradition, it’s called Younger Self. I learned to call it Sticky One. [Read more...]