So what do Naturalistic Pagans do? After all, the beliefs are pretty straightforward: evidence based, in agreement with mainstream science (which is tentative itself), but what about practices? Announcing our Naturalistic Pagan Practices Hub Page! This page will be an evolving work in progress, growing as new resources appear.
If you are new, you instead may want to dip your toes in slowly, at this link.
Many Practices, One Universe
Here are a collection of links to many of the things we do (feel free to submit yours!). Also, for all of these, additional Pagan resources can be found online as well.
- Daily Practices (Everyday, Morning Ritual, Earlier Morning Ritual, Daily )
- Setting up an Altar or Focus (Some objects for one’s altar here)
- Rituals Part 1, & 2, Step by step ritual planner, another ritual page, and an Eclipse Ritual
- Ritual Tools/Sacred Objects (Here is Mark’s Favorite)
- Sabbats/Holidays (The Wheel of the Year – here are some poems for each)
- Overview of Celebration ideas:
- How One Family Celebrates:
- Meditation – Many resources online. It can be a useful part of a daily/weekly practice.
- Fire calls upon our deep human past. It’s a great addition to rituals and other practices, whether group, solitary, or family.
- Helping to build a better world. Any spirituality which doesn’t include work towards a better world seems empty at best, narcissistic at worst (spiritual bypassing).
- Raising Children (It’s an important part of parenting to build critical, reality based thinking (see below), even though the dominant culture discourages that so as to preserve Christian privilege. So is opening their eyes to the wonder of our Universe and giving them a Pagan foundation along with the freedom to build on it or not.)
- (see the Family Sabbat practices above for kids aspects to each Sabbat)
- Circle ‘round http://serpentinemusic.com/circleround/
- Environmental help
- Political Activism, opposing theocracy, intolerance, racism, Why is political activism an important spiritual practice in Naturalist Paganism? Answer: here, here, and here.
- Building and spreading knowledge
- Supporting critical thinking, fact checking, and source testing (of course these links are just a start).
- Using critical thinking to avoid being fooled yourself (yes this is an important spiritual practice which both helps our future world as well as helping you, and ranges over cults, scams, controlling/toxic religions/groups, racist/white supremacist groups, science denial – such as flat earthers, anti-vaxxers, climate deniers, creationists, etc. – quack “medicine”, and many more).
- Ritual, teaching, and meditative use of Sacred Beads/Cosmala Example: Morgan Moran’s beads are at right. Also, making your Cosmala or other sacred bead set is a spiritual practice in itself.
- Watching the sky and astronomical events like eclipses & meteor showers – The Perseids on ~August 12 and the Geminids on ~December 14 are the best ones.
- Pilgrimage – recommended at least once in your life
- Divination (Tarot, Runes, Scrying, more)
- Rites of Passage are important, so you deserve to have them fit you and your beliefs. Don’t let others force you to make your sacred ceremony reflect their beliefs over yours. Resource for making your Naturalistic Pagan ceremony are at that link, plus UU ministers can often help. Want more ideas? Ask on the facebook groups, keep looking, and even perform a ritual to boost your creativity!
- Spending time in the outdoors, building an eco or land shrine, & connecting to places both new and familiar.
- More practices are here: The Naturalistic Pagan Toolbox
This is, of course, not a comprehensive list. There’s so much more out there! May your path be fulfilling and beneficial to both yourself and our wider world.