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.

The Path of Paganism

After a journey of over three years, my first book The Path of Paganism is out. I got my author copies two weeks ago – I started getting Facebook messages from people who got their pre-ordered copies on Tuesday. This is the story of how The Path of Paganism came to be a book. [Read more…]

Why I Had To Make a Clean Break With Christianity

I grew up in fundamentalism and so I had to make a clean break with Christianity. Nothing is worth letting that fear back into my life. I will not open that door, not even for access to two thousand years of magic. [Read more…]

Beltane – The Coming of the Gods

The Tuatha De Danann had to fight to make a home in Ireland. I do not imagine our struggles will be any easier. But with the skill of Lugh, the strength of the Dagda, and the cunning of the Morrigan, we can prevail. [Read more…]

Owning Land in an Animist World

We can own land, at least in a limited sense of the term. But owning land does not give us absolute control over it. Rather, it increases our ability and our responsibility to care for the land like the living, inspirited being it is. [Read more…]

The Monsters that Live in the Depths

Some aren’t interested in deeper practice. Some aren’t ready for it… but when are any of us really ready for an Otherworldly experience? And some are afraid of the monsters that live in the depths. But here is the door, waiting to be opened. [Read more…]

Three Forms of Immortality

To be human is to live with the realization that we are alive but that some day we will die. We mostly live with this fatal certainty by ignoring it, but sometimes we wonder about what – if anything – comes after death. I see three forms of immortality. [Read more…]

The Authority of the Gods

The older I get the more I realize just how much I don’t know. If someone else shows they know more than I do, I’m going to listen carefully to what they have to say. This has been my experience with the Gods. [Read more…]

Stepping Aside

October 31 will be my last day as Coordinating Officer of Denton CUUPS. I will remain an active member, but I’m stepping aside from formal leadership. [Read more…]