Recently I got several questions dealing with the matter of good and evil. What is good? What is evil? How can we know? I have no special expertise in this matter and I certainly carry no authority in the field of philosophy. But I think about these things, and thinking in public is good. Read more

What is it that makes Paganism Pagan? The answer lies in all the complicated – and at times, conflicting – usages of this problematic word throughout the centuries. Read more

Many traditional activities for Lughnasadh are designed for large groups, but many Pagans are solitary practitioners, either by choice or by necessity. Here are eight things you can do to celebrate Lughnasadh as a solitary. Read more

The second Mystic South conference was even better than the first, and not just because the hotel air conditioning stayed on the whole time. Here are my thoughts and observations from a wonderful weekend. Read more

It is incredibly presumptive to assume the Gods are on our side. If we find ourselves working and fighting together, it is because we are on Their side. What does it mean to be on the side of the Gods? Read more

Welcome to Conversations Under the Oaks, a monthly Q&A feature. This is your chance to ask me anything. This month we talk about journeying, dreams, panentheism, the acceptance of transgender people in Paganism (and the lack thereof), Modern Monetary Theory, and more. Read more

Some of the fictional witches and wizards we love don’t exactly have our sense of ethics. We love their style, their confidence, and their power, even though we wouldn’t do what they do even if we could… probably… maybe… And some of them are just plain evil, but we love them anyway. It’s complicated – don’t judge. Read more

No bully ever stopped bullying because his victim was polite. When Trump’s victims and would-be victims fight back, they need your support, not your demands to be nice. Read more

Discernment is the ability to judge well. It keeps us from jumping to conclusions that are simple, pleasant, and wrong. It also keeps us from putting our experiences under glass and ignoring calls and messages that are important even if they’re also difficult and scary. Read more

There is no universal answer to the question of how to prepare for Pagan priesthood – or if you should prepare. Perhaps your calling is to priesthood. But perhaps it’s to do or be something else. Discernment is required. Read more

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