Will You Be My Teacher? Essential Questions For Beginners

There are some questions any new Pagan student needs to ask themselves, particularly if they’re asking for a one-on-one teacher. [Read more…]

What Happens When You Leave A Magical Portal Open?

Leaving a gate or portal open is a bad thing. Mainly, it’s a sloppy thing. We shouldn’t do it, and when we do bad things can happen. But not on the scale of badness that we’re experiencing right now – not by a long shot. [Read more…]

Do the Gods Test People?

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that “God” or “Goddess” or “the Universe” is testing me. Interestingly, I’ve never had someone who’s going through a hard time smile and say “it’s OK – it’s just a test from the Gods.” [Read more…]

ADF Texas Imbolc Retreat – Gathering Under a Common Banner

ADF is what it is and does what it does without excuse or apology, and it also welcomes all people of good will to gather around its fire. This past weekend’s Texas Imbolc Retreat embraced and embodied the virtue of hospitality. [Read more…]

How Should Pagan Clergy Dress?

We who serve as Pagan clergy have an obligation to our Gods and to our traditions to present ourselves as serious, competent, and thoughtful. This require study and practice, but it also requires paying attention to how we dress. [Read more…]

Cursing, Binding, and Punching Nazis – The Ethics of Violence

Violence is expensive, messy, and always brings collateral damage. But violence is also effective – it’s one of the most direct ways to get what you want, particularly if you’re more powerful than the guy on the other side. When – if ever – is violence ethically permissible? [Read more…]

Five Non-Pagan Books For Pagans

Pagans are the people of many books, and much of what a beyond-beginner needs to read isn’t found in the Pagan section of the bookstore. These are five books that have been helpful to me as a Pagan even though they aren’t Pagan books. [Read more…]

Tales of Albion – A Movie Review

Tales of Albion is a collection of eight stories of ancient Britain and Ireland, organized around the Wheel of the Year. It was made by the same group who made the excellent film The Spirit of Albion in 2012. How well does it compare? [Read more…]

Why I’m Staying at Patheos Pagan

Patheos hosts my blog, promotes my work, and pays me a token amount, which is more than most blogging sites. No one has ever tried to censor my work – if they do, I’ll move. But I’m not going to leave a good situation over what might happen. [Read more…]

Praying While You’re Fighting

Life is challenging, especially for those of us who are awake. There are this-world concerns that require our urgent attention. But our spiritual practices, devotions, and holy day celebrations are a connection to our Source – they need our attention too. [Read more…]