Countdown to Earth Day 2016: #5 Restory the World

One thing you can do to honor the Earth this Earth Day is to question the myths which underlie the status quo. Magic is the art of changing consciousness. Create art, music, chants, poetry, and fiction to help us imagine a new kind of society which has only barely begun to be dreamed of. [Read more…]

Countdown to Earth Day 2016: #6 Fight Capitalism

Our capitalist economic system is fundamentally incompatible with a healthy planetary ecosystem. We live on a planet with finite resources, but our economic system is premised on infinite growth. And since we can’t change the laws of nature, we must change our economic system. This means challenging some of our most cherished myths. Capitalism infects all of our relationships: with other people, with other-than-human beings, and with the Earth. We learned these ways of thinking, and we can unlearn them. [Read more…]

Countdown to Earth Day 2016: #7 Reconnect With Wild Nature

If we really want to practice a nature religion or an earth-centered spirituality, then we should learn where we are on the earth and “learn the songs of that place, the song of water and the song of wind.” Science can help us do that. Even if you live in a city, there are still plants and animals all around. “Saving the earth” can seem remote if you have no experience of the land around you. [Read more…]

Countdown to Earth Day 2016: #8 Learn Old Skills

Resilient communities are those can better withstand the shock of environmental change and economic collapse. One part of building resilience is re-skilling. We have lost many of the skills that our grandparents took for granted half a century ago — but we can relearn them. [Read more…]

The Awkward Adolescence of the Polytheist Movement: Defining Community at the Edges

The contemporary Polytheist movement is in its adolescence, and like every adolescence, it’s awkward and accompanied by a lot of exclamatory rhetoric … but it will be outgrown. Of course, just as there are adolescents who are wise beyond their years and more mature than their parents, there are also parts of the Polytheist movement which are like this. I suspect they are made up of people who are more concerned with cultivating a rich cultural center than with building walls at the boundaries. [Read more…]

Sharing Our Stories, Sharing Our Gods

We don’t own our myths … or our gods … or their images. And we shouldn’t act like we do. There will always be other people will understand them differently. The way they understand them may not be sacred to us, but we still have got to respect that they are sacred to them. [Read more…]


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