May 31, 2020

Are you better off than you were four years ago? If you are, that’s a very good thing. If you’re not, what can you do to make 2020 look better in December than it does in May? And if that’s not possible, what can you learn from this year that will make 2021 better than 2020? Read more

May 28, 2020

An Instagram post insisted that “you need tons of training from established witches before you cast your first spell.” While training from experienced witches and other magic users is great, the only way to truly learn magic is to do magic. Read more

May 26, 2020

A city official who only selects prayer leaders who meet his own religious criteria is not representing all his city – he’s subtly trying to establish his own religion, in fact if not in law. If Eric Hogue won’t select women to lead civic prayer he should resign. Read more

May 24, 2020

Good art helps us understand the bad times in which we live. It comforts us, inspires us, and challenges us. Let’s share the good art we find. And if we can’t find what we need, let’s go make it ourselves. Read more

May 21, 2020

As a Pagan I’m committed to the idea that while life is difficult and often painful, ultimately it’s beautiful and good. Read more

May 18, 2020

Announcing a new on-line class from Under the Ancient Oaks: “Operative Magic – Theory, Strategy, and Practice.” Registration is open now; the class begins June 4 and will run for six weeks. Here are the details. Read more

May 17, 2020

Any living religion is a product of the interactions of the people who practice it, their Gods and spirits, and the place and time where they live. So of course the pandemic has changed my Paganism – how could it not? But my Paganism is helping me get through this, and for that I am very thankful. Read more

May 14, 2020

The many Gods are not relics to be locked away in pretty boxes and brought out for show on special occasions. They are living persons with Their own sovereignty and agency who do Their own things for Their own reasons – at Their own time. Read more

May 12, 2020

Here’s the rest of this cycle of Conversations Under the Oaks: Pagan leadership roles, the limits of interfaith activities, Pagan monotheists, and how to have our own temples. Read more

May 10, 2020

It’s a mistake to assume Gods or spirits could not have caused the pandemic, even if we conclude they did not. We need to respect the findings of science and the scientific method and also respect the agency and activity of the Gods. Not one over the other. Both. Read more

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