Naturalistic Traditions: Modern Cosmology

It is surely strange to begin a history of ancient naturalism with modern cosmology. Nevertheless, starting with the present can help elucidate preconceptions before proceeding to the past. In so doing, a clear picture of current understandings can be developed, the better to distinguish our own assumptions and avoid projecting them onto ancient peoples. At the same time, a foundation in the underlying concepts under investigation can be established. [Read more…]

Naturalistic Traditions: Exploring the Historical Roots of Naturalistic Paganism

Were there Naturalistic Pagans in the ancient world? This is the central question of a new series of essays exploring the historical roots of naturalistic ways among Pagans. [Read more…]

Naturalistic Traditions: All Things January

For places in the northern hemisphere with four seasons, winter has taken hold and the claws of cold grip the land. This month, we remember the Big Bang, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Chief Seattle. [Read more…]

Naturalistic Traditions: All Things December

For places in the northern hemisphere, winter has arrived. Snow pricks your cheeks, and naked branches rattle in the wind. The day of longest darkness, after which the sun begins to return, comes on December 21st as the Winter Solstice. [Read more…]

Naturalistic Traditions: All Things November

  What can a naturalist celebrate in November? 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 For places in the northern hemisphere with four seasons, autumn is giving way to the coming winter.  The [Read More…]

Naturalistic Traditions: All Things October

What can a naturalist celebrate in October? 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 For places in the northern hemisphere with four seasons, it is now well into autumn.  The temperature is cooling [Read More…]

Naturalistic Traditions: All Things September

Summer has waned, and those in a four-seasons climate are now moving into autumn. In those climates, this is also often a time when fields begin to turn gold with ripened grain, ready for harvest. An equinox, when the length of day and night are equal, will arrive on the 22nd. [Read more…]

Naturalistic Traditions: All Things August

What can a naturalist celebrate in August? 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 A month of blazing heat for those in the Northern Hemisphere, August follows the Summer Solstice.  It is therefore [Read More…]

Naturalistic Traditions: All Things July

What can a naturalist celebrate in July? 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 As the moon completes its monthly cycle, July 3rd will see a full moon, with the new moon on [Read More…]

Naturalistic Traditions: All Things June

What can a naturalist celebrate in June? 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 June 20th is a solstice.  Those in the Northern Hemisphere will experience the longest day of the year, with [Read More…]