Summer Solstice – A Solitary Ritual

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What are you doing for the Summer Solstice? Here’s a solitary ritual that celebrates the Solstice and honors the land spirits, the ancestors, and of course, the Sun. It’s simple and powerful, but there’s one catch: you have to get up really early. [Read more...]

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OBOD Gulf Coast Gathering

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Last weekend was the inaugural OBOD Gulf Coast Gathering at Fontainebleau State Park on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana. About 40 Bards, Ovates, Druids, and guests participated in the camp, which carried the theme “making Druidry your own.” [Read more...]

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Ostara – A Solitary Ritual

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Many Pagans maintain solitary practices. Even if you work with a group, sometimes you can’t be with them for one reason or another. Here’s an Ostara ritual for celebrating Spring and new beginnings, suitable for a solitary setting. [Read more...]

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Hospitality For Humans

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Nobody thinks our guests are unimportant and nobody means to be inhospitable, but that’s what countless visitors to Pagan gatherings experience eight times every year. If we take our Pagan virtues seriously, we will be hospitable because it’s the right thing to do. [Read more...]

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The Need For Private Rituals

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When you’re constantly facilitating religious experiences for others it’s hard to have a real religious experience yourself. That’s a necessary sacrifice and I make it freely and gladly. But it doesn’t fill the need for our own religious experiences. [Read more...]

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Who Are Our Ancestors?

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When we honor our ancestors we realize we are the beneficiaries of their lives and their work. Because of them, we are here. Because of us, future generations will be here. Will they look back on us as mighty ancestors who left them a healthy world and a thriving culture? Or will they look back on us as we look back on ancestors who owned slaves and slaughtered the buffalo? How do you want to be remembered? [Read more...]

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Winter Solstice – A Solitary Ritual

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Many Pagans maintain solitary practices. Even if you work with a group, sometimes you can’t be with them for one reason or another. Here’s a ritual that will help you experience the mystery and wonder of the Winter Solstice in a solitary setting. [Read more...]

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Counting on a Miracle

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Recognizing a miracle is a beautiful thing. Counting on a miracle is a recipe for failure. [Read more...]

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