Thinking About

Thinking About – Celebrancy

As a movement grows and matures it seeks to firm the foundations of its community, and one of the ways it can achieve this is by re-introducing lost rites of passage, and reclaiming those that have remained, but have seemingly lost their way. In the secularised West our rites of passage have been chiselled down

Thinking About – Sovereignty and Monarchy

A couple of weeks ago me and Cerri watched the new Netflix series The Crown. It tells the story of the early years of Queen Elizabeth II, with wonderful performances from the cast, and some of the back stories were real eye openers to me. I had never properly realised that, with the abdication of

By | 2016-12-08T12:00:02+00:00 December 6th, 2016|Categories: History, Thinking About|Tags: , , , , , , |19 Comments

Thinking About – Light and Shadow

I have been blissfully unaware of a little tension within an area of the Pagan community. I have seen over the years the occasionally derisive use of the term fluffy bunny to describe some Pagans, but I've completely missed that there is also negative talk the other way, deriding those who relish the darker aspects

Thinking About – Travelling Gods

Over the years I've had many discussions with friends and seen quite a few talks about the nature of the Gods. One of these is the idea of local deities. For instance in a recent edition of the Down at the Crossroads podcast (thoroughly recommended if you've not heard it) Chris and his guests discussed

Thinking About – The Ouija

I wondered how my ghosts article would be received and was delighted by the response which led me to ponder a little more. This topic can be seen as a continuation from that article and deals with one of the ways we have used to contact those who have passed over. I'm talking about the

By | 2016-10-14T11:00:23+00:00 January 20th, 2016|Categories: Thinking About|Tags: , , , , , |20 Comments

Thinking About – Ghosts

Something different today. I love a good ghost story. If I think back my earliest encounter with the ghost story was probably Scooby Do, and when I was really small some of those stories used to scare me. The weird thing was I enjoyed being scared, at least of things on the TV. I think

Thinking About: Christmas, Yule, and the Solstice

We had a discussion last night at our local moot about Christmas and whether it's right that some Pagans celebrate it. The discussion came about after a member of the moot read a Facebook update from a Pagan in absolute meltdown about the topic. They thought is was utterly wrong. So, what did we think?

Thinking About – Perfection and Wholeness

When I was searching for a spiritual path the idea of perfection wasn't something that influenced my choice. I guess if it was I would have chosen Buddhism over Druidry and Paganism. Self-development is obviously a life-long quest and we learn throughout our lives, but the quest and idea of perfection as the ultimate goal

Thinking About – The Young Adult Pagan

Over the past couple of months I have heard two podcasts that were specifically exploring Paganism for the young adult. The first was my own DruidCast podcast with OBOD member Jonathan Wooley, the other was a panel discussion recorded at the recent Pantheacon and presented on T. Thorn Coyle's podcast Elemental Castings. Each discussion was

Thinking About – More on Sacred Sites

It was the Anderida Gorsedd moot last night, a talking stick moot where we choose a topic for discussion and then pass the Talking Beer Mat around the table, each expressing our thoughts on the topic. Always deep, always very thought provoking. Last night we chose Sacred Sites - What are they and what makes

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