The Lady’s Quill: Walls and Doors

A Japanese templ

Walls are being built high and strong in the Pagan community as our component parts struggle to establish their distinct identities. Will our Pagan village have room for everyone who wants to live in it? [Read more...]

Dandelion Seeds: A Guide to Involving Kids in Ritual

Photo courtesy of Melissa Hill

Rev. Hill answers the question, “What do we do with the kids during ritual?” In this article she shares her insight child development and how to integrate them successfully into pagan rites. [Read more...]

Dandelion Seeds: On the Road Again!


Rev. Melissa Hill shares four ways to make travel a sacred experience no matter what your destination is or how irritable your children are. Plus check out a map listing various statues of goddesses and gods around the United States! [Read more...]

Dandelion Seeds: Digging Deep and Reaching High

a dandelion surrounded by grass

Combining ancient lore, science, chickens, compost, and a smidge of humor, this is the first post from a new voice for for the earth and us on Agora: Dandelion Seeds. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: Contemplative Druidry by James Nichol (Book Review)

Contemplative Druidry

Nichol came to be interested in a more contemplative approach to his Druidry after a mystical experience in June 2007, “triggered simply by noticing and contemplating a wild rose, growing on the banks of the river, an experience “which only “lasted a few moments” but caused “a subtle shift of awareness” for several weeks, where he “woke up every day with a sense of joy and connection.” This experience eventually led him to renew his study of the Shambhala school of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as other forms of Buddhism, and then to propose to the OBOD leadership a program of “contemplative exploration”. This book is the result of that exploration. [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Has Pagan Environmentalism Failed?


The idea that we can save the planet with magic is both ludicrous and entirely right. Forget the magic of spells and prayers, though, because that’s not doing it. We need an entirely different kind of magic, and it is the magic of changing ourselves. The more we can do to change ourselves, the more we can help and inspire others to live differently. [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Druid or Pagan?


I’m all too aware that if I put material out under the ‘Druid’ label, I’m not going to reach as many people as if I use the term ‘Pagan’. It’s not just a cynical marketing issue, but a question of how useful it is to break things down to their smallest categories. [Read more...]