Naturalistic Paganism

Category: The Naturalistic Pagan Toolbox


No-Nonsense Paganism: Introduction

If you’re interested in listening to the place where you live, in cultivating your relationship with the more-than-human world in your neighborhood, in turning that instinctive feeling of joy or thanksgiving at the turning of the seasons into a simple but powerful ritual, in celebrating being alive and just feeling more human, then this will be a good place to start.

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“Ritual Technologies, Part 2” by Mark Green (Naturalistic Pagan Toolbox)

There is great joy in living in the animal self for a time, such as dancing around a fire to the beat of drums. It’s a challenge, for bleached-out men like me, getting to that animal self and honoring it. But I try, and I encourage you to try, too.

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“Ritual Technologies, Part 1” by Mark Green (Naturalistic Pagan Toolbox)

As I get older, I find I treasure more and more the times when I can experience my animal self. Singing. Dancing. Howling at the moon. In ritual, there are techniques that make it easier.

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“Just Do It!”: Ritual for Atheists by Mark Green (Naturalistic Pagan Toolbox)

The challenge for atheists who move in the direction of ritual observances is that the atheist/skeptic community lauds the analytical part of the brain, and many atheists are accustomed to living there as much as they can. And that is the exact part of the brain you want largely to turn off during ritual.

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Naturalistic Paganism Toolbox: Enchant the Everyday

What simple, seemingly mundane objects or events in your life might become sacred for you? Have you ever felt compelled to pour a little water from your water bottle onto the dry ground? What would it be like to experience the numinosity of a soap dish or a window latch? What might your kettle or your cooking pot teach you about the sacred?

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