My Defining Moment

My defining moment came when I heard voices. They weren’t audible, but they couldn’t have been louder if Danu herself had screamed at me from across the table: “GET SERIOUS OR MOVE ON!” Read more

Ronald Hutton and the Paradox of Witchcraft

Ronald Hutton said “we are the only society that both believes in witchcraft and doesn’t believe in it, and I’d like to keep it that way.” He’s right and I’m thankful for it. Read more

Sacred Lands and Spiritual Landscapes

For me, the key theme of the Sacred Lands and Spiritual Landscapes Symposium was shifting our relationship with the land from one that acts as though humans are the pinnacle of the Universe to one that sees us as part of the Universe. Read more

Magic: Don’t Believe, Do

The primacy of belief is a modern, Western, Protestant concept. As Pagans, our emphasis is on action. The secret to magic isn’t believing, it’s doing. Read more

A Weekend in the Woods

I truly believe we can connect to Nature no matter where we are. More than that, I believe we must. But every so often, I need to spend a weekend in the woods. Read more

Football, Crossroads and Druids

I don’t want to be on my deathbed and realize I was the Druid equivalent of a quarterback with a questionable work ethic. Read more

Pagan Groups: Why Not?

When I blogged about the need for Pagans to work in groups, I got a lot of feedback that was skeptical and some that was outright negative. The complaints fell into five general categories and I’d like to address them. Read more

Why I Am a Pagan

Patheos has a new series called “Why I Am A…” which challenges writers to explain their religious choice in 200 words or less. Here’s my entry. Read more

The Pagan Bubble

Religious “bubbles” have existed ever since religion became an organized thing and they persist for good reasons. Our Pagan bubble gives us safety and encouragement to explore our beliefs and practices in greater depth than the mainstream society will allow. It’s a good thing, so long as we don’t get stuck there. Read more

A Pagan Looks at Easter

Christianity is deeply embedded in our culture. Even if we are happily committed to Paganism and to the old goddesses and gods, at some point we will be asked what we believe about Jesus. These are my thoughts as a Pagan, a Druid, and a Unitarian Universalist. Read more