The Zen Pagan: Wild Naked Minds

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Should we be afraid of wild mind? That is certainly the message of some religious paths and philosophical schools. You, in the wild state, are wretched. (That’s why nakedness is sinful. Cover your shame!) The universe is wretched. Left to its own nature life is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short, a war of all against all, sinners in the hand of an angry God, headed straight for Hell at any moment, and only Divine — i.e., Super-Natural, Unwild — Intervention can save us. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: Wild Naked Pagans

Tom Swiss

In other words, we must get wild with our spirituality, untamed and direct. It seems to me that this is why the Neopagan movement exists in the first place, a reaction to the inability of “civilized” religion to deal with the circumstances in which humanity finds itself. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: Martial Arts as Magical Practice

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The martial arts are magic — they use imagination to raise and direct psychological energy to alter consciousness and produce external or internal change. Those looking to understand magical practice might want to look to the example the arts provide, and those involved in martial arts training may want to look at magic for ideas to deepen their training.
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The Zen Pagan: Has Pagan Environmentalism Failed?

Tom Swiss

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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