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Walking Barefoot: What Science Is Good For (and What It Isn’t)

Paganism invites us to plunge into matter, to lose ourselves in the sensual experience of the world. But sometimes our big brains get in the way. For me, paganism isn’t an invitation to believe in pseudoscience. It’s an invitation to experience the world without any preconceived notions of what is and isn’t real.

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Naturalistic “Pagan” Books You Won’t Find in the Metaphysical Section

What naturalistic (small-p) pagan books have been an inspiration to you?

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[A Pedagogy of Gaia] “School’s Out; Summer’s Here” by Bart Everson

Maybe that’s why I love summer so much. More than any other, it’s the season of liberty. It represents an enduring freedom of the spirit. Sometimes, on the best days, it seems that summer stands outside of the regular flow of time, magical, eternal.

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Naturalistic Paganism Toolbox: Enchant the Everyday

What simple, seemingly mundane objects or events in your life might become sacred for you? Have you ever felt compelled to pour a little water from your water bottle onto the dry ground? What would it be like to experience the numinosity of a soap dish or a window latch? What might your kettle or your cooking pot teach you about the sacred?

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Do Trees Have Rights? (the short version), by John Halstead

General acceptance of the phrase, “the rights of nature”, could trigger a paradigm shift in Western consciousness, a shift from viewing nature instrumentally–as having value only for humans–to viewing nature as inherently valuable–as having value in its own right. And that could have profound consequences for human behavior and our impact on the more-than-human world.

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