This is the first guest post in almost 10 years of Under the Ancient Oaks. Please give a warm welcome to Morgan Milburn as she shares her story of her pilgrimage to Kildare. Read more

Subtle magic can be powerful magic. It takes root and grows, often below the surface where it can’t be seen. And then one day it bursts into the open and something that seemed trivial at the time becomes critically important. Read more

The deepest questions we’ve had so far for the Q&A: duotheism, triple goddesses, and the three worlds, the Shining Ones, the hierarchy of the Gods, and what to do when you have to uproot a seedling. Read more

Damh the Bard said that following an established religion is ordering off the menu and developing your own spirituality is cooking for yourself. I like that metaphor. But too many people walk into the Kitchen of the Gods and walk out with a baloney sandwich, because it’s all they know how to make. Read more

27 years of modern Druid processions have worn a path into the ancient grounds of Bryn Celli Ddu. Is this a bad thing? Or is it the good and proper result of the interaction of a living place with the people who love her? Read more

Rathcroghan is one of the ancient royal sites of Ireland. Its large mound – Rath Cruachan – is the home of the legendary Queen Medb, and the Cave of the Cats – Oweynagat – is the home of the Morrigan. I had high expectations for our visit, and I was not disappointed. Read more

The majority of Pagans are political liberals of one flavor or another who believe we have a moral obligation to use our common resources to support the common good. Now is the time to put our money where our mouth is, and make sure The Wild Hunt doesn’t disappear. Read more

Under the Ancient Oaks, the video series. This month’s guest is ADF Archdruid Jean Pagano, who talks about Indo-European ritual and the central importance of fire in ritual. Read more

Lough Gur is a lake south of Limerick with numerous sites of interest to Pagans and other folks. We visited on a day with the heaviest rain and winds in 15 years. I stood in a stone circle in a driving rain, and I was asked for a commitment. Read more

The Hill of Tara is the seat of the ancient high kings of Ireland. It is the home of the Lia Fáil and the Mound of the Hostages. And Tara is also home to dozens – perhaps hundreds – of ravens. When we were there two weeks ago they were busy, and they were loud. Read more

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