Willingness to take someone’s word about supposed supernatural processes and invisible beings is a formula for being abused. Healthy skepticism would have tossed this creep out on his ear long ago, but the conventions of many Pagan communities which take at face value highly improbable assertions about the nature of reality create safe contexts within which abusers can operate.
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.Read More
So fellow Naturalistic Pagans, I ask: Could you see yourselves gathering in an old, repurposed church? Does anyone have any experience in trying such an experiment? I’m all ears.Read More
Praise to the wide spinning world Unfolding each of all the destined tales compressed In the moment of your catastrophic birth Wide to the fluid expanse, blowing outward Kindling in stars and galaxies, in bright pools Of Christmas-colored gas; cohering…Read More
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…Read More