Naturalistic Paganism

Monthly Archives: October 2016


Samhain (The Fall Equitherm) is just two weeks away!

Got your house decorated yet? Samhain (the Fall Equitherm) is nearly here! For many of us (including me), this is one of the most sacred times of the year – a time when I feel my Ancestors even more closely than usual.

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[The Dionysian Naturalist] “Nature Religions and Revolutionary Social Change, Part 5” by Wayne Martin Mellinger, Ph.D.

This is a time for revolution. The climate crisis threatens to destroy much of our planet and we face an environmental catastrophe unprecedented in human history. We are coming to realize that the extraction of valued resources, so central to capitalism and modern industrial civilization, is destroying countless ecosystems. Let us struggle together to transform our social systems and to create a just, compassionate and sustainable society.

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[The Dionysian Naturalist] “Nature Religions and Revolutionary Social Change, Part 4” by Wayne Martin Mellinger, Ph.D.

The heart of this spiritual practice is a guided meditation, in which we take a journey back through deep time to explore the evolutionary pathways of the atoms in our bodies and the previous life forms from which we have descended. Perhaps some of our atoms emerged almost fourteen billion years ago briefly after the Big Bang, while others emerged from generations of supernova. Moving forward we imagine each of our predecessors as ancestors, whether these ancestors are bacteria, sponges, fish or lizards.

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[The Dionysian Naturalist] “Nature Religions and Revolutionary Social Change, Part 3” by Wayne Martin Mellinger, Ph.D.

With each action that we take, we make the world. With each action we take, we potentially make the world better or worse. Our ordinary activities count. For it is through these everyday behaviors that the social world is constituted as an orderly event.

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[The Dionysian Naturalist] “Nature Religions and Revolutionary Social Change, Part 2” by Wayne Martin Mellinger, Ph.D.

Relationships define our lives. Yet each of us is able to make a difference to the whole. We are kin with all other life forms, sharing similar compositions and made from the same stardust. We celebrate the circle of life and know that we must live in harmony with the rhythms of the natural world.

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