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.

Progressive Magic

Magic has a dilemma. It works best when it’s focused and specific, but many of the things we need magic to achieve are big and complicated. Progressive magic is an approach to deal with this dilemma. [Read more…]

The Non-Negotiables of My Religion

There are three non-negotiables in my religion. If I abandoned or significantly changed any of these three concepts, I would be practicing a different religion. [Read more…]

Nine Things I Think: Appearances, Journals, and New Pagan Websites

Nine Things I Think: Appearances, Journals, and New Pagan Websites [Read more…]

Spiritual Treatment Is No Substitute For Mental Health Care

Spiritual practice is no substitute for proper mental health care. This isn’t a difference of opinion. This isn’t a case of “agree to disagree.” This is a wrong and dangerous belief that I see too often in Pagan and alternative spirituality circles. [Read more…]

What’s Changing: The World or Us?

What’s changing: the world or us? I’ve been arguing it’s the world, but I now think it’s a combination of the two. Is my revised model of the world “right”? No, but it’s a little less wrong. [Read more…]

Reimagining Ostara

As a Nature-centered Pagan, I enjoy celebrating Ostara, the Spring Equinox. But as a Deity-centered Pagan, I’ve never really known what to do with it. This is my reimagining of Ostara. [Read more…]

Listening to the Dead at a Civil War Battlefield

620,000 people died in the Civil War because the world changed and some refused to change with it. I pray that we learn from their mistakes. [Read more…]

The Re-emergence of the Fair Folk in the Ordinary World

The Fair Folk never really went away. Perhaps they came into this world less often, but mainly we stopped noticing them. Now we’re seeing them, hearing them, and feeling the impact of their presence on an increasingly frequent basis. We’d best pay attention. [Read more…]