Naturalistic Paganism

Monthly Archives: October 2016


[The Dionysian Naturalist] “Nature Religions and Revolutionary Social Change, Part 1” by Wayne Martin Mellinger, Ph.D.

This essay highlights contributions religion can bring to social movement struggles for justice and transformational politics. These are times which demand “engaged spirituality”, in which religious people actively engage with the world in order to transform it in positive ways while finding inspiration, moral support and guidance in their spiritual beliefs and practices. To those ends I advance a “practical theology of social change” focused on our intentional interventions to change the world (“praxis”), and outline some of its operating principles and spiritual practices.

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Early Autumn Theme: Ancestors and Descendants

In Deep Time, early autumn can remind us of the Cretaceous extinction event – the cataclysm of fire, tsunamis, and earthquakes that banished the (non-avian) dinosaurs to extinction and led to you looking at your computer today.  Gone were countless forms of…

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[Pagan in Place] “Live Oak Trance”, By Anna Walther

Entering At dusk I sat under three live oak trunks that grow in woods near my house. I cleansed, grounded, and centered and began square breathing*, with eyes open and attention focused on the tree. I imagined that, like the…

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