Humanistic Paganism

[A Pedagogy of Gaia] How I Celebrated the Equinox by Bart Everson

The Equinox fell on a Friday this year. I took the day off work.

If we lived in a truly Earth-honoring society, I wouldn’t have to do this. If our society cherished our planet as source and sustainer of life, the Equinox would be surely be more widely known and celebrated as a sort of secular holy day. But we don’t live in such a society, to our impoverishment and peril. And that’s why we need to nourish a revolutionary spirit. And that’s why I make a point to celebrate the Equinox. And that’s why I took the day off. Read More

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Happy Fall Equinox!

Happy Fall Equinox, or Mabon!  Of course, our spherical planet also gives us the beautiful symmetry of the Spring Equinox (& Ostara) being celebrated now by our Southern Hemisphere friends.

Celebrations

Some of the ways many of us are celebrating were published a few weeks ago.  In addition to those, the night sky is rapidly becoming more accessible now with the growing darkness.  This growing darkness can be a reminder of the stunning eclipse we just experienced,  other celestial events, or a time to look more inward.  In whatever way you are celebrating, Happy Equinox!

Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess – with Contributions from Glenys Livingstone

“Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess restores the original vision of celebrating cultural and natural landmarks from the perspective of Goddess feminist activism. By taking such categories as time, seasons, nature and the female divine as a point of departure, this book brings modern minds out of patriarchal holiday conventions and invites the reader to join the sobering chorus, led by our 35 authors—writers, researchers, poets, artists, ritualists, photographers and activists from around the world. At an individual level, this book presents a wide range of thealogical expressions in 88 chapters that are self-transcending and metamorphic. …” Read More

Learning to Live in Time and Place by Émile Wayne

I will soon celebrate the one-year anniversary of my cross-country trek from southern California to New Jersey, as well as my birthday. Anniversaries are good opportunities to stop and take stock of things, to imagine what could have been done differently, to come to some (tentative) conclusions about “what it all means.”

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The Fall Equinox Approaches!

In the Northern Hemisphere, the fall equinox is celebrated in a couple weeks (it is September 22nd this year) as Mabon, also called Harvest Home.  (Those in the Southern Hemisphere celebrate the spring equinox, Ostara, at this time.)

Growing Darkness…….

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: Read More

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