Naturalistic Paganism

Monthly Archives: March 2014


Spring Equinox

In the Northern Hemisphere, the Vernal Equinox is celebrated by Neo-Pagans as Ostara (also spelled Eostar or Eostre), deriving from the name of a Germanic goddess to whom the month of the same name was holy.  It is the same…

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A Pedagogy of Gaia, by Bart Everson: “Spring in the Subtropics, Spring in the Self”

How do we cultivate a “spring in the self,” a season of renewal and rebirth within. Spring and the equinox are experienced differently at different places. The body is, of course, the ultimate localization. All our dreams start here. Let’s aim to change the world, starting with ourselves.

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Musings of a Pagan Mythicist, by Maggie Jay Lee: “Circle Around: Individuality, Community and Creating Religion”

To me, collective religious ceremony and shared devotional practice is not something peripheral, but is the very center of religion. It is the core that holds everything together. I believe without such shared practices, religious community will fall apart, but there are still enormous challenges to developing religion centered on communal ceremony.

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Mid-Month Meditation for March: O sweet spontaneous earth

Editor’s note: We encourage our readers to take these mid-month meditations as an opportunity to take a short break from everything else.  Rather than treating these posts the way you would any other post, set aside 10 minutes someplace quiet and semi-private…

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“A Naturalistic Credo” by Jon Cleland Host

Evolution gives my life incredible meaning and purpose. I marvel at my family tree, which goes back though innumerable life forms, through amazing stories of survival, hope, courage, and parental love. It includes the tiny mammal, surviving through the freezing, yearlong darkness after the asteroid impact by eating, and likely hiding in, a frozen dinosaur carcass. It includes the first mother to produce milk, and the first blurry view through a newly evolved eye. I’ve grown from a long line of survivors — noble creatures of every sort, who conquered deadly challenges billions of times over. What other origin could possibly give my life more meaning?

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