Nine Things I Think

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Nine Things I Think is an irregular feature whenever I have a list of things I want to talk about that aren’t long enough for their own individual posts. There’s no theme, just nine things I want to bring to your attention. Feel free to expand on any of these topics in the comments section.1) Pagan Pride season is in full swing. Whether you call yourself Pagan, polytheist, reconstructionist, occultist, witch, or whatever term you prefer, I encourage you to participate in your local Pagan … [Read more...]

History is Inspirational Not Authoritative

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Pagan Britain by Ronald Hutton Published by Yale University Press, May 13, 2014 Hardcover: $36.71, Kindle: $27.49 496 pages For all the talk of “the Old Gods” “the Old Ways” and “the religions of our ancestors” modern Paganism is a collection of modern religions. While Druidry has legitimate claims to being 300 years old, OBOD just celebrated its 50th anniversary. ADF was founded in 1983. AODA, the Ancient Order of Druids in America, dates all the way back to 1912. Other Pagan tr … [Read more...]

Interview With Kristoffer Hughes

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Kristoffer Hughes is a native Welsh speaker, born to a Welsh family in the mountains of Snowdonia. He lives on the Island of Anglesey, Wales, the ancestral seat of the British Druids. His love of Celtic literature and traditions guided his path into the exploration and practice of Celtic Paganism. He is the founder and Head of the Anglesey Druid Order and studies with the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids.He has worked professionally as a Anatomical Pathology Technologist at public … [Read more...]

The Commodification of Humanity

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Rhyd Wildermuth had a thought-provoking essay on Saturday’s Wild Hunt titled “Alchemical Capitalism.” It explores the issue of usury and the dark magic within capitalism.Rhyd writes from the perspective of an anarchist and a Marxist. I know virtually nothing about Marx beyond a few famous quotes and the fact that the large-scale efforts to implement his theories were disastrous failures (which does not necessarily mean those theories were wrong – doesn’t mean they were right, either). I do, h … [Read more...]

Welcome Polytheist.com!

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Earlier this week the new website Polytheist.com launched with columns by ten prominent Polytheists. The project is led by the Anomalous Thracian, who is fond of saying “it’s a damn fine time to be a Polytheist.”And it is. Polytheism was the default religious worldview from the time our most ancient ancestors became human until a very short time ago, on an evolutionary scale. It never really disappeared, even in the regions that have been officially – and at times, forcefully – committed to m … [Read more...]

CUUPS Revisioning Survey

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The Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans is beginning an intensive process of revisioning and we need your help.Our goal is to produce a mission and vision statement that will set the high-level direction for CUUPS and for building a shared sense of identity and purpose. We want to include all our stakeholders: CUUPS members, UU-friendly Pagans, and Pagan-friendly UUs – if you have an opinion on what CUUPS is and what it should be, we want to hear from you.The first survey is open n … [Read more...]

The Reality of the Gods

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Last week I had an e-mail with a question that was both very simple and incredibly complex: “Are the Gods real? I want to believe!”How can I answer that question with integrity?How can I answer that question in a way that honors the Gods and Goddesses who have made Themselves known to me? How can I answer it in a way that honors science and the scientific method? How can I answer it in a way that honors the sovereignty of the questioner? How can I answer it in a way that honors the mys … [Read more...]

Druids: A Very Brief Introduction

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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...]


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