Humanistic Paganism

Category: Starstuff, Contemplating


[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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[Starstuff, Contemplating] “Lunasa: The Power of Summer!” byHeather and Jon Cleland Host

Lunasa celebrates this heat at its peak: this is the hottest part of the summer. It is also the holiday to celebrate the fruits of summer’s heat with the first harvests of the year.

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[Starstuff, Contemplating] “Celebrating the Sun on Summer Solstice” by Heather and Jon Cleland-Host

On Solstice, we celebrate both the amazingness of the fragility and impossibility of Life and the overwhelming joy of the Life all around us. This is it! Isn’t it AMAZING?!

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[Starstuff, Contemplating] “New Life on the Spring Equinox (Ostara)!” by Heather (and Jon) Cleland-Host

We grasp these first signs of Spring with excitement and joy, but it does not compare to the joy of our Ancestors. The return of Spring was the end of the death in winter, the return of life. It was hope. The signs of the return of Spring and the fertility of the Earth were of great importance. It is why they persist to the modern day:

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