Naturalistic Paganism

Category: Shauna Aura Knight

“Pantheism, Archetype, and Deities in Ritual, Part 3” by Shauna Aura Knight

At a certain point, I leave the theological wrestling behind. I focus on technique and what works. Singing works, drumming works, chanting works, dancing works. Trance language works. And story works, every time. Whether I believe they are gods or just old stories, it doesn’t really matter. The stories themselves drive us and inspire us; always have, probably always will.

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“Pantheism, Archetype, and Deities in Ritual, Part 2” by Shauna Aura Knight

I believe that we cannot encompass the whole of the divine, and our story-loving minds not only want to tell stories about what we see and make meaning out of it, we also tend to work better with concepts we can wrap our brains around. When we think of gods and spirits that look like us, perhaps that’s just a way that we can more easily connect to that larger divine. Perhaps we need that mirror, that gateway. Perhaps the larger divine around us is just too huge to encompass, so we shape it into a face we know well—our own.

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“Pantheism, Archetype, and Deities in Ritual, Part 1” by Shauna Aura Knight

I do believe in the larger divine, in that something else, in that energy beneath the surface. I just don’t believe that it takes much of a direct hand in our lives. It’s just love…energy…something that doesn’t fit well into words.

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“I Don’t Believe in Purification” by Shauna Aura Knight

If there is one thing about my own spiritual calling that is the most inspiring to me, it’s that moment when someone goes deep and awakens. When we are singing together in a ritual and I see them crack open, I see them connect to that something larger, touch their fingertips to that mystery they are seeking.

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