Naturalistic Paganism

The Next 70 Days are Critical – What can you do to help? by Starstuff, Contemplating

We stand at an historic time, and the upcoming election will determine a lot about the world we will leave to future generations.  As Naturalistic Pagans, our focus is on this real world, and we can put our spirituality into practice over the next two short months to help those future generations.

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Episodes 14, 15, and 16 of THE WONDER podcast – A, by Mark Green

Episodes 14, 15, and 16, in which we discuss politics, the wondrous world around us, and the Summer Solstice are on the page here.

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Tripping With the Gods – On Entheogenic Spirituality:, (Part 4 of 5) by Wayne Martin Mellinger, Ph.D. [The Dionysian Naturalist]

THE ENTHEOGENIC EXPERIENCE

Through the process of consuming entheogenic sacraments people can “wake up” to their “True Nature”, gaining liberation and freedom from the limitations of ordinary life. Through these processes we become introduced to the mysteries of Ultimate Reality (Wilber 2018).   These events occur in a non-ordinarily state of awareness distinct from our orientations in mundane everyday life.  Here I briefly elaborate on the nature of that state.

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Get Ready for a Great Perseid Meteor Shower this Year! August 11-14, by Starstuff, Contemplating

She thought she could now actually feel the Earth turn–not just imagine it in her head, but really feel it in the pit of her stomach. It was like descending in a fast elevator. She craned her neck back further, so her field of view was uncontaminated by anything on Earth, until she could see nothing but black sky and bright stars. Gratifyingly, she was overtaken by 

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Happy Summer Thermstice/Lammas!

Celebrations

Heat! Productivity! Success! Growing Darkness!  These and many other themes join with the baking of bread and early harvest celebrations of Lunasa.  What could better exemplify heat and productivity than the casting of molten metal into Atheopagan medallions?  Check it out!

The growing darkness has already given us wonderful views of Comet Neowise.  Though the comet is effectively gone, the Perseid meteor shower is right around the corner, August 11-14.

As a special Lunasa treat, check out this Lammas music from Bart Everson.  It could be part of a ritual, solitary observation, or just having around now.

Some of the ways many of us are celebrating were recently published.   For my family, celebrations with our annual Lunasa blueberry harvest and evening ritual will be today!  We are also going on a wilderness quest for the glowing stones of awe – Yooperlites!

For some of us, the celebrations will be later this week – the actual midpoint between the Solstice and the Equinox is August 7th.  However you are celebrating (including Imbolc celebrations in the Southern Hemisphere), may your be celebration be blessed.

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