Happy Samhain, folks! Or Halloween, if that’s what you prefer to call this day. I wish I could say I had a costume standing by and an event to go to tonight, but alas, I don’t, so I’ll be finding other ways to mark the day.
If you’ve visited my blog before, you’ve probably read about my first Samhain ritual three years ago. I can’t say that I’ve bumped up my ritual practice since then, although I do try to make it a point to honor my late grandparents on Samhain by lighting candles. None of the pagan holidays I’ve celebrated have been elaborate in any way, though they’ve all been meaningful. Sometimes it feels like my practical pantheist side is in a tug-of-war with my spiritual pagan self, so I never go all out with witchy celebrations, even though I’d love to.Read More »
If you’ve happened to click the link to my unrelated travel blog in the sidebar, you’ve probably noticed I try to be very body positive. This is an ongoing struggle for me since I was severely bullied in middle school for my appearance, but I’ve realized over the years just how important self-love is. We’re rarely happy with ourselves, and often find something to criticize when our loved ones don’t even notice the things that bother us the most when we look in the mirror.Read More »
I mentioned in my last post that I was rewriting various pagan and/or Wiccan rituals to better fit my pantheist beliefs. For non-theists who also identify as pagan or who are simply trying to incorporate more spirituality into their lives via pagan practices, it can be difficult to overlook some of the language in many rituals and blessings. It may seem as if non-theistic pagans don’t exist, but there are more than you may realize, and how they approach the subject of deity is unique to each person.
When I first began learning about paganism after I had already identified as a pantheist, symbolism became a big deal for me. I started viewing the pagan idea of the Goddess as Mother Earth or Mother Nature, and the God as the mighty Universe, both equally destructive and mysterious as they are creative. What is Divine if not these unseen forces we experience during every moment of our lives?Read More »
I’ve been working on rewording certain rituals to make them fit my pantheist pagan beliefs, but one thing I’ve always liked is Wicca’s “Thirteen Goals of a Witch.” I’ve found that it aligns with my own intentions being on this spiritual path, but words like “Craft” and “Goddess and God” don’t fit in with most non-theistic pantheist beliefs. Personally, I have no problem with the terms and am starting to view deities as archetypes and aspects of the Divine Source or even my own higher self, and spellwork as yet another form of mediation. Whatever these ideas may be for you, my Thirteen Goals of a Pantheist Pagan should suit the majority of pantheists who are seeking a spiritual home in paganism.Read More »
Wow! I can’t believe it’s been three years since I started this blog and let it fall by the wayside. I always have good intentions of maintaining a regular blog, but I always seem to fail miserably.
If you’ve found your way to this site and have been leaving comments in my prolonged absence, thank you! That encouragement is actually what brought me back, even though it’s taken a while. I guess I was surprised by the amount of interest a pantheist pagan blog would generate, and that’s amazing!
To catch up, I’m still pantheist, although my beliefs are hovering closer to dualism now than naturalistic/scientific pantheism. That is, I view Nature as consisting of both the physical and spiritual, and these two substances are connected. I never did complete the “year and a day” study I set out to do when I began this blog, so much of the last three years has been devoid of ritual and practice of any sort. At this year’s Midsummer (Litha), however, I felt a strong urge to incorporate ritual and daily practice in my life. It felt like starting all over again, back at the beginning when I wrote about my first experience with Samhain, only this time I felt more behind than ever.Read More »
Labeling oneself with a religious belief or philosophy can be tricky, especially when there are so many preconceived notions of worldviews that fall outside the Abrahamic religions. I’ve found the words “pagan” and “pantheist” come to conversations already loaded with their own sets of misconceptions. Many times, I’ll use the term “atheist” to tell a friend what I believe, although “non-theist” resonates with me most since I have my own preconceived notions about the term “atheist,” mainly the idea of “anti-theism,” which is not what I’m about.
I was recently asked to describe my beliefs to a couple of old high school friends during a girls’ day out. I hadn’t realized, as I was fumbling through my definition, that explaining pantheism to a non-progressive Christian is only going to be met with a blank stare and the occasional creasing together of eyebrows. Laying my beliefs out on the table in such a way, and explaining my reasons for not believing in their god anymore, I shouldn’t have been surprised that the only reaction was one of accusation.Read More »
I started this blog as a way of motivating myself to get back in touch with my spirituality. I’ve always been very spiritual and I think, as a species, human beings are intrinsically spiritual. That explains why there have been so many religions practiced across the world throughout history. Religion and ritual are great ways to focus that spirituality into a means of outward expression, but spirituality isn’t always religious. In many cases, I’ve found, the most authentic spiritual experiences are felt beyond religious constraints.
It’s inaccurate to say that religion is a prerequisite for spirituality. I have known atheists that are just as spiritual as Christians are, so it isn’t a matter of faith. Having been raised a Christian myself and coming to a place in my adult life where I’m practically a non-theist, I’ve been spiritual both religiously and non-religiously, and there isn’t much difference between the two experiences.Read More »