In the realm of religion we frequently find ourselves in situations where integrity makes conflicting demands, where there is no clear and clean choice. Do we break a promise, or do we stay in a situation that is unsatisfying or even harmful? Read more

Here are the questions and answers for this month’s Conversations Under the Oaks, a new monthly Q&A feature. Topics include divination ethics, prayer, syncretism, and ritual. Read more

Early on the Gods seem happy we’re acknowledging Them and reaching out to Them. But as we learn and grow, more is expected of us. Errors and shortcomings are no longer glossed over – they’re pointed out so they can be corrected and we can get better at our sacred work. Read more

If someone insists you treat them like a celebrity, that’s their fault. If you do it, that’s on you. The person you’re putting on a pedestal is an ordinary human just like you. Read more

Last week Devin Hunter talked about Heaven and Hell in the sense of “the Overworld and the Underworld.” That me realize it’s not just Heaven and Hell I don’t believe in, it’s also the concept of an Upper World, Middle World, and Lower World. Read more

Meditation is most commonly associated with Buddhism, but it is practiced in every religion and occasionally by people with no religion. Its regular practice has demonstrable benefits, and it builds the skills necessary for many spiritual experiences. Read more

Under the Ancient Oaks, the video series. January and the season leading up to Imbolc is the perfect time to begin a contemplative practice. Read more

Praying for others is a good thing, but doing it ethically requires that we do it respectfully, mindfully, and humbly. Read more

Here’s a look into 2018. For me, divination is less prediction and more like turning on your headlights when you’re driving at night: it shows you where you’re going. Don’t like what you see? Hit the brakes and take that left turn at Albuquerque. Read more

Thank you for all your support this year. Here are the Top 10 posts of 2017 on Under the Ancient Oaks. Read more

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