Thoughts on Death

04 08 Salem cemetery

Recently I received a private message asking for my thoughts on death: I was wondering if you might be interested in posting about death from a Pagan/Druid point of view? My wife and I recently lost our cat, whom we loved very much, and I was just curious what sort of wisdom you might have on the topic. First, my condolences on the loss of your cat.  Our animal friends are part of our families.  We care for them, they give us love, and in the process we’re reminded that all living things have i … [Read more...]

This Year Has Goals

07 38a Cadillac Mountain

In my last post of 2013 I talked about how setting a high-level theme for the year has worked better for me than detailed goals or the traditional New Year’s resolutions. Several years ago I stopped making New Year’s resolutions.  I found I rarely kept them, mostly because the goals I set weren’t in alignment with my true will.  I resolved to accomplish things I thought I was supposed to want, and I set goals with little regard to my desire (and in some cases, my ability) to actually do the thin … [Read more...]

Integration – A Review

Pagan Pride Day - White Rock Lake, Dallas

Several years ago I stopped making New Year’s resolutions.  I found I rarely kept them, mostly because the goals I set weren’t in alignment with my true will.  I resolved to accomplish things I thought I was supposed to want, and I set goals with little regard to my desire (and in some cases, my ability) to actually do the things that would be required to achieve them.Instead, each year I select a theme – a high-level goal I want to keep in the front of my mind all year.  My theme is a destin … [Read more...]

Lessons From the Marathon

the start of the 2003 Dallas White Rock Marathon

This Saturday marks ten years since I ran my second and final marathon.  Though injuries and weight gain forced me to stop running long ago, my brief running “career” remains one of my most meaningful personal achievements.Last year I told my running story in the context of a wider discussion on fat and health.  Go read it if you’re interested – here’s an excerpt. Growing up I always felt like I was inferior because I wasn’t an athlete. Running changed all that. I still wasn’t very fast, but … [Read more...]

Five Ritualists at Dinner

dining room table

From the comments on my last post, both here and (appropriately enough) on social media, I’m far from the only one who has dreams of a Druid college.  This isn’t surprising – formal education is prominent in our lives.  From the time we’re old enough to leave our mothers for a few hours we’re in school:  kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school.  Many of us go on to college or university and some of us go back again, and again.  We’re told that education is the key to a good li … [Read more...]

Dreams of a Druid College

Tatev Monastery in Armenia.  Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Sometimes I dream of a Druid college.Part ancient monastery and part modern university, it would be a place where Druids, Witches, and other Pagans would come to learn from and with the best and brightest.  Most would come for a short time, studying advanced topics, deepening their practices and then returning to their communities to teach and serve.  Some would stay longer, researching and experimenting and documenting their findings to share with the college and the wider community.  Ot … [Read more...]

Sharon Knight Interview

Winter and Sharon - photo credit EMBStudios.com

San Francisco songstress Sharon Knight is a Celtic folk singer in leather armbands. Her distinctive voice and striking poetry have won her a loyal following across the country. Preferring to stray from tradition, Sharon and and her longtime collaborator Winter have developed their own Celtic-hybrid style, “Neofolk Romantique.” This often sounds less Celtic and more “folktales that ran away with the Faeries at the turn of the century and took cover in an old trunk bound for the circus, which was t … [Read more...]

Religion and Politics – A Pagan Perspective

Cotton Mather is dead and he's not coming back

This week the Patheos Public Square page has invited bloggers to write on the topic “Faith Leaders and Political Engagement: Time to Pull Back?”  Like so many group writing projects this question has some Christian assumptions, but I think it’s still worthwhile to look at it from a Pagan perspective.One of the founding principles of the United States is the separation of church and state:  the government may not establish a religion and no religious body may control public policy.  The exact … [Read more...]


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