Humanistic Paganism

Category: Starstuff, Contemplating


[Starstuff, Contemplating] “Winter Solstice: Axial Tilt is the Reason for the Season” by Heather (& Jon) Cleland-Host

… then I met Jon who practiced one single, holiday tradition: every year he watched the Sun rise on the Winter Solstice. I was awed, and I said right then, we should celebrate the Equinoxes and Summer Solstice too. That was the beginning of our family traditions together.

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[Starstuff, Contemplating] “Our Most Precious Gifts” by Jon Cleland Host

This gratitude fills my life, and comes into special focus with Samhain. So many things in our day-to-day lives can be reminders of that. Small signposts pop up with even trivial prompts. As this year draws to a close and the next approaches, these spur me on to pay these gifts forward to future generations – who are also the children of our Ancestors.

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[Starstuff, Contemplating] “The Circle of Death & Life” by Jon and Heather Cleland Host

Samhain is a time of remembrance. It is a time to honor the dead. We celebrate how our dead loved ones have shaped our lives. We are also affected by those who have gone from the living deep into our past. Samhain is an opportunity to remember those gifts, to reflect on what we have gained as human beings from ancient Ancestors that have gone long before us, both human and non-human.

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[Starstuff, Contemplating] “Samhain Approaches …” by Jon Cleland Host

Except perhaps for the Winter Solstice, Samhain is the most meaningful holiday of the year to me.  The gratitude for our Ancestors pervades my life and helps guide my actions, as many familiar with my posts already knows.  So I…

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[Starstuff, Contemplating] “Gather together: Harvest and Community” by Heather and Jon Cleland Host

In modern times, the Fall Equinox is a time when summer vacations are ending and school is beginning. Communities that were parted in the spring are reforming again. Stories are being shared. Old friendships are renewed, new friendships begun. It is a time for community. Through it all, the harvest theme shines – the harvest of plants, of stories, of so much of our lives.

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