The Otherworld Needs to be Experienced, Not Escaped

If your belief system doesn’t include an Otherworld, I respect that. But kindly make your case for your preferred better version of this world and leave the sacred land of my Gods and ancestors alone. I couldn’t escape the Otherworld if I wanted to, and I don’t want to. Read more

Beware Teachers Who Only Have Students

Pagan teachers have an awesome responsibility, a responsibility that’s too great to be entrusted to any one person. There are two issues here: the need for continuing education and the need for accountability. Read more

Y Mabinogi – A Review

Listening to Damh the Bard’s new album Y Mabinogi is like opening your home to a traveling bard: for the price of some good hospitality, you’ll hear great stories well told… and more. Read more

Your Pagan Work Matters – Don’t Get Distracted

Your Pagan work will never be perfect, and you will always feel like you need one more thing to do it right. Stay with it. Your Pagan work matters – don’t get distracted. Read more

The Cauldron of the Dagda: Hospitality Technology

The Cauldron of the Dagda is hospitality technology from Iron Age Ireland. What technologies help us provide spiritual hospitality today? Read more

6 Critical Situations, 6 Helpful Books

Here are six critical situations on my Pagan journey and the books that were most helpful in getting me through them. And since my thinking has changed and there’ve been a lot of good books written since I began, I’m also listing what I’d recommend to someone in a similar situation today. Read more

“Growing Less Religious” and “Overcoming Intuition” – More Bad Assumptions

An academic study circulating around social media assumes that “growing less religious” and “overcoming intuition” are inherently good things. These are bad assumptions that conflate religion with belief and ignore significant differences between religions. Read more

Travel Is Good For the Soul – Including Travel Beyond the Veil

Travel is an educational and life-expanding activity and I highly recommend it. And, the same benefits we gain from mundane travel also come to us from otherworldly travel. Read more

Under the Ancient Oaks: Shrines

The fourth episode of Under the Ancient Oaks – the Video Series. ADF Archdruid Emeritus Kirk Thomas and I talk about shrines, and about the beautiful shrines Kirk has built at Trout Lake Abbey. Read more

Pagan Sacred Callings That Aren’t Priesthood

If you want to draw a clear line between priestly work and non-priestly work, focus on the relationship, not on the activity. Listen for what you’re being called to do. Then go do it to the best of your ability, whether it involves priesthood or not. Read more

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