Humanistic Paganism

Monthly Archives: October 2016


Happy Fall Equitherm (Samhain)!

Death, the dead, and our Ancestors fill our minds today. However you are celebrating, may your be celebration be blessed.

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[Rotting Silver] “Dearly Departed, O Vapor of Earth” by B. T. Newberg

Dearly departed, O vapor of earth,

Though briefly sprayed, arise now for thy rebirth;

And though thy mist shall roll beyond the veil,

O’er summery lands or listless oceans pale,

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Neopaganism v. Shinto: Death and Darkness, by Megan Manson

Despite accepting that “light” and “dark” are not really polarised, Shinto in general tends to avoid images related to death and darkness. While black and other dark colours are commonly used by Western Pagans, Shinto is usually associated with white, as well as bright red, gold and green – black is avoided for the most part.

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DNA Testing: Making Ancestor Worship a Science! by Renee Lehnen

When people learn about their DNA, they strengthen their ties to our great big 7 billion member human family. Each and every one of us is the child of sturdy people who survived plagues, war, bad hair days, and myriad calamities. Our ancestors, royal and pauper, had a 100 per cent success rate in the game of life. We face the future with our illustrious, amazing, inherited DNA.

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“Is Anyone Else Getting Weird Vibes?”: On Confirmation Bias and Emotional States, by Lupa Greenwolf

It’s okay to want to not feel alone in your thoughts and feelings. But remember that we humans share a lot of common experiences. And it’s natural for us to feel empathy for others in the same situation we’re in: welcome to being a social species of ape. We evolved this connection to each other over millions of years, and we share it with lots of other species, too.

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