The Wakeful World

A review of Emma Restall Orr’s The Wakeful World: Animism, Mind and the Self in Nature. It’s a very readable exposition of the philosophy of animism, grounded in both reason and in our experience of Nature. Read more

Magical Literacy

Ivo Dominguez Jr. says an increasing percentage of the Pagan community is “magickally illiterate and innumerate.” I think he’s right. Remedying that situation starts with understanding what magic is, what it isn’t, and how it works. Read more

The Moonlady Retires

Amy Martin, the Moonlady, is retiring at the Winter Solstice. I’ll miss Moonlady News, but I’m thankful for all the things I’ve learned and all the people I’ve met because of it, and because of her. I wish Amy a pleasant retirement – she’s earned it. Read more

Nine Things I Think

Nine Things I Think: Dracula, American Horror Story: Coven, the agony of defeat, Teo Bishop and his return to Christianity, Thanksgiving memories and more. Read more

Gratitude Is Not Enough

Gratitude is important and necessary and helpful. A big part of my daily spiritual practice is giving thanks. But gratitude alone is not enough. Read more

Sharon Knight Interview

Under the Ancient Oaks is thrilled to present an interview with singer and songwriter Sharon Knight. Sharon talks about magic, the gods, mermaids, pirates, initiations, life on the road, and of course, music! Read more

Religion and Politics – A Pagan Perspective

The Patheos Public Square asks if it’s time for religious leaders to pull back from political engagement. I say a responsible citizen is an engaged citizen, and I know that decisions are made by those who show up. But if we expect to change the world through political activism, we will be continually disappointed. Read more

The Art of Wild Wisdom

Druidry is the art of wild wisdom. It’s the spirituality Nature teaches us, if only we’ll slow down, go outside, and listen. Read more

Religious Tech

The Reformed Druids of North America never intended to found an order. But they used some good religious tech, and this year they celebrated their 50th anniversary. Religious tech works – use the best. Read more

Putting Mystery in Your Rituals

Different people come to Paganism for different reasons, but one of the most common is a yearning for mystery. The mainstream world has been exorcised of magic; it’s been measured and deconstructed and explained until there’s nothing left. As Pagans, let’s re-enchant the world. Let’s put the mystery back in our rituals. Read more

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