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Letters from an Eccentric Uncle: A Naturalistic Pagan Reads the Havamal by Renee Lehnen

A thousand years of Christianity separate Uncle Odin and us. The minds behind the words could not have imagined lost luggage or traffic jams or office parties, yet there is comfort and inspiration in the Havamal. To me, Odin’s poetry is the collective voice of the wise elders of pre-Christian, Pagan northern Europe. Through the Havamal and the Poetic Edda, Pagan teachings stand shoulder to shoulder with the literature of other ancient religions and philosophies.

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Confessions of a Naturalistic Witch, by Anna Walther

The goal of my naturalistic practice is not to project my will onto the world, but instead to harmonize my will with reality, which is Nature. In other words, I want to fully inhabit my life in this one world just as it is. I have no evidence for an otherworld, but belief in an otherworld is not required, for the meaningful practice of magic.

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Critiquing “Naturalism”, by John Halstead

As Naturalistic Pagans, I think we are uniquely positioned to transcend the limitations of both reductionist science and superstitious forms of Paganism.  We can can elucidate the distinction between subjective nature and objective nature, without denigrating the former.  We can valorize human experience, without confusing experience with objects.  This is how we re-enchant the world, not by looking for gods or fairies in the space between atoms or in strands of DNA, but by imbuing both–gods and atoms, fairies and DNA–with human meaning.

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“What Naturalism Means to Me” by DT Strain

With the new year, we are starting a new series called, “What Naturalism Means to Me”.  It is an opportunity for our readers, like you, to share what Naturalism means for you.  We are looking for essays between 1000-3000 words. …

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“Naturalism by Numbers” by Eric Steinhart

With the new year, we are starting a new series called, “What Naturalism Means to Me”.  It is an opportunity for our readers, like you, to share what Naturalism means for you.  We are looking for essays between 1000-3000 words. …

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