What if our Paganism isn’t simply a random choice or the product of our environment, but an orientation – an integral part of who and what we are? Read more

All some people seem to want is a vague and trite spirituality that makes them feel good and tells them everything’s going to be OK whether it really is or not. But if you want a deep spiritual practice that will help you handle life’s challenges, build deep and meaningful relationships, and change yourself and the world, you’re going to need religion. Read more

Good religion is joyous religion, and Paganism should always be a religion of wonder and joy. But as we move toward the Spring Equinox we would do well to remember the obligations of our seasonal celebrations. May we fulfill them with honor and integrity. Read more

Recently someone contacted me privately and asked for my thoughts on suicide. Trite responses do more harm than good, and besides, I’m a Druid and not a psychologist. This is my story. If it resonates with you, great – that’s why I wrote it. If not, keep looking until you find what does. Read more

Under the Ancient Oaks, the video series. This month I’m joined by ADF Druid Lauren Mart, who talks about the importance of prayer as a spiritual practice, and the value of regular, scripted, liturgical prayers. Read more

Many different people come into Paganism for many different reasons. That doesn’t mean all of them are good reasons. Some people come into Paganism for bad reasons. In doing so, they set themselves up for disappointment, and they distract our movement from its higher goals. Read more

“What does the Morrigan want with me? I’m not a warrior.” Read more

Here are the questions and answers for this month’s Conversations Under the Oaks, a new monthly Q&A feature. Topics include personal gnosis, science and religion, priesthood, and the place of politics in ancient Pagan religions. Read more

I admire Billy Graham’s dedication and devotion. But I cannot minimize the problems of what he was dedicated and devoted to. His sermons sent people into a hell of fear over the fear of hell. And he refused to engage the most important questions of his religion. Read more

Ronald Hutton said “we are the only society that both believes in witchcraft and doesn’t believe in it, and I’d like to keep it that way.” Is it inevitable that a common belief in magic would result in the prosecution of certain magic users? It’s possible, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Read more

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