My “Double Rainbow Experience”: My Winding Path to Environmental Activism (Part 3/10)

Pagans often talk about an experience of “connection” in such places. It was not so much connection that I felt that day, as immersion. I felt immersed in a great presence that was the blue and green and brown world around me, suffused with the sound of the wind blowing through the trees, the smell of the redwoods on the cool air, and the feeling my own heart beating hard. “This is it!” I kept saying, “I have to remember this!” [Read more…]

Countdown to Earth Day 2016: #3 Face Your Death

We instinctively turn away from this truth. And we engage in myriad strategies, both individually and collectively, to distract ourselves from this reality. Conspicuous consumption is one of the many examples of what Ernest Becker calls “immortality projects,” the ways in which we “rage against the dying of the light.” Ironically, this consumption only hastens our deaths — both individually (obesity, drug addiction, etc.) and collectively (climate change, war over resources, etc.). One of the ways you can honor the Earth this Earth Day is to face your own death. [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: #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…]

I Hold These Things To Be Sacred: A Reply to Sarenth Odinsson

I hold these things to be sacred and holy: all life, the earth, nature, our selves, our bodies, our relationships. [Read more…]