Druids: A Very Brief Introduction

Awen Flag at ECG 2013

I’m a member of a Druid order. I read Druid books and I go to Druid gatherings. I wear a Druid robe and I introduce myself as a Druid. But just what is a Druid?In the past week I’ve had multiple questions on Druids and Druidry. That’s usually a sign it’s time for me to blog about the questions and my take on the answers. A full answer requires several books (which I’ll recommend at the end), but here’s a very brief introduction to Druidry as I understand it and as I practice it.The Ancien … [Read more...]

Lessons From a First Ritual

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Every so often I get an e-mail that says “I’ve been asked to lead the next ritual for my CUUPS group (or coven or grove or other group).  Where do I start???”I usually refer people to this post on A Pagan Ritual Outline and this post on Common Ritual Errors and How to Avoid Them.  But as I mentioned last week, I think it may be helpful to talk about what happened the first time I led a public ritual.After almost ten years of solitary practice, I went to my first Pagan circle at Denton CUU … [Read more...]

Five Ritualists at Dinner

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From the comments on my last post, both here and (appropriately enough) on social media, I’m far from the only one who has dreams of a Druid college.  This isn’t surprising – formal education is prominent in our lives.  From the time we’re old enough to leave our mothers for a few hours we’re in school:  kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school.  Many of us go on to college or university and some of us go back again, and again.  We’re told that education is the key to a good li … [Read more...]

Magical Literacy

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The always insightful Ivo Dominguez Jr. has an essay on PaganSquare titled Paging Thoth & Athena, where he discusses what he calls the lack of magical literacy and numeracy.  Ivo says: there is an increasing percentage of the Pagan community that is magickally illiterate and innumerate.  I’m not saying that people are less serious, less devoted, or less committed to their path. Nor am I saying that the level of discourse has dropped, in fact in many ways it is much more sophisticated in exp … [Read more...]

Samhain Divination

Pagan Community Reading 10.31.13

After the stream of trick or treaters has stopped and the fun of Halloween is over, my thoughts turn to Samhain.  Though my prayers will be adjusted for the holy day, our group celebration was last Saturday so I don’t feel the need for formal ritual tonight.  As I do almost every year, I break out my Tarot cards and do a reading for the coming year.I usually start by reviewing the previous year’s reading:  what did I get right, what did I misinterpret, and what did I flat-out miss?  Divinat … [Read more...]

The Reformed Druids of North America

The Reformed Druids of North America is a wonderful story of Druidry, of ingenuity, of the call of our ancestors and of Nature.  It is a story that is both true and historical.  Here's a video of me telling this story at the Denton UU Fellowship last month. … [Read more...]


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