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.

A Druid With a Camera

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The stereotypical tourist with a camera is a stereotype for a reason – it’s easy to get caught up in taking pictures and miss out on experiencing a new place or event. But photography has taught me a few things I might not have learned otherwise. [Read more...]

Beltane – A Solitary Ritual

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Beltane is without question the most difficult high day for a solitary celebration, but there are things that can be done and done well as a solitary. In this ritual we continue the tradition of passing between two fires for purification and protection. [Read more...]

The Candle of Earth Day

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No, Earth Day isn’t enough. But it’s still better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness. [Read more...]

Prophetic Leadership

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If we want people to pay attention to the prophecies we receive and the observations we make, we can’t just say “here’s what’s going to happen.” We also have to say “here’s what we can do with it” and “here’s how it will be better for all of us.” [Read more...]

Fertile Ground For Polytheism

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The decline of the West is bringing many challenges and difficulties, but it’s also creating fertile ground for polytheism. [Read more...]

Responding to the Religiously Obnoxious

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I’m a big proponent of doing what it takes to get along. But at some point, “getting along” becomes “pretending to be someone you aren’t.” I’ve crossed that line before, sometimes knowingly and sometimes mindlessly. It never ended well. [Read more...]

Listening To The Gods

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When we listen to the Gods we allow Them to speak to us here and now. If we want to avoid following the monotheistic religions into stagnant orthodoxy and an obsession with the written word, let’s learn to experience Them directly and intimately. [Read more...]

Building the World to Come

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Consumer culture is inherently unsustainable and it is going to collapse. But if we’re that dissatisfied with mainstream culture – and I certainly am – let’s start building a better culture that is sustainable right here right now. [Read more...]


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