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Pagan Renewal: A Brief Exposition

If Reform Paganism is, as we say, a new branch of the Great Tree of Paganism, then the living Pith of this branch consists in our conviction, vision, and mission:

We affirm our conviction that all persons possess an innate spiritual capacity rooted in Nature.

We affirm our vision of humanity’s once and future faith, inspired by both ancient wisdom and modern learning, ever reforming for the present and the future.

We affirm our mission to promote the restoration of this timeless faith for the highest good of all.

What does this mean? Where do Reform Paganism’s Fifteen Theses and Five Elements fit? How does all this relate to the Pagan Renewal? Allow me to explain… Continue reading Pagan Renewal: A Brief Exposition

Love: A Reform Pagan Perspective

Love is a discipline the mastery of which makes us more powerful Pagans and humans: Just as our power grows as we acquaint ourselves more deeply with Nature, Truth, the focus of Will, and our True and Higher Selves (or “inner divinity”), so our power grows as we acquaint ourselves more deeply with Love. For Love, like Truth, is a position of strength. Continue reading Love: A Reform Pagan Perspective

Transhumanism: A Reform Pagan Perspective

Prevising Transhumanity

The twentieth century revolutionized humankind’s understanding of physical reality by shattering certain assumptions: We learned that certain properties of phenomena in spacetime—theretofore assumed to be constants—actually vary, relative to the observer’s perspective (the relevant constant being rather the speed of light), and we learned that matter and energy—theretofore assumed to be different—are actually equivalent. Continue reading Transhumanism: A Reform Pagan Perspective

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