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Presenting Ourselves to the World

It is not a surprise that as it was being founded, Neopaganism looked to an imagined pastoral and pre-industrial way of life as an inspiration.

Modern Paganism's inaugural moment in the United States, about 50 years ago in the late 1960s into the mid-1970s, occurred at the same time that the Romantic idealizations of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Dungeons and Dragons and Renaissance Faires and the newly created fantasy genre and the rosy aspirations of the "back to the land" movement were taking over the aesthetic and emotional landscape of young people: particularly smart, geeky college students of the exact demographic which eventually became the Neopagan base.

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  • Mark Green
    Mark Green says #
    There is an interfaith organization in California called PICO-CA (the PICO used to be an acronym, but I can't find for what; proba
  • Mark Green
    Mark Green says #
    Thanks for your comment. >Also here's an important advocacy question, for protection against religious discrimination do non-thei
  • Mariah Sheehy
    Mariah Sheehy says #
    To be honest, religion in general isn't covered much by the media, and when it is covered it tends to be framed in particular ways
  • Tyger
    Tyger says #
    You make some very good points. I also think, there might be more people considering paganism, if they didn't have this picture of
  • Mark Green
    Mark Green says #
    Indeed! And we need more of us. More of the Earth-lovers. More of the justice-seekers. More of the kindness-dealers.
An Older, Realer Paganism: The Life and Times of a Saami Shaman-Poet

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they do not speak the language of nature

 

We take ancient gods and goddesses, revive them, and think that that's paganism.

But that's not paganism; it's a cartoon, a caricature, of paganism.

For an older, realer paganism, read the work of Saami poet Nils-Alsak Valkeapää (1943-2001).

Here there's a life lived so thoroughly among the old gods—the Sun our father, Earth mother of life, the Moon, the Winds, the Lake, the Mountain, the Reindeer—that there's no space between: a living relationship with a living world.

Listen to his shaman's song:

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Living in the Way, Part 3: The Seasonal Way

 

               The Seasonal Way is the way of the Earth. Like the heavens and Sun and Moon, the Earth too dances in the firmament. The Seasonal Way is the way of the pagan. The pagan rejoices in the coming of the solar holidays and the cross-quarter days. The Seasonal Way is the passage of life. The Seasonal Way is full of circles and cycles. Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter are growth, fruition, decline, and decay.

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Autumn Equinox: Roots Deepen

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Dorrie Joy (Somerset, UK) is a mother, grandmother and lover of the wild earth, an artist and traditional craftswoman creating sacred space for her woman and girls.

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Rites of Passage #1:  Naming Ceremonies

Some time ago, I wrote a piece about Atheopagan Rites of Passage. In it, I described life milestones that might be celebrated by an Atheopagan, and which we as Atheopagan “clergy” (we’re all clergy, since we have none—below, the ritual leader’s role is noted as “celebrant”) might be asked to officiate over.

On reflection, it occured to me that just talking about these rites of passage probably isn’t helpful enough: that having some guidelines for each such rite would be helpful to the community. So here goes the first installment in a new series: Rites of Passage.

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The Hedge: Walking Between the Worlds

The Hedge - Boundaries and Walking Between the Worlds

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The peach has wonderful mythic associations. It is a Chinese symbol of immortality, and it is often prominently displayed in depictions of the sage Lao Tzu. There is also a legend that a famous Chinese heroine Ho Hsien-Ku who lived in 7th century BC was transformed into a fairy by eating a supernatural peach. They said ever after that she lived on a diet of moonbeams and powdered mother-of-pearl.

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