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

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Snakes On A....Lararium!

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a soft spot for animals.  That extends to non-fluffy, non-cuddly creatures that slither and scurry, even the ones that tend to make my skin crawl (I'm not fond of spiders, yet I'll toss them outside instead of stepping on them). I'm a bleeding heart all the way.

That's why I'm often disheartened by the way some creatures are depicted in popular culture and religion. And perhaps no creature has been more slandered, misrepresented or generally pissed on than the snake.

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Slavic Pagan Holidays 2018 part 1: Winter

For 2018, I'm posting a 4-part series of Slavic pagan holiday dates, one for each season. I'm posting the Winter 2018 dates in December of 2017, and I'll try to post the dates for Spring just before Spring, and so forth. These holidays are drawn from various Slavic traditions and nations. Some of these holidays are reconstructed pagan holidays from modern day reconstructionist pagan religions. Some holiday dates are currently celebrated in their countries of origin. Holidays which have been continuously celebrated from ancient times down to modern times are also celebrated by Christians. 

January

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In these short days and long nights of darkness come take a journey. A journey that shifts you out of this reality and into another. Listen to the heartbeat of the drum, feel your hooves rhythmically travel out over familiar terrain. Feel the energy of the old migratory pathways, the leylines in which earth energy runs for there is old wisdom in these pathways. 

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Yule Offering #3: Love

My final wish for you all this Yule season is that you be surrounded with love.

We are social apes, we humans, and loneliness is a terrible burden to us. Here at the dark and cold time of year, we can feel even more isolated, even more as though we must face life's trials on our own. It is quite likely that this was one of the main drivers of the creation of our Winter Solstice traditions in the first place.

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The magic of: Mistletoe & Pine

The magic of: Mistletoe & Pine

Mistletoe

 

(Viscum album, Phoradendron leucarpum, Phoradendron flavescens)

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  • Rachel Patterson
    Rachel Patterson says #
    Hi Erin I have found it in several books and online in various places. This website might help https://norse-mythology.org/tales/t
  • Erin Lale
    Erin Lale says #
    I've seen that thing about mistletoe being given to the goddess of love after Baldr's death circulating on the net, but I have no

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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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