Top 10 Posts on Under the Ancient Oaks

Beaumaris Gorsedd Circle, Anglesey, Wales

2014 has been a very good year on Under the Ancient Oaks. Here are the Top 10 posts as measured by page views. [Read more...]

How Do We Know What the Gods Want?

Ballyalban Fairy Fort

Unquestioning belief is not a Pagan virtue. How do we know what we know about the Gods? It requires using all our ways of knowing. [Read more...]

Sacrifice and the Fear of Real Gods

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Real Gods are a lot scarier than the polytheist next door killing, cleaning, and cooking a chicken in his back yard and seasoning it with prayers and invocations. [Read more...]

Sacramental Eating

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All of Nature is sacred. But sacred or not, life feeds on life. What is your relationship with the living things that die so you can continue to live? Is it a conscious relationship? Is it an honest relationship? Is it in line with your values? [Read more...]

A Rite of Sacrifice

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There are times we approach the Gods with what we’d like to give them, or with what we think they might like. And then there are times when they tell us exactly what they want. [Read more...]

A Libation Without a Prayer is Just a Spilled Drink

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The Pantheacon panel on Sacrifice and Modern Paganism brought five knowledgeable Pagans together for a discussion of the noble and necessary art of sacrifice. [Read more...]

A Modern Pagan View of Sacrifice

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The common meaning of sacrifice is “to give up” but the older meaning is “to make sacred.” Both are important as we work to build strong relationships with our gods and goddesses, with our communities, and with the world at large. [Read more...]