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What to look forward to in October at HP

October 2, 2014

 

This Month at HP

This month, we continue our early fall theme: “Life and Death“.

Oct 5  “Death: Sacred, Necessary, Real” by Michael Dowd

Oct 8  “Vulture” by Robinson Jeffers

Oct 12  Postpagan Ceremony & Ecology by Glen Gordon

Oct 15  Mid-Month Meditation: “Breaths”

Oct 19  Starstuff, Contemplating by Jon Cleland Host

Oct 22  Samhain poem by Linette Jensen

Oct 26  A Pedagogy of Gaia by Bart Everson: “The Other Equinox”

Oct 29  The Wheel of Evolution by Eric Steinhart: Samhain

Oct 31  DE NATURA DEORUM: “On the Road with the Wild Huntsman” by pagainaidd

HP Calendar for October

Oct 2  Gandhi’s birthday and International Day of Non-Violence

* first Monday in October is World Habitat Day

October 8 – Total Lunar Eclipse. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes completely through the Earth’s dark shadow, or umbra. During this type of eclipse, the Moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of North America, South America, eastern Asia, and Australia. (NASA Map and Eclipse Information)

Oct 12  Cosmic Calendar: First photosynthesis occurs 3 bya

Oct 16  World Food Day

Oct 17  International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Oct 29  Cosmic Calendar: Oxygenation of atmosphere occurs 2.4 bya

Oct 31/Nov 1  Neo-Pagan autumn cross-quarter day (Samhain) / Halloween

Oct 31  Anniversary of the publication of The Spiral Dance and Drawing Down the Moon

We reached 10% of our funding goal … 30 days left!

September 30, 2014

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Our Goal:  To place an add for HP on the main page of The Wild Hunt.

What we need:  $538

What you can do:  Go to HP’s Indiegogo campaign.

 

You can help HumanisticPaganism place an add at The Wild Hunt, the primary online destination for news relating to and of interest to contemporary Pagans.  The Wild Hunt is our third largest referrer of traffic to HumanisticPaganism.com, after Facebook and search engines. HumanisticPaganism is piggybacking on The Wild Hunt’s Fall Funding Drive.  The Wild Hunt is offering to place a graphical underwriting ad on the main page of wildhunt.org for the first 20 people to contribute $500.  An ad at The Wild Hunt would greatly increase the visibility of HumanisticPaganism and draw more people to our community.  If we reach our $538 goal ($500 + $38 Indiegogo fees), we will contribute $500 to The Wild Hunt and receive a graphical underwriting ad on the main page of wildhunt.org.  If we don’t reach our goal, $150 will be contributed to The Wild Hunt (making us an affiliate) and the balance will be retained for next year’s campaign. Any contribution over $10 will get you a shout out at HumanisticPaganism (unless you prefer to remain anonymous). Contribute $25 or more and we will link to the website or blog of your choice on the front page of HP. To contribute, go to HumanisticPaganism’s Indiegogo campaign.

“The Death of Everything” by Brock Haussamen

September 28, 2014

Editor’s note: This essay was originally published at Brock Haussamen’s blog 3.8 Billion Years.

I wrote last year about my five fears of dying. They included four familiar ones—fear of pain and fears of letting go of my life and my ego—along with one that is hazier and less familiar. This is the fear, as I wrote then, that when I die “the rest of the universe will end also. It’s a quirk of the brain, I think—a spinoff of trying to imagine nothingness.” This fear is not severe or continuous—it comes in flashes—but it is recurring. I don’t know if others have this experience. I haven’t read or heard that they do. I grant that this fear may have some roots in my particular psyche, but I also suspect that others have probably felt irrationally that their death will in some way threaten things or people beyond themselves. Read more…

“Why I’m Religious but not Spiritual” by Eric Saumur

September 26, 2014

Religious but not Spiritual

I was raised an atheist. My parents were careful to explain the importance of respecting other people’s religious beliefs but they didn’t see the point in us knowing anything about religious practice. Certainly we never celebrated or ritualized our beliefs.

But the idea of religious practice fascinated me. I had beliefs that were important to me: evolution, environmentalism, love, respect for all individuals in their glorious diversity. I wanted to share those beliefs, I wanted to celebrate them with a community. Read more…

A Review of Donald A. Crosby’s A Religion of Nature, by CrafterYearly

September 24, 2014

A Religion of Nature [Image from State University of New York Press's Website]

I recently finished reading A Religion of Nature by Donald A. Crosby. And while it wasn’t the most pleasurable reading experience, it was still an important one. Crosby, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Colorado State University, writes in the style of an analytic philosopher—which is to say that his writing is exceedingly clear, direct, and understandable, but not particularly poetic or moving. I can see where many non-philosophers would be put off by his style of writing. But I think that’s a shame, because A Religion of Nature is an important book that should be read widely, especially by Pagans. Read more…

Help HP advertise at The Wild Hunt

September 23, 2014

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Our Goal:  To place an add for HP on the main page of The Wild Hunt.

What we need:  $538

What you can do:  Go to HP’s Indiegogo campaign.

 

You can help HumanisticPaganism place an add at The Wild Hunt, the primary online destination for news relating to and of interest to contemporary Pagans.  The Wild Hunt is our third largest referrer of traffic to HumanisticPaganism.com, after Facebook and search engines. HumanisticPaganism is piggybacking on The Wild Hunt’s Fall Funding Drive.  The Wild Hunt is offering to place a graphical underwriting ad on the main page of wildhunt.org for the first 20 people to contribute $500.  An ad at The Wild Hunt would greatly increase the visibility of HumanisticPaganism and draw more people to our community.  If we reach our $538 goal ($500 + $38 Indiegogo fees), we will contribute $500 to The Wild Hunt and receive a graphical underwriting ad on the main page of wildhunt.org.  If we don’t reach our goal, $150 will be contributed to The Wild Hunt (making us an affiliate) and the balance will be retained for next year’s campaign. Any contribution over $10 will get you a shout out at HumanisticPaganism (unless you prefer to remain anonymous). Contribute $25 or more and we will link to the website or blog of your choice on the front page of HP. To contribute, go to HumanisticPaganism’s Indiegogo campaign.

Autumn Equinox

September 22, 2014

In the Northern Hemisphere, the equinox is celebrated today as Mabon, also called Herfest, Halig, and Harvest Home.  (Those in the Southern Hemisphere celebrate Eostar at this time.)

Mike Nichols writes of the day: “Mythically, this is the day of the year when the God of Light is defeated by his twin and alter ego, the God of Darkness. It is the time of the year when night conquers day.” The metaphor for the natural solar cycle is perfectly clear, and easily appreciable by naturalists.  Likewise with the agricultural myth of John Barleycorn, personification of the ripened grain:

“Often this corn spirit was believed to reside most especially in the last sheaf or shock harvested, which was dressed in fine clothes, or woven into a wicker-like man-shaped form. This effigy was then cut and carried from the field, and usually burned, amidst much rejoicing.”

Read more…

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