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.
I hope that moving forward, we are able to disagree respectfully, as friends, to recognize our common goals and community, and sometimes, to join in powerful and moving rituals, regardless of the fact that some of us see the underlying basis of those rituals differently. With that, we might be able to bring a life-centered Paganism to millions, who might fit better into this or that part of our wider Pagan community, with many of us working together to build a better future for the whole web of life.Read More
I was grateful to have the opportunity to share a bit about our path with the wider naturalistic community. Spiritual Naturalism Today is a podcast about all forms of Spiritual Naturalism, including Naturalistic Paganism.Read More
The night is without moon, and hardly missed, For lamps obscure the way with shady shapes Like puppetries; but lampless nights assist A stranger drama, parting thus the drapes Of other-vision’s show: the dreamy scapes Unveil their scenes on deprivation’s…Read More
Our late autumn theme here at HP is “Responsibility“. This is the second in a 3-part series, looking critically at contemporary Neo-Paganism from an earth-centered perspective. Note: The views expressed in this essay are the author’s and are not necessarily representative…Read More