Let’s accept people for who and what they are, even if they’re weird – and even if they’re not. Read more

If there’s one primary theme running through almost 10 years of blogging at Under the Ancient Oaks, it’s this: religion is best approached through facts and reason, but reason alone will never build a deep and meaningful religion. Read more

Under the Ancient Oaks, the video series. This month’s episode features a short interview and music from singer and songwriter Melanie Gruben’s new album “A Fairy Song”. Read more

As much as most of us would like to forget about last year’s mass exodus from Patheos Pagan, I think it’s worth reviewing the issues and seeing how things actually played out. Read more

If the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, the road to Fairy is paved with naïve assumptions. Morgan Daimler’s new book tells you what you need to know to overcome Victorian misinformation and encounter the Fair Folk effectively and respectfully. Read more

A scan through my private journals turned up a list of things I really wish I’d known in my early Pagan years. So, on the chance that you might be in the same situation, here are nine things I wish I’d known as a new Pagan. Read more

Bowdlerizing ancient stories and statues is just as wrong as trying to turn a Battle Goddess into a pinup queen. But sexy Morrigan pictures and statues are mostly inauthentic and they’re a distraction from my work for the Great Queen. Read more

Perhaps your Pagan tradition doesn’t need priests. Most do, including mine. But being a priest doesn’t mean I have all the authority, and it certainly doesn’t mean I have all the answers. As a priest there are some things I can do, and some things I can’t. Read more

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

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