The Zen Pagan: Has Pagan Environmentalism Failed?

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As we look around at the ecological crisis that faces us today, it’s reasonable to ask if this movement has failed. But like the karate student with the broken arm, we have to ask that not in comparison to a perfect outcome, but to what the result would be if we did nothing. Would we have an significant environmental movement at all if it were not for this soft voice in the background whispering, “There is something sacred here”? [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: The Quiet Side of Magic

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It seems to me that to be a great magician is to be able to sit quietly when it is time to sit, and to be able to act boldly when it is time to act; to be able to listen and to speak, to see and to do — and to know when the time is right for each. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: Festival Paganism as Pilgrimage

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It’s interesting to think that pilgrimage, travel for religious reasons, seems to predate civilization. The circuit of summer Pagan festivals may provide something along this line; pilgrims come from hundreds, even thousands, of miles to places like to Ramblewood and Wisteria to form periodic communities, temporary autonomous zones that appear, disperse, and reappear. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: An Introduction, and a Buddhist Earth Deity

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Welcome to The Zen Pagan. “The what Pagan?” some Pagan readers may be wondering; and perhaps “The Zen what?” may be heard from Patheos Buddhist, if this should leak over there. But if prior discussions are any guide some readers are saying “Oh! Yes, that’s it!” [Read more...]


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