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.

Nine Things I Think

Nine Things I Think: two new books, The Wild Hunt, the Presidential debate, camping, and news on my own book. [Read more…]

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Mainstream Paganism

I’m happy to see Pagan concepts and values make their way into the mainstream culture, but I’m much less happy to see mainstream concepts and values influencing Paganism. Considering the size difference between Paganism and the mainstream, it’s not hard to guess which one will have the greater effect on the other. [Read more…]

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Why I Don’t Work With Saint Cyprian

Reclaiming our ancestral heritage is one thing. Praying to someone who gave up that heritage because he saw an opportunity for power in a new religion is quite another. [Read more…]

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Lessons From a Broken Flower

Something that could have been beautiful tried to rise too far too fast without the support it needed, and now it is no more. [Read more…]

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I Do Believe In Mercury Retrograde! I Do, I Do, I Do!

There’s nothing like first-hand experience to change your beliefs – all of a sudden I’m a firm believer in Mercury Retrograde. [Read more…]

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The Return of the Dark

As we approach the Autumn Equinox and as we get ready to celebrate Mabon or whatever your tradition calls this point on the Wheel of the Year, take a few minutes to appreciate passing from the Light Half to the Dark Half. [Read more…]

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Druids, Polytheism, and Impermanence

What do an OBOD camp and the Buddhist principle of impermanence have to do with conflict in the Polytheist Movement? In my case, quite a lot. [Read more…]

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Building Our Polytheism

In a local, face-to-face group, you quickly learn what’s worth fighting over and what isn’t. Online, all we have are discussions. We don’t have to work together to plan the next public ritual. So there’s nothing to keep us from letting honest religious disagreements turn into taking things personally… or into making them personal. [Read more…]

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