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October 14, 2018
So You Want To Be A Pagan – A Guide For Pagan Newcomers
What do newcomers need to know about Paganism when they’re just starting out? That’s an...
October 11, 2018
Devotional Art for Manannán mac Lir
This is the story of a new devotional painting of Manannán mac Lir by Pagan...
October 09, 2018
Gods Behaving Badly? Myth, Virtue, and the Limitations of Modern Thinking
Myths are more than fictional stories and they aren’t intended to be read literally. Oftentimes...
October 04, 2018
6 Ways to Talk to the Gods (and How to Listen for an Answer)
Religion is ultimately about relationships: with our families and communities, with the natural world, with...
October 02, 2018
A Conclave of Cats: Debating the Nature of the Gods
Imagine, if you will, a conclave of cats gathered to discuss and debate the true...
September 27, 2018
Doubts, Fears, and TV Preachers – Dealing With the Urge to Turn Back
There is no shame in fear and doubt – they’re part of being imperfect humans...
September 23, 2018
Animal Gods and Gods of the Animals
Xenophanes said that horses would worship Gods that look like horses. But some of our...
September 20, 2018
Sitting in a Bland Funeral Thinking About What We Should Do For Our Dead
We’ve all heard someone say “funerals are for the living.” No. This is sacrilege. This...
September 18, 2018
Why Would Anyone Take an Oath to a God?
Taking oaths is among the most serious and most personal of personal religious decisions you’ll...
September 13, 2018
Their Ways Are Not Our Ways: A Warning And A Call
I have a message for those who feel the call to mystical and ecstatic practice,...
September 06, 2018
Preparing For Pilgrimage
Travel is good in and of itself. Pilgrimage is sacred travel, for a sacred purpose....
September 04, 2018
Chaos Brings Challenges, Chaos Brings Opportunities
Will climate change and a Mad King drive us into a new Dark Age? I...
September 02, 2018
Many Gods in the Bible, Spiritual Warnings, Owning Knowledge, and More
How should Pagans view the references to many Gods in the Bible? What happens when...
August 23, 2018
Which Pagan Path Should I Follow?
What do you do when a “shaman” tells you that Pan is watching over your...
August 21, 2018
Finding Your Spiritual Path Later In Life
How can someone move past the feeling of being behind if they start their Pagan...
August 09, 2018
A World With Many Religions is Better Than a World With Only One
Even if there is One True Way, we have no way of knowing which one...
August 07, 2018
Conversations With A Persistent Proselytizer – The Importance of Foundational Assumptions
I’ve had a running conversation with a Christian who asks a lot of questions. Most...
August 05, 2018
A Letter To Those Trying To Convert Me
If you go about your religion (or lack thereof) and respect everyone else’s right to...
July 31, 2018
Do Gods Disappear When Their Worship Ceases?
What do you say to someone who argues that widespread conversion to Christianity means their...
July 26, 2018
Developing Second Sight Through First Sight
Author Terry Pratchett said First Sight is when you can see what's really there, not...
July 24, 2018
Good and Evil, Virtues and Values: One Polytheist’s Thoughts
Recently I got several questions dealing with the matter of good and evil. What is...
July 19, 2018
8 Things to do for Lughnasadh as a Solitary Pagan
Many traditional activities for Lughnasadh are designed for large groups, but many Pagans are solitary...
July 17, 2018
15 Random Thoughts From Mystic South
The second Mystic South conference was even better than the first, and not just because...
July 15, 2018
What It Means to be On the Side of the Gods
It is incredibly presumptive to assume the Gods are on our side. If we find...
July 12, 2018
Conversations Under the Oaks: July Q&A
Welcome to Conversations Under the Oaks, a monthly Q&A feature. This is your chance to...
July 05, 2018
Discernment: Distilling the Truth from our Pagan Experiences
Discernment is the ability to judge well. It keeps us from jumping to conclusions that...
July 03, 2018
Preparing For Pagan Priesthood
There is no universal answer to the question of how to prepare for Pagan priesthood...
July 01, 2018
Did You Think The Gods Were Lying?
The warnings began seven years ago: “a storm is coming – get ready.” Did you...
June 29, 2018
10 Years Under the Ancient Oaks
On June 29, 2008 a new blog entered the world – this one. My goal...
June 26, 2018
Top 10 Posts of All Time
Friday is the 10th anniversary of Under the Ancient Oaks. In celebration I want to...
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