There’s been a lot of garbage written about fear over the years. People claim fear is only an illusion and they attempt to shame others who are afraid. Sometimes fear is rational. Other times it’s not. Most times it’s a little of both, and that makes it really complicated. Read more

There is no question Michael Harner was highly influential in the Pagan community and beyond. Many people benefitted from his work. But he ignored the importance of cultural context. He set the table for a seven course dinner and then served only soup and salad. Read more

When I was seven years old I didn’t have enough friends. Or really, any friends. I still don’t have enough friends. Certainly not enough to throw them away over disagreements, misunderstandings, and differing priorities. But even I have limits and boundaries. Read more

There’s a secondary point in this story: about the power of symbols and how we use them, a point that’s relevant in our wider society and especially relevant in our magic. The power of symbols is great. Make sure your knowledge and wisdom are equally great. Read more

Let’s accept people for who and what they are, even if they’re weird – and even if they’re not. Read more

If there’s one primary theme running through almost 10 years of blogging at Under the Ancient Oaks, it’s this: religion is best approached through facts and reason, but reason alone will never build a deep and meaningful religion. Read more

Under the Ancient Oaks, the video series. This month’s episode features a short interview and music from singer and songwriter Melanie Gruben’s new album “A Fairy Song”. Read more

As much as most of us would like to forget about last year’s mass exodus from Patheos Pagan, I think it’s worth reviewing the issues and seeing how things actually played out. Read more

If the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, the road to Fairy is paved with naïve assumptions. Morgan Daimler’s new book tells you what you need to know to overcome Victorian misinformation and encounter the Fair Folk effectively and respectfully. Read more

A scan through my private journals turned up a list of things I really wish I’d known in my early Pagan years. So, on the chance that you might be in the same situation, here are nine things I wish I’d known as a new Pagan. Read more

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