Humanistic Paganism

Category: ritual


“Gathering Around the Well: Ideas for Deepening Humanistic Pagan Community in 2015″ by Anna Walther

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I think conditions are favorable not only to maintain the well, but also to deepen it, by beginning to do ritual together. Our community meets primarily online, and geography separates us, so in-person, face-to-face meetings pose a challenge, but applications such as Skype and Google Hangouts make group calls relatively easy. What about regular group meditations, perhaps on each of the solar festivals of the Wheel of the Year?

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“Being a Spiritual Wallflower: How Humanistic Pagans can get off the wall and dance” by John Halstead

Even under the influence of the narcotic draught, of which songs of all primitive men and peoples speak, or with the potent coming of spring that penetrates all nature with joy, these Dionysian emotions awake, and as they grow in…

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“‘As mortals pour, so do the gods': A critique of divine reciprocity” by John Halstead (Part 1)

As I pour out the water or wine or honey on the earth, I create, in the form of the stream of liquid, a living connection between myself and the earth. It is a visual and visceral representation of my connection to the earth. And in so doing, I experience both an “emptying” and also simultaneously a “filling”, as if I am both emptying the vessel of myself and filling myself at the same time, as if I am both the cup that pours and the earth which receives. In this act, I restore in a small measure that sense of sensual connection I have to the world. This for me is the true meaning of divine reciprocity.

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“Observing: The shape of the ritual” by Áine Órga

This article was first published at The Spinning of the Wheel. One question that is often raised by those who are coming to Paganism for the first time – whether naturalistic or not – is that of ritual content and…

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