Naturalistic Traditions: Modern Cosmology

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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...]

Gateway Goddess: Through the Desert, Home

Blue sky, red rocks, hardy plants teach spiritual lessons in Red Rock Canyon, Nevada

The desert was beautiful. I loved looking at the texture of the mountains, the rocks, the sand, the spiky and determined plants. I reveled in the intense blue of the sky, the breathtaking abundance of stars. Yet, never before have I felt so unable to connect with the spirits of a place. [Read more...]

Astrology Book Review: The Moon’s Nodes

The Moon's Nodes by Agneta Borstein

Borstein’s insights into human relationships and the growing pains of the soul come straight from the Vedic (Hindu) astrological tradition, where gods, goddesses and demons figure as nature forces in the form of planets and points that take an active role in our lives. [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Innate Paganism

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If you’re like me, you get to the cold, dark, damp days and think, ‘Bloody hell, I could use cheering up.’ Innate Paganism is the simple idea that most human beings respond to the environment in similar ways. [Read more...]

Naturalistic Traditions: All Things January

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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

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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

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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 last [Read More...]


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