Integration – A Review

Pagan Pride Day - White Rock Lake, Dallas

2013 has not been an easy year for me, but it has been a year of learning and growth, and a year of integration. I’ll call that a success. [Read more...]

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Lessons From the Marathon

the start of the 2003 Dallas White Rock Marathon

The myth that inspired the modern marathon ended with the runner dropping dead. Yet every year, hundreds of thousands of ordinary people complete this supposedly impossible feat. It makes you wonder what else we think is impossible is merely improbable, awaiting only the proper application of science, art, and will to manifest it in this world. [Read more...]

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Five Ritualists at Dinner

dining room table

If you want to advance the state of the art of modern Paganism, resist the lure of Hogwarts and instead invite five ritualists over for dinner. [Read more...]

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Dreams of a Druid College

Tatev Monastery in Armenia.  Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Sometimes I dream of a Druid college, a community of Pagan peers. There is no substitute for like minded people working together and talking to each other. When you can’t find that conversation in the physical world, seek it out virtually. It’s not the same, but it’s still helpful. [Read more...]

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Sharon Knight Interview

Winter and Sharon - photo credit EMBStudios.com

Under the Ancient Oaks is thrilled to present an interview with singer and songwriter Sharon Knight. Sharon talks about magic, the gods, mermaids, pirates, initiations, life on the road, and of course, music! [Read more...]

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Religion and Politics – A Pagan Perspective

Cotton Mather is dead and he's not coming back

The Patheos Public Square asks if it’s time for religious leaders to pull back from political engagement. I say a responsible citizen is an engaged citizen, and I know that decisions are made by those who show up. But if we expect to change the world through political activism, we will be continually disappointed. [Read more...]

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Facilitating Religious Experiences

fire - October 2013

Religious experiences happen when individuals are ready and when the gods so desire. All we can do as priests and priestesses is to make them easier, and we do that best when we understand they will come in the way they will come and not in the way we’d like them to come. [Read more...]

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Religious Buyer’s Remorse

a offer is presented: choose

I’m thankful for the freedom and opportunity to explore virtually every religion ever known to humanity, but these seemingly unlimited options come with a cost. In an environment where we are truly free to choose, religious buyer’s remorse is inevitable. [Read more...]

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