Archives for January 2013

The Myth of Magic

Most of us believe in magic even if we like to think we don’t. That’s OK – like all good myths, the myth of magic teaches us important lessons about life and how we can best live it. [Read more…]

The Druid Revival Reader

Modern Druidry traces its lineage back to 1717. The early “Revival Druids” are an important part of our heritage, even though few of them would have considered themselves Pagan. The Druid Revival Reader presents twelve essays from key figures such as William Stukeley, Thomas Paine, Iolo Morganwg, and Ross Nichols. [Read more…]

Pagan, Druid and UU

I am an active part of three religious traditions: Pagan, Druid, and Unitarian Universalist. Practicing all three works for me, but there are times when I need to focus exclusively on the tools and models of one. [Read more…]

Fear of the Gods

People who come to Paganism often have a fear of approaching our gods and goddesses. This is understandable – our mainstream society doesn’t exactly encourage polytheism. Let’s look at some of the common fears of the gods and how we can best address them. [Read more…]

A New Home

Welcome to the new home of “Under the Ancient Oaks.” I’m John Beckett and I’m happy to be joining the Pagan Channel here at Patheos. It’s an exciting time to be a Pagan. There’s a historic conversation going on and I want to take part in it. [Read more…]

The End of Growth

Here’s a link to an article from The Wall Street Journal titled “A California Drought: Not Enough Children.” It points out California’s declining birth rate and immigration patterns (including state to state immigration, not just people from other countries) as a predictor of future problems. And it quotes Stephen Levy of the Center for Continuing [Read More…]

Tension and the Big Tent of Paganism

Yesterday I started a blog post on the most recent internet dustup over the label “Pagan.” I got a page into it before I decided I didn’t really want to stoke this particular fire again. Then today I came across this piece by P. Sufenas Virius Lupus titled “Bringing Back the Gods.” He referenced Sam [Read More…]

Creating and Re-creating

David Dashifen Kees had an excellent question in response to my last post on Sam Webster’s call to rebuild the cult of the gods: What about deities for whom we lack evidence of an ancient cult or for those which are not ancient in and of themselves? How would you recommend going about the recreation [Read More…]