The First Commandment of Paganism: “Thou Shalt Not Judge” (and why this is a problem)

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Paganism doesn’t have any commandments, like the Abrahamic religions, but if we did, I think the First Commandment of Paganism would be “Thou shalt not judge another’s experience”. And I think this is a problem. [Read more...]

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

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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...]

The Secret History of the Triple Goddess, Part 2: The Search for the Triple Goddess of Antiquity

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I trace the evolution of the Greco-Roman triple goddess par excellence: Hekate-Diana. Many Pagans will be familiar with the Hekate and Diana as triple goddesses, but they did not start out that way. The Greek goddess Hekate begins as a singular Great Goddess. She then becomes a tri-formed goddess of witchcraft, the moon, and crossroads, and is syncretized with the Roman goddess Diana. Finally, in Apulieus’ Golden Ass, Hekate-Diana is syncretized with the Great Goddess again. Along the way, she takes the form of “triplicities” and “triads”, but only hints at a true “triunity”. [Read more...]

The Secret History of the Triple Goddess, Part 1: Triads, Triplicities, and Trinities

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The origin of the Robert Graves’ Triple Goddess has been hidden from us, because the text on which Graves most likely relied upon was never translated into English … until now. [Read more...]

Interstellar and Capitalism: Imagining a Different Future

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More than any other religious group in the West, perhaps, Pagans can remember a time when Christianity was not the dominant mode of religious discourse. We can imagine a future which is not only post-Christian, but post-monotheistic. And to the extent that our relationship with the environment is bound up with a monotheistic paradigm, we are uniquely situated to help imagine a society which has a radically different relationship with the environment. [Read more...]

“We’re Already Living in a Tree”: Eco-Consciousness and a Life Worth Living

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We hide from ourselves our immersion in nature. We do this by surrounding ourselves with artifice — things which are nature, but appear to be otherwise. So much so that I can forget that I am already living in a structure made of trees, that something died so I could have shelter. [Read more...]


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