Organic Religion

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Even if religion completely disappeared, it would quickly return because people have religious experiences all the time. This is organic religion, a religion not of doctrine but of experience, not of rules but of relationships, not of the intellect but of the soul. [Read more...]

Ordeals of Initiation

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An ordeal isn’t just a hard and stressful experience, even if it teaches you something valuable. An ordeal is something that’s hard and stressful for the purpose of testing and transformation. [Read more...]

Holy Work and Two Lies of Religion

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When we decide to follow a religious path or to undertake a religious quest, we are signing up to do holy work, not to receive holy bliss. [Read more...]

Druids: A Very Brief Introduction

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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...]

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...]

Five Ritualists at Dinner

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If you want to advance the state of the art of modern Paganism, resist the lure of Hogwarts and instead invite five ritualists over for dinner. [Read more...]

Magical Literacy

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Ivo Dominguez Jr. says an increasing percentage of the Pagan community is “magickally illiterate and innumerate.” I think he’s right. Remedying that situation starts with understanding what magic is, what it isn’t, and how it works. [Read more...]

Samhain Divination

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For Samhain this year, I did divination for the overall Pagan community. Where are we on our journey, what are the challenges we face, how can we best address them, and what is the likely outcome if we continue on our current path? [Read more...]


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