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A Natural Law of the Harvest

When we come each year to Autumn Eve, Lughnasadh, Lammas, the midpoint between the summer solstice and the autumn equinox, we celebrate the feast of the first fruits of the harvest. As we enjoy our sabbat, we would do well also to reflect on a certain natural law of the harvest, which reminds us, “We reap what we sow.” Continue reading A Natural Law of the Harvest

A Magickal Physics of Power

Mid Summer, also called Litha, gives us an opportunity to celebrate joy, vitality, and power. And “Power for the Will” is a cardinal aspiration that we develop in Reform Pagan practice through the Element of Fire, which corresponds to ritual observances of common and special occasions over the course of human life in Nature. Mid Summer is, therefore, a fitting occasion for Reform Pagans to reflect on what we might call our “magickal physics of Power”. Continue reading A Magickal Physics of Power

Open But Unbroken

At Summer Eve, Reform Pagans circle to celebrate passion, union, and creativity on or about the occasion of Beltane, an ancient “fire festival” dedicated, in many ways, to love. Continue reading Open But Unbroken

A Faith Ever New

Reform Pagans celebrate Mid Spring (also called “Ostara”), a sabbat of regeneration, breakthroughs, and new beginnings, around the time of the spring equinox, when hours of light and darkness in a day are most nearly equal. This time of year also sees new life emerging everywhere from winter’s dormant Earth. Continue reading A Faith Ever New

The Perpetual Flame

Reform Paganism’s sabbat of Spring Eve, coming halfway between Mid Winter and Mid Spring, draws some of its inspiration from the ancient Gaelic festival of Imbolc, a celebration of the goddess Brigid around the traditional beginning of the season of spring. Continue reading The Perpetual Flame

Mid Winter Blessings

Amidst the busyness that comes upon us every year around this time, we at PaganRenewal.org wanted to take a moment not merely to wish you season’s blessings of peace and love but rather to affirm that these are now, as always, our reality, if only we will open our hearts. Continue reading Mid Winter Blessings

In Memoriam & Ad Infinitum

As we come again to Winter Eve, the end of the harvest season, the time when the Veil between the mundane and spiritual worlds thins, we have an opportunity to turn inward, celebrating our heritage, remembering our beloved dead, and recognizing our own mortality as the cold and dark close in around us. Continue reading In Memoriam & Ad Infinitum

On the Harvest: Sacrifice & Love

One of the greatest contributions that Reform Paganism and the Pagan Renewal offer the broader Pagan and human communities is our emphasis on love—sometimes called “compassionate lovingkindness and sympathetic joy”—as an essential practice and virtue. Continue reading On the Harvest: Sacrifice & Love

Our Source of Joy, Vitality, and Power

Reform Pagans often speak of Paganism through the metaphor and image of the “Great Tree of Paganism”, whose roots draw from the unremembered past and whose branches grow into the unimagined future. As we approach Mid Summer (the summer solstice, also called Litha), a sabbat often associated with joy, vitality, and power, we have a special opportunity to contemplate the eternal stele that provides and ensures each of these blessings within the Great Tree of Paganism. Continue reading Our Source of Joy, Vitality, and Power

One Branch, Many Blossoms

Reform Pagans often illustrate our place within Paganism through the metaphor of the “Great Tree of Paganism”: We speak of the Paleopagan roots, Mesopagan trunk, and Neopagan branches, and we distinguish our Neopagan branch of Reformism from the coequal branches of Traditionalism (generally including all forms of Pagan Reconstructionism, together with many varieties of Pagan Eclecticism) and Scientism (emphasizing a scientific Pagan worldview, particularly in opposition to a traditional Pagan worldview). Continue reading One Branch, Many Blossoms