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Category: The Naturalistic Pagan Toolbox


Naturalistic Pagan Toolbox: How to Construct a Morning Ritual

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A morning ritual doesn’t have to be complicated, or even difficult. If you don’t have a morning ritual, these elements may help you construct one, or if you have one already, this may help you refine yours.

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Naturalistic Pagan Toolbox: Eco-Shrines by John Halstead

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This column is for sharing ideas for religious technologies which we might use or adapt to deepen our Naturalistic Pagan practices. It includes the ideas and experiences of others, as well as some of my own, and I welcome you to…

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The Naturalistic Pagan Toolbox: “Spiritual Naturalist Drumming” by DT Strain

The supreme priest of Russian neo-pagans beats his drum while his followers dance around the bonfire celebrating the summer solstice in Maloyaroslavets, some 200 kilometres south-west from Moscow, Russia, early Sunday, June 21, 2009. The festivities of Ivan Kupala _ or John the Baptist _ is similar to Mardi Gras and reflects pre-Christian Slavic traditions and practices. After the 1991 Soviet collapse Russia has seen a revival of Russian Orthodox church along with a surge of peripheral movements and creeds (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

As the famous jazz musician John Coltrane said, “All a musician can do is get closer to the sources of nature, and so feel that he is in communion with the natural laws”. Drumming, like any practice, may not be for everyone, but it is this very real and very natural enhanced perception that makes drumming a potential source of spiritual transformation.

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The Naturalistic Pagan Toolbox: Speaking of/to Nature

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Robin Kimmerer argues for changing our language as a way of changing our relationship to nature. She urges us to adopt a “grammar of animacy.” She calls this “a kind of reverse linguistic imperialism, a shift in worldview through the humble work of the pronoun.”

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The Naturalistic Pagan Toolbox: Beyond the Wheel of the Year

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In this column, I want to share ideas for religious technologies which we might use or adapt to deepen our Naturalistic Pagan practices. I will be sharing the ideas and experiences of others, as well as some of my own, and I welcome you to send me your ideas for sharing in future posts. If you have discovered a ritual technique which works for you that you would like to add to the Naturalistic Pagan Toolbox, send me an email.

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