Honoring Our Ancestors, Sustaining Our Relationships

Bryn Celli Ddu

It is Samhain – “summer’s end” – and it is time to honor and remember our ancestors. Death has not ended our relationships with family and friends, for love never dies. It has simply transformed the relationships into something different, something that needs our work to sustain. [Read more...]

Why I’m An OBOD Druid

Awen pendant on black

There is no best Druid order, just different orders that fit individuals very well or not so well. If you feel called to Druidry, do some on-line investigation, read a few books, talk to some people who have first-hand experience, and make the best choice for you. This is why I’m an OBOD Druid. [Read more...]

History is Inspirational Not Authoritative

Pagan Britain 2

Ronald Hutton’s new book Pagan Britain shows how history can provide a framework and inspiration for our own beliefs and practices, but it cannot tell us the One Right and True Way. If history teaches us anything it’s that there is no One Right and True Way. [Read more...]

Top 10 Posts on Under the Ancient Oaks

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

Here are the ten most popular posts since I moved to Patheos in January 2013. Some I expected to be popular and some I’m shocked they did so well, but they all have one thing in common – you and the other readers really liked them. [Read more...]

The Secret History of the World

the secret history of the world

If you’re expecting an exposé of occult secrets from The Secret History of the World you’ll be disappointed. If you’re expecting typical history you’ll be frustrated. But if you’re looking for a myth to show you how we got where we are and where we’re headed, give it a try. [Read more...]

UPG and Religious Uncertainty

uncertain skies 07.25.13

The value of our religious beliefs and experiences does not come from their certainty. There is no certainty. The value of our religious beliefs and experiences comes from how well they help us live better lives. [Read more...]

Ronald Hutton and the Paradox of Witchcraft

Ronald Hutton 04.12.13

Ronald Hutton said “we are the only society that both believes in witchcraft and doesn’t believe in it, and I’d like to keep it that way.” He’s right and I’m thankful for it. [Read more...]