The Fall Equinox Approaches!

Naturalistic Paganism

In the Northern Hemisphere, the Fall Equinox is celebrated in less than two weeks (it is September 22nd this year in the Eastern Pacific, but on the 23rd in Europe and most of the United States) as Mabon, also called Harvest Home.  (Those in the Southern Hemisphere celebrate the Spring Equinox, Ostara, at this time.)

Growing Darkness…….

Mike Nichols writes of the day: “Mythically, this is the day of the year when the God of Light is defeated by his twin and alter ego, the God of Darkness. It is the time of the year when night conquers day.” The metaphor for the natural solar cycle is perfectly clear, and easily appreciable by naturalists.  Likewise with the agricultural myth of John Barleycorn, personification of the ripened grain:

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The Sun, the Moon and the Stars

A Pagan View of the Summer Solstice

Mainline Western religious traditions teach that everything that happens more or less happens because a god is in charge, whether it’s the Hebrew El Shaddai, the Christian Jesus or the Islamic Allah. But long before those traditions were born, our earliest ancestors believed pretty much the same thing. While the idea of a single high… Continue reading A Pagan View of the Summer Solstice