The Four Hallows of the Tuatha De Danann

Beltane 2014 05b

When I first started leading public rituals, I grabbed every circle I could get my hands on.  I enjoyed composing and presenting ritual, I learned a lot preparing for them, and I got good feedback on them.  After a while, though, I realized there were other people who wanted – and in some cases, needed – to lead circles.  And my plate got so full with life I welcomed large stretches of following someone else’s scripts, or in some cases, simply showing up and participating.  These days, … [Read more...]

Dreams of Beltane

Beltane 2013 10

Spring was never my favorite season, not while I was growing up, anyway. Yes, Spring meant the end of coats and the beginning of baseball, but it also meant the return of grass cutting and farm work.  And it meant the return of allergy season. Three Winters living in northern Indiana (the last one had 78 inches of snow) gave me an appreciation of Spring, but my love of Spring began when I became a Pagan. I knew about May Day, and I seem to recall a Maypole dance in first or second grade, … [Read more...]

Comments, Texas Pagan Events, and a Video


I have a variety of short announcements to make, so I’m going to combine them into one post. Disqus Comments Patheos is transitioning all its blogs to the Disqus commenting software and Under the Ancient Oaks was transitioned this weekend. According to the Patheos Tech Wizards “the import fully completed except for nine interim comments made during the last few days, and it appears that all historical comments and new comments will now be available in Disqus. We have also imported the … [Read more...]