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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Government Shutdown and the Willow Pentagram

photo by Evelyn Simak via Wikimedia Commons

I’m angry about the government shutdown – it’s a dereliction of duty and a failure to govern. But rather than stewing in my anger, I’m going to do what I can to work through it and return to my center and my true will. [Read more...]

Do the Work and Trust the Process

Ovate altar

Esoteric studies and spiritual development can be intimidating. It may seem like nothing is happening, but that’s only above the surface. Deep inside, mystical processes are at work. If you would learn and grow, do the work and trust the process. [Read more...]

Success in an Age of Decline

Would you call Henry David Thoreau successful?  He lived here for two years.

The world is changing. It is becoming more complicated, more challenging, and less secure. We can ignore the changes, we can blame them on other people, or we can accept them and deal with them and get on with becoming who and what we’re called to be. [Read more...]