You’re Doing It Wrong!

the lower level of the Roman Coliseum

The last post Am I Doing It Right? was about how to deal with healthy doubts surrounding your beliefs and practices.   But I also listed a few examples of how you might be doing it wrong: if your religion tells you the world would be fine if other people would quit screwing it up, you’re doing it wrong.  If it tells you society is great just like it is, you’re doing it wrong.  If it tells you it’s all about you, you’re doing it wrong. In the comments, Yvonne Aburrow said this … [Read more...]

Am I Doing It Right?

08 09 Well of Tara

I’ve got at least one more travel-related post to write, plus a review of a book I read on the trip.  But I need to pause for a moment and discuss a question that’s come up several times from several sources over the past few weeks. Am I doing Paganism right?  Am I doing polytheism right?  More precisely, how can I be sure I’m doing it right? This isn’t a common Pagan question.  Pagans tend to assume whatever they’re doing is right – “do as thou wilt is the whole of the … [Read more...]

Anglesey

Bryn Celli Ddu

From the beginning, this was supposed to be “the Ireland trip.”  Seven of our twelve days were spent there, and while there were a few things we wanted to see in England and Wales, we were there as much for logistical reasons as anything else – the only place in Britain or Ireland you can fly direct from DFW is London Heathrow.  Cynthia’s primary reason for routing us through Wales was to take the ferry from Holyhead to Dublin, although she knew that as a Druid I’d want to spend some … [Read more...]

Newgrange

the entrance kerbstone

Our original plans called for us to visit Newgrange on the Spring Equinox.  While Newgrange is famously aligned to sunrise on the Winter Solstice, nearby Knowth (which is aligned to the Equinoxes – maybe) doesn’t open to the public till April, and just being in the Brú Na Bóinne area seemed special enough.  Unfortunately, mechanical problems with a rental car forced us to change our plans, and we ended up visiting Newgrange on a bus tour as the last major stop of our trip. That was a … [Read more...]

A Journey To The Isles

the Cliffs of Mohor

As I mentioned in the posts I scheduled while I was gone, I spent 12 days on a combination vacation / pilgrimage to England, Wales and Ireland.  I really need another day to recover from the travel and catch up from being away from home for two weeks, but it’s time to get back into the regular flow of things. While this is a religious blog, and while I intend to write several posts related to the religious and spiritual aspects of this trip, I’m going to start with a description of the … [Read more...]

Top 11 Search Terms on Under the Ancient Oaks

06 04 Parthenon

I’m out of the country on a 12-day trip that’s part vacation and part pilgrimage.  Yes, you’ll hear all about it when I get back.  Until then, take a look at the top 11 keywords people use to find Under the Ancient Oaks on search engines.  The vast majority of you come to Under the Ancient Oaks in one of two ways.  Either you’ve got me bookmarked and you come here directly, or you come here from a link on Facebook. But some people find me through Google or Yahoo or one of the … [Read more...]

The Temple of Artemis

10 48 Temple of Artemis

I’m out of the country on a 12-day trip that’s part vacation and part pilgrimage.  Yes, you’ll hear all about it when I get back.  Until then, enjoy this report and pictures from my visit to the Temple of Artemis in 2012. The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Today all that’s left is one column and a few low stones; the result of fires, earthquakes, plundering and the centuries of neglect that accompanied the shift from Classical … [Read more...]

Top 10 Posts on Under the Ancient Oaks

me with OBOD Chosen Chief Philip Carr-Gomm at the 2012 East Coast Gathering

I’m out of the country on a 12-day trip that’s part vacation and part pilgrimage.  Yes, you’ll hear all about it when I get back.  Until then, take a look at the top 10 posts since I moved to Patheos. When I moved here from Blogger in January 2013 I lost all my statistics.  So this list is based on traffic after I moved to Patheos – about the last 14 months.  But as you’ll see, some of the most popular posts were from the Blogger era. 10) Race and Religion in the Modern Pagan … [Read more...]


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