Spiritual Buffets and the Value of Traditions

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The many traditions of religion and spirituality are like a huge buffet offering an appetizing but bewildering assortment of choices. And like a buffet, picking spiritual practices at random can lead to an unhealthy diet. [Read more...]

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Alliances With the Spirit World

ADF Imbolc 2015 31b

Like our human alliances, our alliances with the spirit world are best when they’re built on a firm foundation of honesty and reciprocity. They require constant attention. They’re a lot of work. They can be a lot of bother.
They can also be extremely rewarding. [Read more...]

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In Praise of Communities of Convenience

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The modern Western cult of the individual makes building homogeneous communities difficult. But humans are social animals – we need each other so much it’s worth forming and supporting imperfect, heterogeneous communities of convenience. [Read more...]

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ADF Texas Imbolc Retreat

Sean Harbaugh titled this photo "Druids Doing Druid Stuff"

I had another great time at the ADF Texas Imbolc Retreat. Thanks again to Chris Godwin, Amanda Godwin, and all the folks of Hearthstone Grove for their hospitality and their good work in planning and presenting this retreat. [Read more...]

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Druids: A Very Brief Introduction

Awen Flag at ECG 2013

Who were the ancient Druids? What’s a modern Druid? A full answer requires several books – here’s a very brief introduction to Druidry as I understand it and as I practice it. [Read more...]

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Lessons From a First Ritual

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I wasn’t ready to lead a public ritual when I was asked to do it for the first time. Desire, reason, and the wisdom of my 9th grade history teacher helped me do it well. [Read more...]

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Pan Druid Retreat

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I went to the Pan Druid Retreat with very few expectations. What I found was a Druid college and a deep connection to the spirits of a very beautiful place. [Read more...]

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ADF Texas Imbolc Retreat

labyrinth at U Bar U

I had an great time at the ADF Texas Imbolc Retreat. I thank Chris Godwin and the folks at Hearthstone Grove for their gracious hospitality and for the opportunity to share my thoughts on Druidry. [Read more...]

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