Humanistic Paganism

Category: John Halstead


Eight Ways Pagans Can Celebrate Earth Day

For many contemporary Pagans, Paganism takes the form of a nature religion or earth-centered spirituality. According to Religious Studies scholar, Michael York, a nature religion is one that has “a this-worldly focus and deep reverence for the earth as something sacred and something to be cherished.” Not surprisingly then, Earth Day (April 22 this year) is a holy day for many Pagans. Here are some ways that we Pagans can celebrate Earth Day.

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Naturalistic Pagan Toolbox: Poetic Ritual Language

Symbolic language, like poetry, is a rich resource which we can and should tap in order to make more our rituals more emotionally powerful and personally and collectively transformative. This requires more than just adding a poem into a preexisting ritual. It means using poetic language as a substitute for all discursive language in our rituals. In fact, it means treating the entire ritual as a poem.

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PantheaCon Raises Questions About the Future of Non-Theistic Paganism

I am left wondering about what the future holds for the non-theist Pagan community. We began to coalesce under the pressure of extinction from an external force: evangelical polytheism. But now that open hostilities have ceased, will the non-theistic Pagan community thrive in this newly accommodating environment?

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A Call to the Humanistic Pagan Community: Please help Glen Gordon

My friend and fellow Humanistic Pagan contributor, Glen Gordon, has asked the HP community for help. This is an opportunity for us to show the kind of community we are. It is an opportunity for us to help take care of one of our own.

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Naturalistic Pagan Toolbox: How to Construct a Morning Ritual

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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