Top 10 Posts on Under the Ancient Oaks

me with OBOD Chosen Chief Philip Carr-Gomm at the 2012 East Coast Gathering

I’m out of the country on a 12-day trip that’s part vacation and part pilgrimage.  Yes, you’ll hear all about it when I get back.  Until then, take a look at the top 10 posts since I moved to Patheos. When I moved here from Blogger in January 2013 I lost all my statistics.  So this list is based on traffic after I moved to Patheos – about the last 14 months.  But as you’ll see, some of the most popular posts were from the Blogger era. 10) Race and Religion in the Modern Pagan … [Read more...]

The Secret History of the World

the secret history of the world

The Secret History of the World As Laid Down by the Secret Societies by Mark Booth published in 2008 by Overlook Press 415 pages “You must be mad, or you wouldn’t have come here.”  This line from Alice in Wonderland concludes the introduction to The Secret History of the World As Laid Down by the Secret Societies by Mark Booth.  You don’t have to be mad to read it, but if you don’t understand how to read it then it will surely drive you mad, in one sense of the word or … [Read more...]

UPG and Religious Uncertainty

uncertain skies 07.25.13

There have been several good essays recently on the topic of unverified personal gnosis. Sam Webster started it with this piece calling UPG “an ugly, misguided notion.” There have been numerous responses, including this one by John Halstead here at Patheos. While the term “unverified personal gnosis” can be used to denigrate religious experience and to privilege tradition and the keepers of tradition, taken at face value it’s an accurate and humble description of the moving but … [Read more...]

Ronald Hutton and the Paradox of Witchcraft

Ronald Hutton 04.12.13

At the risk of sounding like a fanboy (or perhaps, at the risk of exposing myself for the fanboy I am) the primary reason I went to Sacred Lands and Spiritual Landscapes was Ronald Hutton. I’ve respected his work ever since I read The Triumph of the Moon in 2002 and I’ve enjoyed listening to some of his lectures on Druidcast. He doesn’t come across the ocean very often and when I saw he would be in South Carolina I knew I wanted to go. He did not disappoint. His two talks were both … [Read more...]