Naturalistic Paganism

Monthly Archives: October 2015

[Starstuff, Contemplating] “Our Most Precious Gifts” by Jon Cleland Host

This gratitude fills my life, and comes into special focus with Samhain. So many things in our day-to-day lives can be reminders of that. Small signposts pop up with even trivial prompts. As this year draws to a close and the next approaches, these spur me on to pay these gifts forward to future generations – who are also the children of our Ancestors.

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[Rotting Silver] “Faith in the Earth” 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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“Celebrating Samhain as a Naturalist” by Mike Ryan

As a naturalist, I don’t believe the spirits of the dead come back at the exact halfway between the quarter days, even though that’s the spirit of the day. The power lies in the community and the gathering. So I’ve come to grips with October 31st, and I embrace Halloween.

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Godless Paganism: Voices of Non-Theistic Pagans

Godless Paganism: Voices of Non-Theistic Pagans will be the first ever anthology of writing by and about non-theistic Pagans. The goal of the anthology is to educate others in the Pagan community about both the diversity and the depth of non-theistic Pagan practice.

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“Why I Do Not Call Myself a Pagan” by Dave Salyers

I have long felt conflicted about calling myself a “Pagan”. I have a focus on ancestral and animistic nature veneration, while the term “Pagan” in the Western sense seems to be conflated with casting spells to alter the natural flow of things and resurrecting worshipping of pantheons of deities from ancient civilizations.

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