Category Archives: Reform Paganism 101

In this column, Baldr Frostflame goes into a little more depth on each of the Five Elements of Reform Pagan practice.

Reform Pagan Practice 101: Spiritual Actualization

This post is the fifth of five installments in Baldr Frostflame’s “Reform Pagan Practice 101” series, giving his high-level overview of Reform Pagan practice.

Reform Pagans believe that divinity, which some of us call the flowing spirit of Awen, arises and resides within each person. Some of us say that the source of spirit is the union of matter and energy (potentiality, symbolized by the Goddess) with the forces of order and chaos (actuality, symbolized by the God), culminating in the emergence (symbolized by the divine child of the Goddess and the God) of the psyche from inanimate (meaning “spiritless”) matter, energy, and forces. Continue reading Reform Pagan Practice 101: Spiritual Actualization

Reform Pagan Practice 101: Biophysical Attunement

This post is the fourth of five installments in Baldr Frostflame’s “Reform Pagan Practice 101” series, giving his high-level overview of Reform Pagan practice.

Reform Pagans understand that the human spirit is linked to—and more likely than not arises from nowhere and nothing but—the human body. The conditions and circumstances of our bodies affect the conditions and circumstances of our spirits; therefore, in order for us to prosper in spirit, we believe that we ought to do what we can to prosper also in body. Continue reading Reform Pagan Practice 101: Biophysical Attunement

Reform Pagan Practice 101: Liberal Learning

This post is the third of five installments in Baldr Frostflame’s “Reform Pagan Practice 101” series, giving his high-level overview of Reform Pagan practice.

Reform Pagans appreciate the value of consilience, which means the unity and consonance of all one’s knowledge. A consilient worldview is one in which no individual strands of knowledge stand apart, all of them having been woven together into a coherent whole. Continue reading Reform Pagan Practice 101: Liberal Learning

Reform Pagan Practice 101: Community Ministry

This post is the second of five installments in Baldr Frostflame’s “Reform Pagan Practice 101” series, giving his high-level overview of Reform Pagan practice.

Many world religions and spiritual systems, many secular philosophies, and even many subfields of modern psychology have recognized that one of the most important aspecks of living “the good life” is giving of oneself to others in love. Continue reading Reform Pagan Practice 101: Community Ministry

Reform Pagan Practice 101: Ritual Observance

This post is the first of five installments in Baldr Frostflame’s “Reform Pagan Practice 101” series, giving his high-level overview of Reform Pagan practice.

Humans have always attributed spiritual significance to certain moments or periods in time, whether hours in a day, phases in a lunar month, seasons in a solar year, or stages in a human life. Accordingly, one of the Five Elements of Reform Pagan practice—represented by the alchemical element of fire—involves observance of common and special occasions through ritual. Continue reading Reform Pagan Practice 101: Ritual Observance