My Eclectic Yuletide Ritual

My Yuletide ritual this year began on the winter solstice and will culminate with the dawn of the sun on New Year’s day. This ritual has evolved over several years of trial and error and I have worked to integrate the Neo-Pagan winter solstice, Christian Christmas, and secular New Year celebration. [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…]

Why “Pagan”? – An Atheist Pagan’s Response to a Theist

Why do we call ourselves “Pagan”? Why not just call ourselves atheists or humanists? What does the “Pagan” label add to our identity? [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…]

Where would we be without Wicca? (Part 2)

Without Wicca — and with the influence of esostericism thorough Wicca — Neo-Paganism might outwardly look somewhat different, especially to those of us who came to Neo-Paganism through Wicca or who practice a Wiccanate form of Paganism. But in spite of these differences, there would still be a vibrant and growing Neo-Pagan community, with unique ritual forms and a profound theology — even if Gerald Gardner had never become a witch. [Read more…]

Church is no substitute for religion, Part 2: The Spirituality Gap

“Religion” is about symbol, myth, and ritual, while “church” is about community, morality/ethics, and ideology/politics. Here in the West, it seems we’ve gotten the church cart before the “horse” of religion. Potlucks and creeds are the outgrowth of religion, not the cause of it. [Read more…]