6 Critical Situations, 6 Helpful Books

Here are six critical situations on my Pagan journey and the books that were most helpful in getting me through them. And since my thinking has changed and there’ve been a lot of good books written since I began, I’m also listing what I’d recommend to someone in a similar situation today. Read more

“Growing Less Religious” and “Overcoming Intuition” – More Bad Assumptions

An academic study circulating around social media assumes that “growing less religious” and “overcoming intuition” are inherently good things. These are bad assumptions that conflate religion with belief and ignore significant differences between religions. Read more

Travel Is Good For the Soul – Including Travel Beyond the Veil

Travel is an educational and life-expanding activity and I highly recommend it. And, the same benefits we gain from mundane travel also come to us from otherworldly travel. Read more

Under the Ancient Oaks: Shrines

The fourth episode of Under the Ancient Oaks – the Video Series. ADF Archdruid Emeritus Kirk Thomas and I talk about shrines, and about the beautiful shrines Kirk has built at Trout Lake Abbey. Read more

Pagan Sacred Callings That Aren’t Priesthood

If you want to draw a clear line between priestly work and non-priestly work, focus on the relationship, not on the activity. Listen for what you’re being called to do. Then go do it to the best of your ability, whether it involves priesthood or not. Read more

Intermediate Polytheism: Because You’re Not a Beginner Anymore

Once you’ve established your devotional practice, what’s next? There are many possibilities – I can only tell you what I’ve done, what’s worked, and what hasn’t. This is one piece of the map of the territory beyond beginning polytheism. Read more

Are Hurricanes and Wildfires Persons? Respect the Power of Nature

Humans have been attempting to gain mastery over Nature since the discovery of fire. We have made amazing progress. But hurricanes and wildfires teach us a very pagan (small p intentional) truth: we are not the center of the universe. Read more

The Benefits of Living in a Magical Universe

We live in a magical universe full of Gods and spirits, where nothing is fixed and everything has odds… odds that can be manipulated. Read more

3 Harmful Common Myths and 3 Better Alternatives

We all have myths – stories that we live by. What are your myths? Do they help you live the kind of life you want to live? Or have they set you up for failure? Read more

Religion Is Not Just Mythology

The idea that religion is mythology is the bastard child of Protestantism and atheism. It rips sacred stories out of their animistic and theistic context and replants them in the academically acceptable ground of psychology and sociology. Read more

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