Naturalistic Paganism

Monthly Archives: September 2015

[Rotting Silver] “Simile of the Open Queen” by B. T. Newberg

Rotting Silver is a column devoted to this Earth in all its tarnished radiance: poetry, prose, and parables of ugliness alloyed with joy.

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“The Mythology of Nature” by Xia

Now we find ourselves at a pivotal point in cultural evolution. How do we weave together the disparate parts of our dualistic natures? Have we learned yet that strength is not equated with conquest and domination? Can we heal the gap that separates the polarities we find ourselves divided into? How do we integrate the necessary qualities of strength and nurturing, logic and intuition, mind and matter, nature and human development? Can we discover a new evolutionary path? How do we find the balance in nature that is needed at this critical moment in history? Can we make of this earth the garden it once was?

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[A Pedagogy of Gaia] “Awakening to Gaia” by Bart Everson

To awaken to Gaia is to recognize our interconnectedness, our radical interdependence, our participation in the web of life. To awaken to Gaia is to recognize other animals and plants as our distant cousins, to recognize that our kinship extends even to rocks, to the sea, to the atmosphere. To awaken to Gaia is to recognize these realities, to become more fully alive, alert, aware, involved, and mindful. To awaken to Gaia is to wake up from the zombiefied slumber of American-style consumerism, to come alive to what it means to be a social primate in the 21st century. Awakening to Gaia means awakening to oneself, to one’s own potential, to one’s own responsibilities.

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“Concepts of Gaia” by Bart Everson

A guest lecture given by Bart Everson at Loyola University, April 2015.

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[Starstuff, Contemplating] “Samhain Approaches …” by Jon Cleland Host

Except perhaps for the Winter Solstice, Samhain is the most meaningful holiday of the year to me.  The gratitude for our Ancestors pervades my life and helps guide my actions, as many familiar with my posts already knows.  So I…

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