Naturalistic Paganism

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A Pedagogy of Gaia: by Bart Everson: “Always Beginning Again”

We can forget the most important experiences of all. We can and do lose touch with the most profound truths of existence. I want a reminder. I want to be nudged, shoved if need be, back to the truth. This is the trick of living, or one of the tricks anyhow. It’s easy to pay lip service to love and wonder, but I want to know it, to live it, to feel it in my bones.

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Musings of a Pagan Mythicist by Maggie Jay Lee: “Step to the Right: Religion and the Divided Mind”

We naturalists spend a lot of time judging and evaluating religion from the outside, from the left hemisphere, but I think ultimately religion is a right hemisphere awareness that the left just doesn’t get. It is primarily through my religious practices that I most strongly feel what Jill Bolte Taylor describes as her right hemisphere awareness, a sense of deep inner peace and connectedness with the Universe, a Universe full of dynamic vitality.

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Starstuff, Contemplating by Jon Cleland Host: “Treasures Hidden in Plain Sight”

It’s so easy to take this for granted – we’re used to it as a normal part of life. But consider what it would be like to describe the “seasons” to an otherwise similar person who lived on an otherwise similar planet with little or no axial tilt. It might go something like this.

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Postpagan Ceremony & Ecology by Glen Gordon: “Sacred Seasonal Narrative for Today’s Humanism and Naturalism”

Religious humanists and spiritual naturalists are experts at finding meaning in the ordinary. Marking sacred days, such as the solstices and equinoxes, reminds us of the sacred mystery of life that we interact with everyday.

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A Pedagogy of Gaia, by Bart Everson: “Solstice Connections”

What is the reason for the reason? It’s not the solstice per se, but the instinct behind it. It’s “the same instinct” behind Natalis Invicti. What is that instinct? It wasn’t until I encountered the Wheel of the Year that I started making the necessary connections.

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