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Specific paths such as Heathenism, blended traditions, polytheist reconstructionism, etc.

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Yule Offering #2: Courage

My second hope for you at Yule is that you engage the season with bravery.

This is the time when we stand up to darkness and cold and the prospect of much more of it, and we do so with a combination of brazen silliness and real strength: the kind of strength it takes to deal with difficult family members and multiple obligations and inclement weather and looming deadlines and planned projects and lists and unsnarling the bloody lights and figuring out where we put the tree stand last year and deciphering Grandma's 40-year-old spider-scrawl on that recipe that simply MUST be made.

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What's so Radical About Naturalism?

One of the hottest points of contention between Atheopagans and both theists and hard-antitheist atheists has to do with naturalism. Naturalism is a philosophical position which holds that there is nothing which is not of the physical Universe: that there is nothing which is supernatural, and that such claimed supernatural phenomena as gods, spirits, souls, ghosts, and magic are fictitious.

Theists dispute this out of hand, of course. It makes sense that nontheist Pagans have friction with theists over this point.

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  • Mark Green
    Mark Green says #
    For the record, one fundamental difference between naturalistic Pagans and many others is that we embrace the scientific method wh
  • Aryós Héngwis
    Aryós Héngwis says #
    Mod note: Just a reminder to keep discussions courteous. We can agree to disagree on subjects of theology without being dismissive
  • Mark Green
    Mark Green says #
    I disagree. There is no credible scientific evidence for the existence of disembodied intelligences. Arbitrarily declaring that th
  • Erin Lale
    Erin Lale says #
    One need not discard the world of spirit to embrace nature. That is a false dichotomy, which springs from the monotheist religions

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Yule Offering #1: Stillness

Here’s my first hope for you at (what I consider) the New Year: the Winter Solstice, or Yule.

That after the holiday frenzy of Silly Season, after the parties and dinners and rituals, there comes a moment when you can just stop.

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Advent ... Yule ... Midwinter ... Christmas ... whatever we choose to call it, this magical time of the turning year-wheel is essential spiritual fare for those of us living in northern climes.  Of course, it is easy to start mumbling and moaning about the evils of consumer capitalism and the temptations of overconsumption (which is true!), but really, do we need another grinch?  As for me, after a full year of fighting the man, I'm just about ready to kick back and enjoy the blessings of the feast.  Bring on the twinkly lights, the Christmas carols, and a whole army of Santa's elves ... the ice-crystal magic never dies.

From a ChristoPagan perspective, Yuletide is one of the most interesting times of blended spirituality.  Persian druids following a star, talking animals in a midnight manger, and a wild hunt-esque sled bringing presents to children around the globe all blend together with medieval carols, magnificat gospel narratives, and the Wyrd-made-flesh among us.  What's not to like?

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    I say bring on the Christmas buffet. Rum balls, date bars, egg nog, ham. whatever your local dishes might be. Other people can k
Sacred Guardians: A Minoan-Themed Protection Spell

Today I'm sharing a spell/ritual from the new second edition of my book Ancient Spellcraft. It calls on the power of the griffin, an ancient mythological creature of great power. We have recently rediscovered the Minoan sun goddess Therasia and come to realize that the griffins are hers. If you like, you can call on her directly as you perform this ceremony. I do recommend that you develop a relationship with any deity you call on for spells and rituals, since they're not cosmic vending machines (you put in an offering and out pops a goodie).

 

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The Magic of...The Holly & The Ivy

Two plants that are often associated with Yule are the holly and the ivy (are you singing now?).  They both pack a huge magical punch...

Holly

(Ilex aquifolium, Ilex opaca)

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