Emily will host an additional Wicca 101 class ( subject at her discretion) at Kassie’s house on Friday, December 2nd at 8 pm. Please RSVP on the FB page or on email so we know how many people to expect.
Archive for November 2011
Pagan movie night will now be more like “movies pagans like” due to the limited nature of true Pagan movies. This week we will be watching “The Halloween Tree” at Old main rm 115 ( or very close to there) on campus.
**Please pay that night if you’d like to come. You can also pay online.**November’s Full Moon Ritual, often called the Mourning Moon, will be put on by Astral this month. More details on the ritual will follow up tonight.Please bring your mittens and coats — we will be outside for at least part of the ritual so we can see the moon [if it isn't cloudy and such].
Please check this location for more information.
Practicing pantheism might seem a little far-fetched with such a generic “nature is god” mentality. If you are interested in following this route, however, you are not excluding the practice of other pagan faiths or of a spiritual experience at all. There are many doors still open for religious practice under the pantheist umbrella.
Your goal is to establish a relationship with the divine, and thus with the universe. If you believe or are interested in pantheism, there must also be a desire for harmony with nature. If we can understand our place in the universe, the bonds between ourselves and the cosmos are wound tighter and true knowledge can come much easier.
Humanity and the world around it operates as a mere piece of the overall puzzle and everything operates within natural cycles. My goal as a pantheist is to practice respect for and celebration within nature and the universe.
Having such knowledge can also provide psychological relief during stressful periods of our lives and we can support each other as aspects of the overall divine.
“Pantheistic ceremonies are similar to pagan ones. We celebrate special moments of powerful connection between ourselves and nature, between ourselves and the dynamic solar system. We celebrate the daily rising and setting of the sun, the monthly phases of the moon and tides, the annual solar cycle of the solstices and equinoxes. When skies are clear, we also celebrate the annual showers of shooting stars, the Perseids and the Geminids.” [Source]
Meditation is the most common tool for getting in touch with the divine universe. This is not something that is peculiar to pantheism, as many [it could be argued all] religions utilize this tool to help members find their inner peace and balance. Meditation should be used to experience the world outside of your own mind while you unite yourself with nature. Meditation is not something that can be performed once, nor does a person become a master of meditation overnight.
The best explanation for a mystical connection to the universe would be in the abandonment of your personal identity and a merge with the entire range of the divine. You want to allow yourself to become a vehicle for overall conception of reality, as just a single piece within the entire whole.
You can meditate in any number of ways outside in nature or within the confines and safety of your own home. It can be achieved at any time, by any person. Once you are able to forge a connection with the universe as a whole the experience is repeatable. Training is not necessary but a sense of devotion to maintaining that connection is recommended.
For some more lengthy information on Pantheism, I recommend the following page.
Saturday Nov, 5th at Citrus and sage coffee shop at 11 am.
** also if you paid your dues and signed up at Samhain PLEASE fill out your membership form. There is no other way for me to keep track of you.