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June 12, 2018
Conversations Under the Oaks: June Q&A
Welcome to Conversations Under the Oaks, a monthly Q&A feature. This is your chance to...
March 15, 2018
How I Know My Paganism Is Real: 8 Key Events
These are the key events on my Pagan journey that caused me to change my...
January 28, 2018
9 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Was A New Pagan
A scan through my private journals turned up a list of things I really wish...
January 23, 2018
What I Can Do For You as a Priest, and What I Can’t
Perhaps your Pagan tradition doesn’t need priests. Most do, including mine. But being a priest...
August 30, 2017
Initiation: Mad, Dead, or a Poet
An initiation doesn’t have to be brutal and bloody to be effective. But if there...
December 08, 2016
When You Fail An Ordeal
There is no shame in failure. There is plenty of shame in repeated, obstinate failure....
September 20, 2015
Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven But Nobody Wants To Die
I see lots of people who want to be witches and Druids and priests and...
September 17, 2015
The Goals of Pagan Groups
The structure of a polytheist priesthood is going to look very different from the structure...
May 22, 2015
The Authority to Initiate
Without the lineage and heritage of a recognized group, is an initiation valid? There are...
May 21, 2015
Previously I’ve written about how to plan and compose initiation rituals. This is how we...
May 20, 2015
Composing Initiation Rituals
A member of your Pagan group has asked you for an initiation. You’re not part...
May 19, 2015
Planning Initiation Rituals
What do you do if someone asks you for an initiation? My first questions are...
May 18, 2015
Initiation in Today’s Pagan World
It is possible to live a deeply spiritual life and to serve the Gods, humanity...
November 09, 2014
Ordeals of Initiation
An ordeal isn’t just a hard and stressful experience, even if it teaches you something...
September 29, 2013
Do the Work and Trust the Process
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