My Religion is Rooted in the Holy Powers of the Soil

My religion is rooted. In fact, it is a religion of roots … and of tubers and worms and actinobacteria. I am a dirt worshipping Pagan. My gospel is the gospel of compost. [Read more…]

“Atheist Pagan” Does Not Equal “Secular Pagan”

Yes, atheist Paganism is “a thing.” And it should neither be confused with secularism nor reduced to humanism. [Read more…]

“Pantheism, Archetype, and Deities in Ritual” by Shauna Aura Knight

Check out this great 3-part series by Shauna Aura Knight discussing deities and archetypes and how she facilitates ritual in a way that can work for polytheists and pantheists alike. Part 1: “When I lead a ritual, I’m far less concerned with teaching and enforcing any given theology than I am with getting ritual participants [Read More…]

We are the Earth … aren’t we? (The power of the preposition)

The purpose of the Pagan Community Statement on the Environment is not to create some kind of Pagan Creed, but to make a statement about what being Pagan means for our relationship to the Earth and to offer our unique perspective on the causes of the environmental disaster we are facing. Which phrasing better accomplishes that purpose? “We are the Earth, the Earth is us.” OR “We are of the Earth, and the Earth is part of us.”? [Read more…]

Fruits of the Deep Ecology Tree: Pantheism

Pantheism means “All (pan-) is God (theos)”. Pantheism is the belief that God/dess is not remote or separate from nature, but immanent within it. [Read more…]

Roots of the Deep Ecology Tree: John Muir, “Prophet of the Wilderness”

John Muir’s language sometimes came close to pantheism, or even animism. His language would be familiar to Neo-Pagans today: “I will touch naked God,” he wrote in anticipation of a trip into Yosemite. Elsewhere he wrote, “The whole wilderness seems to be alive and familiar, full of humanity. The very stones seem talkative, sympathetic, brotherly. No wonder when we think that we all have the same Father and Mother.” [Read more…]