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…]

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…]

Who Is My Co-Religionist?

We can have our own beliefs and refine them in conversation with others. We can practice parts of our religion with some people and other parts with other people. We can gather with anyone and everyone who shares our values, whether they express those values in the same way or not. [Read more…]

Druids, Polytheism, and Impermanence

What do an OBOD camp and the Buddhist principle of impermanence have to do with conflict in the Polytheist Movement? In my case, quite a lot. [Read more…]

My Religion is a Religion of Relationships

As anyone who has ever been in any kind of a romantic partnership will attest, relationships require work. Fail to do that work and the relationship will crumble. The same is true of our religious relationships. [Read more…]

Step Functions and Loads of Bricks

There’s a place for sequential, ordered learning and advancement. But life rarely works that way outside of structured institutions. We do the work day after day, year after year, and nothing happens. Then one day it hits us like the proverbial ton of bricks. [Read more…]

Proudly Re-Paganing America

On the same day the Patheos editors put my post “Are We Bringing Sin Into Paganism?” on the front page, they also featured a post titled “The Re-Paganing of America and God’s Eternal Word.” It was much better than I expected, but its foundational assumptions are very wrong. [Read more…]

The Magic of Wild Places

My Paganism, my Druidry, and even my polytheism have roots in the wild. There is magic in wild places. [Read more…]