Humanistic Paganism

Category: inspiration


Starstuff, Contemplating: The Darkest Day, 20 Years Later

I had no way of knowing that I would remember the next moment for my entire life.

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A Shinto Experience in New Zealand by Megan Manson

It may seem strange that one of the most profoundly Shinto experiences I’ve had was in New Zealand. The whole trip, from the cave’s entrance to the meditative atmosphere of the glowworm chamber, felt like a pilgrimage to a particularly powerful Shinto shrine. To me, this visit to Te Ana-Au Glowworm Caves demonstrated how universal the concept behind Shinto – the sense of respect and awe we feel in the face of Nature’s wonders – really is, and that the kami themselves truly are to be found everywhere.

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Yule (the Winter Solstice) is right around the corner!

If you have been doing your Winter Solstice traditions for years, if you are just starting your family and are currently building the traditions which will bring the Universe to your kids, or anything in between, I hope that the traditions and practices here are found to be useful, inspiring, or just comforting. We’ve already started the Solstice doors and decorating.

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Samhain (The Fall Equitherm) is just two weeks away!

Got your house decorated yet? Samhain (the Fall Equitherm) is nearly here! For many of us (including me), this is one of the most sacred times of the year – a time when I feel my Ancestors even more closely than usual.

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Visions, Part 3: The Power of Spiritual Experiences, by Jon Cleland Host (Starstuff, Contemplating)

Spiritual experiences are a powerful and wonderful part of being human – but what do they mean? Do they prove one religious path is right over all the others? What does the evidence show? What happened during my spiritual experience? Here is some discussion of these points, in this video:

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