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Are the Gods Set in Stone?

Jul 10th, 2018 | By

I had something completely different in mind when I started writing this particular blog post. On Facebook, I had asked for folks to say something about a topic that they wanted me to write about. One individual asked me to take an animal spirit into account and see how much it changes around the world.

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Modern-Day Storyteller and “New” Myth

Jun 24th, 2018 | By

Stories are a huge part of our world-wide culture. As Pagans, we tend to utilize this in our rituals, around the evening and night-time fires, and even in the lessons and lectures that the brave souls who attend conferences provide. We have stories all around us. The Fantasy and Science Fiction books on our shelves,

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Australian Druidry and Seeking the Sacred in Your Own Landscapes

May 31st, 2018 | By

Julie Brett’s Australian Druidry: Connecting with the Sacred Landscape is quite a remarkable work. Having now read this book twice, I am astounded by the depth of the material on how her Druidry dovetails within her relationships with the land she lives in. The description and details of her own work could easily be utilized

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Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet

May 6th, 2018 | By

Where all the rich Pagans? Why do Pagans always seem to be so poor? I first heard this back in the late 1980s. Since that time, I have heard so many variations of it, I just cannot keep track of the iterations. Nor would I want to. This statement has bothered me since that first

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My Perspective on Transactional and Transformative Paganism

Apr 27th, 2018 | By

Another round of being on the road finds me blogging from a hotel room. And essentially setting this one on a time delay release. That all sounds so foreign to my brain. While I like traveling, doing it all the time just does not sit well with my usual frame of mind. It is really

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Living Life Intentionally – The Pagan Square Mile and the Druid Transmitted Infection

Mar 31st, 2018 | By

After a lovely time down at OBOD’s Gulf Coast Gathering in Louisiana, my mind has been coming back to something I discussed with a lot of folks – “The Pagan Square Mile” and the “Druid Transmitted Infection”. I was introduced to both of these concepts through presentations given by Kristoffer Hughes at Pantheacon. Kristoffer’s presentations

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Living Intentionally Within the Storm

Mar 18th, 2018 | By
TommyElf aka Tommy Van Hook

Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.  Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Indeed. This is a quote from a work of fiction, but even fiction holds parallels of truth to our everyday world. For a long period

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Remembering Inspiration – Pantheacon with Hughes and Mankey

Mar 8th, 2018 | By
TommyElf aka Tommy Van Hook

This year, 2018, is my third year in a row attending Pantheacon – and it will be my last for a couple of years. Not because of a negative experience, but because it is just too expensive for me to do every single year. As an event, Pantheacon is an amazing experience that I truly

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As Two Labeled Others in the Lobby of Pantheacon…

Feb 24th, 2018 | By
TommyElf aka Tommy Van Hook

So, the first day at Pantheacon (Friday afternoon), I was walking past the coffee shop located near the lobby. Along the windows, there are various tables where folks can sit and chat. As I am walking along, I noticed two gentlemen dressed in suits, drinking their coffee, and looking at the various Pagan folk walking

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Dumping a Singular Narrow Narrative – I Prefer Other Story Shapes

Feb 3rd, 2018 | By

Life can be a journey, of sorts. It is not really a journey in the truest sense of the word. But the journey metaphor is quite useful in trying to glean some meaning from Life. But honestly, the metaphor gets a touch tired after some time. Plus, there are all kinds of qualifying statements that

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