Naturalistic Paganism

Category: Gender Issues

Naturalistic Paganism’s Spectral Challenge – Part One: A Haunted Landscape, by Emile Wayne

If we wish to be re-bodied, made subjects, and called-into-being through our relationship to place, we must do so with the knowledge that the land holds the memory of suffering bodies, of exploitation, dispossession, abuse, lynching, poverty, and a whole host of other specters, all of which arose out of the wounds that are our collective history. We must be ready to listen to the voices of the specters haunting the land and our histories, even if those voices call out to some of us in rebuke.

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Intuition: Following Your Heart vs. Trusting Your Gut; by Debra Macleod

Intuition is something I’ve come to really value in all areas of my life: work, home, body, mind and spirit. Being more intuitive is definitely part of the renewed Vesta tradition – the sacred flame is a symbol of the intuitive knowledge and ability within us all. It’s the spark of insight the universe gifted us with. In the end, intuition isn’t New Age thinking. It’s ancient wisdom that you already have inside of you.

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“Vestals, Feminism & the ‘Evil Field'” by Debra Macleod

The emperors of the early empire granted “Vestal privileges” to female family members, thus freeing them from the patria potestas. In this way, Vestal privileges were an early form of women’s rights that could be expanded beyond the Vestal Order. Was this fledgling feminism?

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“Beyond Female Role Models: The Triple Goddess as Nature” by John Halstead

The Triple Goddess is not a role model for women. Rather, she represents Nature. And the relationship between the Triple Goddess and us reflects our relationship with Nature. To us, she is Mother, Lover, and ultimately, Slayer. We are her children, all of us, male and female. And we are, all of us, also her lovers and victims.

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“Nature and Values Beyond the Binary” by Crafter Yearly

When we attempt to personify divinity, we do not make goddesses and gods in our own image, we make them to demonstrate our narrow and socially constructed norms. Nature and values are bigger, more diverse, and more complexly beautiful than those norms. We do divinity and ourselves no favors when we limit our view of the world in this way.

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