What’s the Story?

There is a terrible, wonderful power to narrative. We live and die by it. It shapes our thoughts, our perceptions, our very reality in ways that we cannot even — or at least don’t often — imagine. The Magic of the Tale Our pagan forebears knew this far better than we. It is well remembered by those…

Rebooting the Clock

This is the first in a series of posts looking forward to the Equinox in just a few days. It’s setting the stage, as it were, for what I think is a big idea. Even if you decide that it’s a fool’s errand, it’s worth the mental exercise in thinking it through because it sheds…

Nature, Home, and the Tyranny of Place

‘O see ye not yon narrow road, So thick beset with thorns and briers? That is the path of righteousness, Tho after it but few enquires. ‘And see not ye that braid braid road, That lies across that lily leven? That is the path of wickedness, Tho some call it the road to heaven. ‘And…

Natural Law, Pagan Ethics

What do Robin Hood and Merlin have in common? Well, beside the facts that they are both staples of European literary culture and hold an almost hypnotic power over the popular conception of the Middle Ages, they both are manifestations of natural law — Robin Hood in the sense of natural social law and Merlin…

At the Height of Summer

I’ve gone through a lot of topics for Solstice this year, and since many other pagan blogs will be focusing on the different celebrations or use of it, I thought I would focus on something more thematically in keeping with this high festival of the sun at its peak and the moon at its fullness:…

From the Ruins …

This blog was a big part of my life a few years ago. I was working as an academic and my own form of paganism was a fairly big part of that, but about three years ago — closer to four really — I decided academia was insufficient to my life’s purpose and decided to…

Madness, Insight and Poetry

Here under the light of the full moon I have been writing on the nature of éigse as a kind of poetic wisdom. I was working on the paragraph where I discuss the link between this kind of insight and madness when a memory suddenly came rushing back to me. Decades ago I was a…

Taking Stock

So it’s the end of the semester and that strange experience of increasing and decreasing pressure has begun: increasing because there is a crazy amount of grading to get through and decreasing because suddenly there is not any need to keep up with performing in front of a class. That always creates a near-manic state…

Time to Crank It Up …

This is just a quick post in order to coalesce what has been building in my head for some time. It’s really a commitment to walking the talk that I’ve had running in my head: get out running with the dogs every day, meditating and committing to a more uncompromising lifestyle. I’ve let the waves…

Beware the Moon

The New Moon a few weeks ago was accompanied by a level of energy in our household that usually only occurs at the Full. I wondered then what the Full Moon would be like: compensatory gentleness, the usual hyperactivity or completely insane? In keeping with my general ignorance of divine law in this matter, it…

A Point on the Road, A Moment on the Wing

The new issue of Oak Leaves came a while ago, but I’ve not read it all yet. To be honest, I have not gotten past ‘The Promise of Druidry’ and ‘How I Completed my Dedicant Path Documentation from Prison’. The two pieces together have given me so much to think about that I’ve not gotten…

Lánghealach … ach cén mhí ? (Gaulish, mar tá é)

For the last week or so it’s been very hard to sleep. Of course, part of that has primarily to do with Toirdhealbhach’s newfound midnight energy, but part of it I am sure has to do with an bhanrían gheal. The last three nights I’ve felt an unaccustomed surge of energy in the early evening…