Naturalistic Paganism

Monthly Archives: August 2016


Visions Part 2: Visions and Delusions, by Megan Manson

I think that it’s a bit of both. As I described in my post on skull symbolism, the human brain is remarkable and can be considered the means by which the Universe perceives itself – linking us all to the force that some call Gaia. Looking at it this way, we too are part of the divine – meaning that any experience in our minds can be interpreted as a spiritual one. Maybe where the gods come into this is how we interpret that experience.

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Visions, Part 1: Integrating Critical Lenses into Spirituality as a Naturalistic Pagan Goal, by Emile Wayne

Our spirituality integrates not only ways of seeing the world – critical and spiritual – but also integrates us into the world. It is a spirituality that builds deep connections between and among all the Beings with whom we share our breathing, dancing, changing planet, whirling through space. If there is a set of tools that offers us insight into those lives with whom we share a deep kinship, from our fellow primates and mammals all the way into the depths of the sea, then it is useful and essential to our spiritual path(s). We must heed what these tools teach us, whether the lesson is a humbling confirmation of the kinship of all life, or a startling reminder about the fragility of our ecosystems. By doing so, we also (re)claim religion as a fundamentally human endeavor, one that helps us speak to the depths and heights of our experiences.

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“The Forgotten History of Atheist Paganism” by John Halstead

Polytheists and Pagan Reconstructionist do not have an exclusive claim to the pagan past. While belief may have been the norm among ancient pagans, there were atheist pagans in antiquity, as there are today.

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Late Summer Theme: Cooperation

In Deep Time, late summer can span the time from the mid to the late Mesozoic – a time during which many new forms of cooperation evolved, adding the many cooperative ways of life already discovered.  Already established forms of cooperation included our…

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Hear the Ocean Speak to You, Mere Mortal!

Our Ancestors realized our ties to the ocean time and time again, with the ocean represented as a goddess (Namaka) or god (Lir, ) dozens of times – in addition to non-human representations, such as dragons, snakes, monsters, etc.

But we don’t even need a separate name. He is the Ocean!!! Hear the ocean speak to you, mere mortal!

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