Book Review: The Path of Paganism

Beckett, John (2017). The Path of Paganism: An experience-based guide to modern Pagan practice. Woodbury, MN, Llewellyn Publications. John Beckett is an OBOD and ADF Druid and has years of experience not just studying and writing about Paganism, but living it daily, and it shows. His blog, Under the Ancient Oaks on Patheos, is one... Continue Reading →

Friday Foraging 13

Welcome to another Friday Foraging! This week, there's an Anima Monday double bill! If you aren't already following them, go do that thing. The first is an exploration of magic, wonder and beauty: Animism and Magic: Walk in Beauty Outside and you Walk in Beauty Inside. I love this post, it articulates so much of... Continue Reading →

The three cauldrons

"I sing of the Cauldron of Wisdom, which bestows the merit of every art" - The Cauldron of Poesy. You've probably come across the idea of "Chakras", found in traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Deriving from the Sanskrit for "wheel", these Chakras are perceived as being energy centres, focal points, or nodes in the... Continue Reading →

Friday Foraging 11

Is it Friday already? I'd almost forgotten! So what did I find in the Pagan internet undergrowth this week? Dana at The Druid's Garden has an absolutely excellent article on Druidry for the 21st Century. How can Druidry help us navigate the complex environmental and social challenges of the modern world? As I’ve shared before... Continue Reading →

Find another world

The world, it seems, is going to hell. Politics are imploding, hatred is on the rise, everywhere you look a new tragedy. The news, no longer once a day but now a gargantuan 24-7 monstrosity, consumes our attention and feeds on it, feeding us in return a diet of fear and panic. Rather than spurred... Continue Reading →

Friday Foraging 10: The return

Wow, it's been a while! I'm thinking of restarting my little "Friday Foraging" link round ups for the new year, so here goes. There's a new (well new to me anyway) site called Anima Monday, written by "a collective of people interested in sharing our experiences of Animism", and it's excellent. It has a blog,... Continue Reading →

Feeding the roots

"The strength of a tree lies in its roots, not its branches" - Dutch proverb. It's January, and the branches of deciduous trees are bare of leaves. On a casual glance, they can seem dead. But we know that isn't the case, we know from experience and understanding that the trees will soon be putting... Continue Reading →

I’m still here

2018 has been a hell of a year. I suffer from depression, and this year has been a really consistently low one for my mental health. Of course the year has had highlights (seeing my favourite bands, going to new places) and achievements (completing year one of Druid College), but on the whole 2018 has... Continue Reading →

Listening to your body

I recently came down with a cold, which I'm currently fighting off (I have a hot lemon tea next to me as I write this, on the sofa, under a blanket...you get the idea). This has led to a period of what I think of as "enforced rest", where all you can do is sit... Continue Reading →

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