The Greening of Paganism, Part 2

There is a presumption among many Pagans that Paganism is and always has been a “green” religion. In fact, Oberon Zell has called it “the Green Party at prayer.” But Paganism, like every religion, is a complex mixture of concepts and practices that can be used to either rationalize environmental neglect or encourage ecological harmony. Rather than characterizing Paganism, or any other religion, as “green” or “not green,” we might rather speak about the “greening of Paganism,” an ongoing, never-to-be-complete process. [Read more…]

The Greening of Paganism, Part 1

There is a presumption among many Pagans that Paganism is and always has been a “green” religion. In fact, Oberon Zell has called it “the Green Party at prayer.” But Paganism, like every religion, is a complex mixture of concepts and practices that can be used to either rationalize environmental neglect or encourage ecological harmony. Rather than characterizing Paganism, or any other religion, as “green” or “not green,” we might rather speak about the “greening of Paganism,” an ongoing, never-to-be-complete process. [Read more…]

Countdown to Earth Day 2016: #9 Ground Your Rituals

One thing you can do to honor the Earth this Earth Day is to help reground our Pagan rituals. Let’s begin by asking the hard questions: Do our rituals help us experience the natural world or do they actually cut us off from it? Do our circles connect us to others or cut us off from the rest of the world? Is our Paganism too inwardly-focused? Is our connection to the “elements” just in our heads? Is our magic just another attempt to achieve mastery over the natural world? How “earth-centered” is our Paganism really? [Read more…]

Want To Be A Pagan?: “Climb a Fucking Tree!”

“If you want to worship nature, you don’t need a sunwheel, pentacle, or a goddess to do so – go out and climb a fucking tree, sit in its branches, learn ecology, listen to the wind rustling the leaves through the branches, watch the squirrels, strip naked and swim in the river as the sun sets. Then do whatever it takes to stop those fuckers who wanna cut that tree cause all they see is dollar signs. You don’t need a European god or goddess to tell you life is sacred.” [Read more…]

Why I’m Boycotting Lughnasadh

This weekend, I suggest we forget everything we think we know about Lughnasadh or Lammas. Instead of treading that well-worn path, let’s forget about Celtic myths from long ago and the agricultural customs of 18th century English peasants. Forget even the words “Lughnasadh” or “Lammas”. Instead, go outside. Look. Listen. Breathe in and breathe out. Bend down and touch the earth. And then ask what the world is telling you. [Read more…]

The Pagan Slur: Do we hurt the environmental movement by association?

It is probable that the people who are slurring environmentalism by association with “paganism” are already convinced that environmentalism is a bad thing, and the association with “paganism” is a post hoc rationalization. But what about more liberal Christians, who might be sympathetic to earth stewardship, but would be put off by associations with contemporary Paganism? Do we scare away more people from the environmental movement than we bring to it? Is the net effect of our association with the environmental movement negative? Do we care? [Read more…]


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