Naturalistic Paganism

Category: Practice


The Spring Equinox Approaches…

With the moment of the Equinox at 12:30 am EDT this year, the actual Equinox will be on March 19th for some and on the 20th for others. Whichever day you choose, here are some of the many ways Naturalistic and Humanistic Pagans will be celebrating.

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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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