The Atheopagan Principles, Reopening, The Solstice, Herbs, and more! Recent Episodes of THE WONDER podcast, by Mark Green

The concept behind THE WONDER—named, of course, for the awe and reverence we feel as we contemplate the magnificent Universe—is that it will be an ongoing resource for non-theist Pagans to inform and inspire our practices and stimulate our thinking.

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Summer Solstice 2021: Reverence

We desire to know, to sort into boxes labeled “house sparrow,” “creeping bellflower,” “altocumulus.” This desire is ancient within us, hearkening back to when we owed our wellbeing to knowing whether an animal was friend or foe, whether a plant was food or poison, whether a cloud signaled drought or flood. Even without that necessity, sometimes it’s just cool to know what other lives I share my space with: what bird makes that mournful cry in the evenings? what’s that plant suddenly thriving in the shaded corner where nothing else would grow?

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Happy Summer Solstice!

Get ready for a wonderful gift from our Universe! Our Sun, Moon and Earth join in the Solstice celebrations this year with a solar eclipse! Though many of us won’t be able to see it in the sky (it’s directly visible mainly in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa), we can see it online, along with the Stonehenge Summer Solstice Sunrise online! This could be your first online celebration of a Sabbat!  Solstice Sunrise at 3:52 AM GMT, on Sunday June 21 is 11:52 PM *Saturday June 20* for those of us in the Eastern United States time zone.

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GUEST POST: Relating to Silk Moths and Dying Stars

by Emily Ryan In the corner of my living room, in a white mesh enclosure the last of my hyalophora cecropia nears death. Tattered, her once swollen abdomen is emptied of her precious eggs and the stores of fats and lipids that nourished her is depleted. Even tattered and dying, she is heart wrenchingly beautiful. …

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Pagan Event! Check out our Naturalistic Pagan Panel at Free Spirit Gathering Online, June 18-20, 2021! + Pagan Spirit Gathering June 25-27

For some time now, folks online and in the Zoom chats have referred now and again to “APCon”, an imagined in-person gathering where we can meet, discuss our path, socialize, and share community. Real hugs (with consent, of course)!

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Ways You Can Help

My intermittent things-you-can-do-to-help-Atheopaganism post: Follow our social media on Twitter (@atheopaganism) and YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0-weMipO8r3HUQzsaOQlSg). Become a Patron of The Atheopagan Society by donating at https://theapsocietyorg.wordpress.com/patrons-2/ Listen to THE WONDER podcast at thewonderpodcast.podbean.comhttps://thewonderpodcast.podbean.com Participate in our Goodreads shelf at https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/158696-atheopaganism Join my (Mark’s) Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/atheopaganism to support my continued work to create resources, writing, thought, …

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Announcing SUNTREE RETREAT 2022!

Join us in May 2022 for a LIVE gathering of Atheopagans at the magnificent La Foret retreat center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, May 13-16, 2022! This 3-day, 3-night retreat will feature workshops, rituals and lots of socializing time in beautiful spaces and around the fire. Ticket includes meals (Friday dinner through Monday lunch), and …

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