All entries by this author

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

[continue reading…]

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

[continue reading…]

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

[continue reading…]

Connected and Free – Authentic Druidry Comes From Within

Jan 23rd, 2018 | By

A short while back (one day by this post’s reckoning), there was a short uproar over an article from the Daily Telegraph, where modern Druids were essentially treated as not being “true” Druids by the author. I found much of it to be amusing, particularly since the implication was that Druidry was not real unless

[continue reading…]

What is it Like to Be a Pagan?

Jan 14th, 2018 | By
Tommy's backyard stone circle

Something I enjoy doing is sitting and talking with someone about our own individual paths through life. I have had such awesome, thoughtful, and revealing conversations with friends, acquaintances, and even complete strangers that have been some of my favorite memories. Sitting at a table sharing some food and/or drink, sitting on a stone wall

[continue reading…]

Going Beyond

Jan 13th, 2018 | By
The last classroom I taught in...

I originally posted this on my own blog site “Life With Trickster Gods” and was invited to crosspost this here at Moon Books blog site as well.   Being a teacher can be a tough and somewhat thankless job. For nearly three years, I was an adjunct professor at the community college, where I now

[continue reading…]

Diving Deeply – Attempting a Different Approach at Learning

Dec 30th, 2017 | By

Cross-posted at “Life With Trickster Gods at: With the coming change from one calendar year to another, there is always the desire to look back and place judgment on what was and was not accomplished in one’s last twelve months. There are all kinds of desires, goals, and needs that people try to attach

[continue reading…]

Thoughts on Our Collective Past, Present and Future as Derived From “A Legacy of Druids”

Dec 14th, 2017 | By

Very rarely do I get excited enough to blog about a book that I am currently reading. However, that is the case with “A Legacy of Druids” by Ellen Evert Hopman. The book is a series of discussions and interviews with various Druids, many over twenty years old at the time of publishing (2016). I

[continue reading…]

Dark/Light – Two Sides of the Same Coin Or a Projection of Ourselves? The Start of a Few Thoughts on the Gods….

Nov 30th, 2017 | By

For today, I thought I would tackle the old “light versus dark” argument. To get that started, I wanted to utilize a quote from someone that I cherish a great deal. She was the very first Moon Books author that I read. She is also one of the most awesome Druid Priests that I have

[continue reading…]

Thoughts on Ritual – Group and Solo

Nov 26th, 2017 | By

Ritual has never been a major piece of my daily practice. A lot of that comes from being intimidated by the knowledge that others had, during my early years as a Pagan. People called the quarters with no script in hand. Their words flowed naturally. The chants and songs done during the ritual were well

[continue reading…]