Naturalistic Paganism

Category: Bart Everson


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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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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Romancing the void, by Bart Everson

It seems in our culture we are afraid of silence and emptiness. We fill our days with activities and rush about and chatter a lot, but underneath this superficial noise many of us feel somewhat hollow. If we pause we…

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The impossibility of Atheism, by Bart Everson

I’ve identified myself as an atheist for many years, but now I’m reconsidering this label. It’s not that my worldview has changed. It’s a matter of intellectual honesty. I started rethinking this after reading an essay on Religion Dispatches in…

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Making stock, taking stock, by Bart Everson

We’ve had the habit for many years of constantly making stock. We are always saving any bits of vegetables left after slicing and dicing — carrot tops, onion skins — as well as the occasional bone. We save these in the fridge and, every few days, we boil them in water to make a stock. The stock grows richer, and darker, and more flavorful, with each iteration. Making stock is a metaphor for what I’m doing right now. As I continue my quest for discovery and definition, I’ve been storing up bits and pieces, ideas and aspects. I want to pause, take stock, simmer in my own juices for a moment, see where I’m at so far.

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