Naturalistic Paganism

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8 Seasons? Not 4? [Starstuff, Contemplating]

Isn’t The Wonder podcast great?  It’s got so much help for new Pagans, and somehow still has new insights for those of us who’ve been doing this for years.  One of those new insights jumped out at me when I was listening to an episode of The Wonder a little while ago. 

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Mars Landing Success! [Starstuff, Contemplating]

Every now and then, I am reminded of how incredible it is to live now.  So many things would not just be amazing to nearly all of our Ancestors, but often would be literally indescribable.  November 26, 2018, is yet another one of those times, and you can live this historic event moment by moment, via online simulcast. 

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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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Canadian Atheist Interviews Jon Cleland Host, Part 2

Throughout all of this, It’s been wonderful to connect with other Pagans in the wider Pagan community, and join in many different rituals and celebrations. It can be a tricky balance at times between my own hard-nosed naturalism/atheism and the prevalence of pseudoscience/woo in the wider Pagan community. I sometimes have to remind myself to consider if a supernatural belief is very harmful or not, but overall it’s been great to simply enjoy a ritual with others, even if we personally think of the language used differently – such as if many others see a deity as literal and I see a metaphor. After all, no one thinks anyone is going to hell for being a heretic.

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Canadian Atheist Interviews Jon Cleland Host, Part 1

Throughout all of this, It’s been wonderful to connect with other Pagans in the wider Pagan community, and join in many different rituals and celebrations. It can be a tricky balance at times between my own hard-nosed naturalism/atheism and the prevalence of pseudoscience/woo in the wider Pagan community. I sometimes have to remind myself to consider if a supernatural belief is very harmful or not, but overall it’s been great to simply enjoy a ritual with others, even if we personally think of the language used differently – such as if many others see a deity as literal and I see a metaphor. After all, no one thinks anyone is going to hell for being a heretic.

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