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January 17, 2019
Dealing With Toxic People in the Pagan Community
This is a question all of us need to consider, because sooner or later we’re...
January 13, 2019
Cooking a Spiritual Feast in a Potluck Community
A spiritual feast requires spiritual depth, and you’ll never get spiritual depth if you keep...
January 08, 2019
8 Things To Make Your Paganism Stronger This Year
You’re not a beginner anymore – you’re ready to explore the world of Gods and...
January 06, 2019
Leading Public Rituals For Mixed Pagan Groups
You considered yourself a beginner, but when your group decided it was time to do...
January 03, 2019
Paganism As The New Civic Religion
What if New York Times columnist Ross Douthat is right? What if the future really...
January 01, 2019
Divination For 2019: The Wheel and The Tower
2019 will be another year of The Wheel and The Tower. I wish it wasn’t,...
December 27, 2018
Top 10 Posts of 2018
The Top 10 posts of 2018 on Under the Ancient Oaks: the Morrigan (twice), Mabon...
December 20, 2018
The Mabinogi, The Dagda, and Traditional Witchcraft
Three reviews: a new album by Damh the Bard, a scholarly and devotional book for...
December 16, 2018
What You Can’t See Can Hurt You
Success is not the sign of divine favor and hardship is not the sign of...
December 06, 2018
Paganism Isn’t Dying
No fallen elders can break the ties between us and the Gods we serve. No...
December 04, 2018
Dealing With Doubts as an Experienced Pagan
I sometimes talk about how my experiences are so strong I no longer believe, I...
November 29, 2018
Never Sell Them Your Soul
Our mainstream society forces us to make bargains that are unfair and often exploitative. Do...
November 27, 2018
The Spiritual Authority of Oracles is Dangerous but Necessary
For those of us who practice an oracular religion the messages we receive from our...
November 18, 2018
What Fictional Witches Can Teach Us About Pursuing What We Really Want
There are more than a few people who feel like they’re Sabrina at the edge...
November 15, 2018
Navigating the Mental Health Industry When You also have Mystical Experiences
This is the story of what happened when a bipolar Pagan described their spiritual experiences...
November 06, 2018
Pagans, Dominionists, the Fair Folk, and the Spiritual Battle for America
As a religion, Christian fundamentalism is demonstrably false. That doesn’t mean all spiritual acts by...
November 01, 2018
How Do I Know If A God Is Calling Me?
Being called can be a great thing, but it’s not winning the lottery. It’s more...
October 25, 2018
Rethinking the Big Tent of Paganism
I originally thought the value of the Big Tent metaphor was its bigness. Now I...
October 23, 2018
Trickster Gods, How Magic Works, Magic For Yourself, and More
Why do some Pagans blame Trickster Gods for bad things like Christians blame their devil?...
October 21, 2018
Called by Problematic Gods
What’s a woman to do when she feels called by a God whose stories include...
October 14, 2018
So You Want To Be A Pagan – A Guide For Pagan Newcomers
What do newcomers need to know about Paganism when they’re just starting out? That’s an...
October 11, 2018
Devotional Art for Manannán mac Lir
This is the story of a new devotional painting of Manannán mac Lir by Pagan...
October 09, 2018
Gods Behaving Badly? Myth, Virtue, and the Limitations of Modern Thinking
Myths are more than fictional stories and they aren’t intended to be read literally. Oftentimes...
October 04, 2018
6 Ways to Talk to the Gods (and How to Listen for an Answer)
Religion is ultimately about relationships: with our families and communities, with the natural world, with...
October 02, 2018
A Conclave of Cats: Debating the Nature of the Gods
Imagine, if you will, a conclave of cats gathered to discuss and debate the true...
September 27, 2018
Doubts, Fears, and TV Preachers – Dealing With the Urge to Turn Back
There is no shame in fear and doubt – they’re part of being imperfect humans...
September 23, 2018
Animal Gods and Gods of the Animals
Xenophanes said that horses would worship Gods that look like horses. But some of our...
September 20, 2018
Sitting in a Bland Funeral Thinking About What We Should Do For Our Dead
We’ve all heard someone say “funerals are for the living.” No. This is sacrilege. This...
September 18, 2018
Why Would Anyone Take an Oath to a God?
Taking oaths is among the most serious and most personal of personal religious decisions you’ll...
September 13, 2018
Their Ways Are Not Our Ways: A Warning And A Call
I have a message for those who feel the call to mystical and ecstatic practice,...
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