Naturalistic Paganism

Category: Practice


The Sabbath of Water, by Mark Green

The tension there, I feel, is between maintaining traditions—something of great value in instilling rituals with power and continuity—and facing up to what is actually happening in the world in that particular year. I don’t have easy answers for how to bridge that gap, but I suspect it lies in changing the traditions just a little, to better suit the times.

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“‘Goats’ Heads or Gaia?’: Instrumental Magic and Pagan Values” by John Halstead

Our late autumn theme here at HP is “Responsibility“.  This is the second in a 3-part series, looking critically at contemporary Neo-Paganism from an earth-centered perspective. Note: The views expressed in this essay are the author’s and are not necessarily representative…

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“Spell, spell, what the hell?” by Telmaris Green

This essay was originally published at Skeptical Witch. What is a spell? If you would be kind enough to indulge my inner word-geek for a moment, I promise to get on to the enchanted frog part soon.  The following etymologies…

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“‘As the gods pour, so do mortals’: An alternative conception of divine reciprocity” by John Halstead (Part 2)

PART 2: AN ALTERNATIVE CONCEPTION OF DIVINE RECIPROCITY In Part 1 of this essay (published last month), I critiqued a popular understanding of divine reciprocity. But there is another conception of divine reciprocity. It is rooted in the notion of…

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Mid-Month Meditation for June

We bring our late spring theme, “Practice”, to a close with this thought by Mary Jo Weaver: “First the appearance, then the dance, then the story.” Pagans often claim that they have no orthodoxy (right belief), only orthopraxy (right practice), by…

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