About John Beckett

I grew up in Tennessee with the woods right outside my back door. Wandering through them gave me a sense of connection to Nature and to a certain Forest God. I’m a Druid graduate of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, the Coordinating Officer of the Denton Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans and a former Vice President of CUUPS Continental. I’ve been writing, speaking, teaching, and leading public rituals for the past eleven years. I live in the Dallas – Fort Worth area and I earn my keep as an engineer.

Ostara: The Season of Preparation

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If Imbolc is the season of contemplation, Ostara is the season of preparation. As we sit here in early February it’s not time to get moving (not just yet) but it is time to start getting ready to move. [Read more...]

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Religion That Works

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Religion that works deals with religious matters. It does so honestly, transparently, and unapologetically. If we water down our deepest traditions in the name of unity, we end up with a religion that doesn’t work. [Read more...]

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The Future of Pagan Leadership

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Paganism will continue to grow in both breadth and depth. The question, then, is “how do Pagan leaders foster both breadth and depth?” How do we foster elite levels of skill and devotion without becoming elitist? [Read more...]

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Racism Cannot Be Tolerated

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Let’s not give a platform to those who attack anti-racist efforts. Racism can’t be eliminated (not immediately, anyway) but it can be identified and quarantined like the virus it is. [Read more...]

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Nine Things I Think

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska, 2011. If you want to see it, go now before it melts.

Nine Things I Think: Denton CUUPS’ first circle since the fire, Pantheacon plans, Many Gods West, the Super Bowl, and more. [Read more...]

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An Imbolc Meditation

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As we celebrate Imbolc, let us use this cold, slow time of the year to prepare ourselves for a warm, vibrant Spring. [Read more...]

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What’s Wrong With Asking For a Miracle?

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Magic can make the improbable more likely, but it can’t do the impossible. Rather than asking for a miracle, let’s use our considerable skills to reframe problems, expand our efforts, work incrementally, and when necessary, to show the world the meaning of valor. [Read more...]

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Believing in the Postman

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Terry Pratchett said believing in the Gods is like believing in the postman. He was right. We see the mail coming and going and we know the postman exists, but she isn’t very important to us. [Read more...]

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