You’re Doing It Wrong!

the lower level of the Roman Coliseum

The last post Am I Doing It Right? was about how to deal with healthy doubts surrounding your beliefs and practices.   But I also listed a few examples of how you might be doing it wrong: if your religion tells you the world would be fine if other people would quit screwing it up, you’re doing it wrong.  If it tells you society is great just like it is, you’re doing it wrong.  If it tells you it’s all about you, you’re doing it wrong. In the comments, Yvonne Aburrow said this needed more unpack … [Read more...]

Pagan Unity

but this (image from the Robin Wood Tarot)

I hadn’t intended to write on Pagan unity – or the lack thereof – any time soon.  But I’ve seen a lot of chatter on the topic in the past week – it seems like the time to chime in.I’m not going to link to a bunch of people on this, mainly because I don’t want to take the time to look up quotes.  Suffice it to say the complaints fall into two main categories.1) Someone attempts to define Paganism and someone else complains “your definition excludes me.”2) Someone assumes a definiti … [Read more...]

Dreams of a Druid College

Tatev Monastery in Armenia.  Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Sometimes I dream of a Druid college.Part ancient monastery and part modern university, it would be a place where Druids, Witches, and other Pagans would come to learn from and with the best and brightest.  Most would come for a short time, studying advanced topics, deepening their practices and then returning to their communities to teach and serve.  Some would stay longer, researching and experimenting and documenting their findings to share with the college and the wider community.  Ot … [Read more...]

Religious Tech

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This Sunday I’ll be speaking at Pathways UU Church in Euless, Texas.  The service is titled “The Art of Wild Wisdom” – it’s a brief look at Druidry both ancient and modern, and a look at the love of Nature as a religious impulse.  For the Story for All Ages, I’ll be telling the story of the Reformed Druids of North America.Here’s a video of me telling this story at Denton UU earlier this year:This is a wonderful story and it illustrates a very important religious principle: what you d … [Read more...]

What Do We Offer?

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What can Pagans offer the world?  Not Paganism the religion(s) but all of us who call ourselves Pagans.  What can we offer individually?  What can we offer in our covens and groves and other groups?As an individual blogger this is an easy question.  I write what the Awen brings to me, I write what interests me, and I write what I’m doing.  If you like something I write, great – enjoy reading it.  Hopefully you’ll walk away better informed and maybe better inspired.  If you really like it, may … [Read more...]

East Coast Gathering 2013

good music and a good fire

I’m back from the OBOD East Coast Gathering after spending four days with about a hundred Druids and Druidish friends.  This was the fourth year for the ECG and my third year to attend.  They’ve all been slightly different – different guests, different workshops and rituals, different weather – but they’ve all had the same spirit of fellowship and bardic sharing, the same spirit of curiosity and inquiry, and of course, the same love of Nature experienced in a beautiful wooded camp.The big cha … [Read more...]

Philosophy and Institutions

Brendan Myers

Episode 120 of the long-running Wigglian Way Pagan Podcast is out and it features a lecture by Dr. Brendan Myers on the history of Pagan philosophy.  It’s a preview from his new book The Earth, The Gods and The Soul - A History of Pagan Philosophy: From the Iron Age to the 21st Century, currently scheduled to for release on November 7.  The podcast is well worth the almost 2-hour running time.  In addition to Brendan’s talk, there’s new music from Bekah Kelso, Sharon Knight, and Kelliann … [Read more...]

A Weekend in the Woods

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I spent the weekend in the woods with a dozen members and friends of Denton CUUPS. We shared food, drink, and cooking utensils. We saw birds and heard coyotes. We struggled to get a fire started on Friday night – we had rain through Thursday and the wood was still still damp. We saw the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn – thanks for bringing the awesome telescope, Russell and Debbie! It was a wonderful weekend that left me spiritually recharged and physically exhausted. There is som … [Read more...]