Integration – A Review

Pagan Pride Day - White Rock Lake, Dallas

Several years ago I stopped making New Year’s resolutions.  I found I rarely kept them, mostly because the goals I set weren’t in alignment with my true will.  I resolved to accomplish things I thought I was supposed to want, and I set goals with little regard to my desire (and in some cases, my ability) to actually do the things that would be required to achieve them.Instead, each year I select a theme – a high-level goal I want to keep in the front of my mind all year.  My theme is a destin … [Read more...]

The Secret History of the World

the secret history of the world

The Secret History of the World As Laid Down by the Secret Societies by Mark Booth published in 2008 by Overlook Press 415 pages“You must be mad, or you wouldn’t have come here.”  This line from Alice in Wonderland concludes the introduction to The Secret History of the World As Laid Down by the Secret Societies by Mark Booth.  You don’t have to be mad to read it, but if you don’t understand how to read it then it will surely drive you mad, in one sense of the word or another.I just as … [Read more...]

Nine Things I Think

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Nine Things I Think is an irregular feature whenever I have a list of things I want to talk about that aren’t long enough for their own individual posts.  There’s no theme, just nine things I want to bring to your attention.  Feel free to expand on any of these topics in the comments section.1)  A recent commenter asked if my thoughts on something were “common among OBOD.”  Short answer – probably not.Both of my primary spiritual groups – the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids and the Cove … [Read more...]

A Solstice Walk

Winter Solstice Sunset 01

According to the U.S. Naval Observatory, the astronomical solstice will occur tomorrow at 11:11 AM Central Time.  Tomorrow night, Denton CUUPS will hold our Yule circle, where we’ll celebrate the rebirth of the Sun and the return of the light.Before the rebirth, though, there is one final sunset.  Come with me, if you will, on a Solstice walk.Imagine yourself standing outside a house in a rural area.  Perhaps it is your house.  Perhaps it was your house earlier in this life, or before tha … [Read more...]

Wrestling With The Gods

Athena Parthenos

There’s a t-shirt I see regularly at UU gatherings and occasionally at Pagan ones.  It says “some questions are too important for answers.”I respect the humility in that sentiment.  Philosophers, theologians, and ordinary people have struggled with the Big Questions of Life for thousands of years.  Many of these questions aren’t simply beyond our current knowledge, they’re beyond our capacity to know.  Assuming we have certainty when we do not has been the source of countless problems, most n … [Read more...]

Pagan Unity

but this (image from the Robin Wood Tarot)

I hadn’t intended to write on Pagan unity – or the lack thereof – any time soon.  But I’ve seen a lot of chatter on the topic in the past week – it seems like the time to chime in.I’m not going to link to a bunch of people on this, mainly because I don’t want to take the time to look up quotes.  Suffice it to say the complaints fall into two main categories.1) Someone attempts to define Paganism and someone else complains “your definition excludes me.”2) Someone assumes a definiti … [Read more...]

Lessons From the Marathon

the start of the 2003 Dallas White Rock Marathon

This Saturday marks ten years since I ran my second and final marathon.  Though injuries and weight gain forced me to stop running long ago, my brief running “career” remains one of my most meaningful personal achievements.Last year I told my running story in the context of a wider discussion on fat and health.  Go read it if you’re interested – here’s an excerpt. Growing up I always felt like I was inferior because I wasn’t an athlete. Running changed all that. I still wasn’t very fast, but … [Read more...]

Five Ritualists at Dinner

dining room table

From the comments on my last post, both here and (appropriately enough) on social media, I’m far from the only one who has dreams of a Druid college.  This isn’t surprising – formal education is prominent in our lives.  From the time we’re old enough to leave our mothers for a few hours we’re in school:  kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school.  Many of us go on to college or university and some of us go back again, and again.  We’re told that education is the key to a good li … [Read more...]