Midsummer

Historically, Midsummer—also known as the summer solstice, or the Longest Day, coming up this year on June 21—was a time of enjoyment. Crops had been planted, but they weren’t bearing yet, so there was little to do but celebrate the long days and have a good time. Garden vegetables were beginning to produce and lambs … Continue reading Midsummer

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The Magic of a World Without Magic

Atheopagans are what is called in philosophical circles naturalists. That means that we believe that everything is a part of nature, is composed of natural material, and is subject to the laws of physics. Everything. Accordingly, barring the arrival of a substantial and compelling body of evidence in support of the idea that rituals and mental … Continue reading The Magic of a World Without Magic

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What is a religion?

To start with, no one can tell you conclusively, because there is no universally accepted definition of “religion”,nor of “spirituality”. Those who tell Atheopagans that ours is “not a real religion” are speaking from a position of ignorance. That said, I propose a functional model which I believe applies to all religions in the world. Under this … Continue reading What is a religion?

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Living in a Sacred World

Nature is magnificent. Daily, we have sunsets and sunrises, trees and birds and all sorts of magnificent creatures. Frequently, we have new-burgeoning crescent Moons or full Moons or waning, deep-into-the-night Moons, casting their silver magic across the land. Rarely, we have sundogs and auroras and eclipses and comets. Experientially, we have mountaintops and forest walks. … Continue reading Living in a Sacred World

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Towards a Spirituality of Responsibility

Paganism is fun. It is: it’s playful, humorous, creative, sexy, joyous, and results in communities which are often wonderful to belong to*. Atheism isn’t so fun—often, it’s stuck in fascination with being “right”—but it is grounded in reason and evidence and, thus, in what we can say with confidence is reality and not fantasy. Putting … Continue reading Towards a Spirituality of Responsibility

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