Naturalistic Paganism

The Summer Cross-Quarter (Summer Thermstice) Approaches!

Warm weather makes for pleasant stargazing, and the universe this year has already given us Comet Neowise (which is still barely visible but now has dropped to dimmer than 4th magnitude).  Also, this year will give us the best Perseid show for the past few years coming right up on August 12th (more on that soon)!  In the Northern Hemisphere, the Autumn cross-quarter or Summer Thermstice is celebrated on August 1 as Lughnasadh/Lammas/Lunasa. How will you be celebrating it?  Astronomically, the event occurs on August 6th for those in the United States, but at that moment it will already be August 7th UTC.    Read More

Comet Neowise! You can go and see it! [Starstuff, Contemplating]

For many of our Ancestors, the ghostly apparition of a comet hanging still in the night sky was a sign of fear and dread, a portent of impending doom.  How fitting this unexpected, retrograde comet appears not just during the first pandemic in a century, but also when that pandemic is surging for many of us.
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The Dying God: Learning to Die in the Anthropocene

This essay was first published at Gods & Radicals.

Our civilization is rushing toward its inevitable end. And it’s going to take out a big part of the biosphere with it. Cap and trade is not going to save us.  Renewable energy is not going to save us.  Nuclear energy is not going to save us.  Carbon capture is not going to save use.  The politicians are not going to save us.  The scientists are not going to save us.  The activists are not going to save us.

We are not going to be saved.

For so many reasons, we are going to fail … and fail badly.

Once we come to terms with that fact, the question becomes …

SO WHAT DO WE DO NOW?

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Tripping With the Gods – On Entheogenic Spirituality:, (Part 3 of 5) by Wayne Martin Mellinger, Ph.D. [The Dionysian Naturalist]

THE PHARMACRATIC INQUISITION

The emergence of patriarchy in the Neolithic era led to several related social structural changes which radically altered the role and function that mind-altering plants played in societies. The two most central of these are (1) the State and (2) Patriarchal monotheism (e.g. Christianity). The lethal combination of patriarchal Church and State proved deadly for shamanistic cultures because out of them emerge “the Pharmacratic Inquisition”—a severely violent prohibitionist campaign of terror.

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Time + Tenacity = Hope, by Mark Green

Story time! Time to visit my Really Not Finest Hour.

There’s going to be a lunar eclipse on Saturday, July 4.

As many of us know, the Moon’s phases run in roughly 19 year cycles. What that means is that 19 years ago, a full Moon with a lunar eclipse fell on the 4th of July.

And 19 years before that, there was another: July 4, 1982. That 4th of July is a date I remember vividly.

I saw the bloody Moon that night from the walled outdoor enclosure of a mental hospital called Oakcrest.

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