Interview With Kristoffer Hughes

Kristoffer Hughes

Kristoffer Hughes is a native Welsh speaker, born to a Welsh family in the mountains of Snowdonia. He lives on the Island of Anglesey, Wales, the ancestral seat of the British Druids. His love of Celtic literature and traditions guided his path into the exploration and practice of Celtic Paganism. He is the founder and Head of the Anglesey Druid Order and studies with the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.He has worked professionally as a Anatomical Pathology Technologist at public … [Read more...]

Druids: A Very Brief Introduction

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I’m a member of a Druid order. I read Druid books and I go to Druid gatherings. I wear a Druid robe and I introduce myself as a Druid. But just what is a Druid?In the past week I’ve had multiple questions on Druids and Druidry. That’s usually a sign it’s time for me to blog about the questions and my take on the answers. A full answer requires several books (which I’ll recommend at the end), but here’s a very brief introduction to Druidry as I understand it and as I practice it.The Ancien … [Read more...]

A Reasoned Defense of Paganism

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Even in its Big Tent form, Paganism is a distinctly minority religion.  And that’s OK – we’re mostly happy staying under the radar.  We have no divine mandate to convert the world to Paganism, and besides, we’re growing as fast as our infrastructure of groups and teachers can manage.Still, conversion is an issue with Pagans.  Most of us have converted from some other religion, and there is constant pressure from the more vocal religions (some subtle, some not) to abandon our chosen path.O … [Read more...]

Pan Druid Retreat

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As I went over my 2014 calendar back in December, I realized I would be traveling a lot in the first five months of this year.  I’ve been with my current employer for 17 years so I get more than the typical two weeks vacation, but I’ve already used up most of it, to say nothing of what I’ve done to my travel budget.  But when John and Elmdea Adams asked me to come to the Pan Druid Retreat and then asked me to be part of a panel discussion on ritual, I had to say yes.The theme was “Approa … [Read more...]

ADF Texas Imbolc Retreat

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I’ve led workshops and seminars at Pagan gatherings for several years: Pagan Pride Day, the OBOD East Coast Gathering, and even CMA Beltane, a large pan-Pagan festival here in Texas.  But those were all events I was going to anyway and volunteered to present something.  This year’s ADF Texas Imbolc Retreat was the first time I’ve been invited as a speaker.  That was both an honor and a responsibility.The first responsibility was showing up and late last week it looked like that might be a pro … [Read more...]

The Art of Wild Wisdom

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The Art of Wild Wisdom by John Beckett Pathways UU Church November 17, 2013 The Ancient Druids“The Druids may well have been the most prominent magico-religious specialists of some of the peoples of north-western Europe just over a couple of thousand years ago; and that is all we can say of them with reasonable certainty.”This is the opening line of Blood and Mistletoe: the History of the Druids in Britain by Ronald Hutton, Professor of History at the University of Bristol in E … [Read more...]

Religious Tech

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This Sunday I’ll be speaking at Pathways UU Church in Euless, Texas.  The service is titled “The Art of Wild Wisdom” – it’s a brief look at Druidry both ancient and modern, and a look at the love of Nature as a religious impulse.  For the Story for All Ages, I’ll be telling the story of the Reformed Druids of North America.Here’s a video of me telling this story at Denton UU earlier this year:This is a wonderful story and it illustrates a very important religious principle: what you d … [Read more...]

Do the Work and Trust the Process

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Initiations in OBOD are powerful ceremonies that transmit mystical knowledge and wisdom to the candidates, but they are not the primary transformative process of the order.  They are an introduction to a grade, not a culmination of that grade.At last weekend’s East Coast Gathering, we initiated 12 Bards into the Grove of the Ovates.  These new Ovates have a lot of work ahead of them and all the ones I talked with understood that.  If you’ve been around long enough to complete the Bardic grade … [Read more...]


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