Naturalistic Traditions: All Things May

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What can a naturalist celebrate in May? This post is part of Naturalistic Traditions, a column exploring naturalism in Pagan ways.  This column will cover seasonal celebrations, historical and contemporary movements, and ritual practices. Natural cycles May 4th is a Cross-quarter.  That is, it is the midpoint between the previous equinox and the upcoming solstice.  [Read More...]

Beltane: A Picture Gallery

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May your Beltane be merry! Click on the images for more information. [Read more...]

Pagan vs. Christian: The Right and Wrong Ways to Go About It

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Grand Rapids (MI) Pagan Pride Day is a wonderful event, and I used to speak there on a yearly basis. It was always well organized, featured some fantastic vendors, and had a pretty big turnout. It was always in late September/early October too, a beautiful time of year in Michigan; slightly chilly, but still invigorating [Read More...]

Family Traditions: Present, Past, Future

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The teenage girls are hunting for eggs in my parents’ yard. They pick through the splendidly overgrown vegetation, snatching at bright colors, and calling out to one another whenever they find one. But they are in a difficult position: their age demands a certain jaded attitude towards all things, so they can’t seem too excited, [Read More...]

We All Come From the Horned God, possibly, but don’t sing it…

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We all come from the Horned God, and to him we shall return, like a spark of flame, rising to the heavens . . . . . While I’ve never particularly liked that line, it’s been a welcome part of many rituals that I’ve participated in for the last fifteen years. That line served as [Read More...]

To be Silent

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Some recent conversations have led me to ponder the wisdom of the lesson of the element of Earth: to be silent.  Along with this I have been contemplating this line from the Rede ““Soft of eye and light of touch; Speak little, Listen Much”. Furthermore, I have be focusing on the form and force of Elemental earth [Read More...]

Making Light: Gods Bless Tennessee

TN was also the sit0000e of the famous 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial, in which evolution VS. creation in curriculum was debated in open court.

Just this week, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, chose not to veto the so-called “Monkey Bill” that requires science teachers to “teach the controversy” about scientific theories such as evolution and climate change. The Wild Hunt has excellent coverage here. Some of what I have to say is repeated in the comments there, but I thought [Read More...]


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