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Animal Harvest, Sacrificing Our Innocence

By Kat Heatherington

[Snip] I spent the morning killing poultry. I have blood on my jeans and my skin, and haven’t eaten yet today because I still have the smell of wet feathers in the back of my mouth. This is the fourth animal slaughter I’ve participated in since we bought our land and settled . . . → Read More: Animal Harvest, Sacrificing Our Innocence

Kabbalah and Fracking Don’t Mix

By David Seidenberg

[Snip] When a petrochemical company uses a gallon of freshwater to “split open the depths of the earth,” most of that water stays deep underground. It needs to stay far beneath even the deepest aquifers and away from the water we use for drinking and agriculture, because otherwise it would poison the . . . → Read More: Kabbalah and Fracking Don’t Mix

Religion, Spirituality and Earth Stewardship

By Lupa

Last month, Slate featured an interview with Dekila Chungyalpa, the founder and director of the World Wildlife Fund’s Sacred Earth program. In it, Chungyalpa explains how religious leaders can use their influence to encourage their communities to be better stewards of the environment. This may seem like an odd bailiwick for religion, but . . . → Read More: Religion, Spirituality and Earth Stewardship

Earth Isn’t Just Home, it’s Holy

By Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

[Snip] Finally we are waking up to our ecological imbalance, to the realities of global warming and its catastrophic consequences. It is also beginning to dawn upon us that these environmental changes are accelerating more quickly than we may realize. Behind our present ecological crisis, caused by industrial pollution—the chemicals, toxins, and . . . → Read More: Earth Isn’t Just Home, it’s Holy

Pagan Kosher: Eat Pastured Animal Products

By Selina Rifkin

One of the most important beliefs that Pagans hold is that life is cyclical. We are born, we live, we die, and are re-born. Death is not escapable. No one gets out of here alive. Mortality is part of existence, but all things return. Relationship is another aspect that defines Pagan attitudes . . . → Read More: Pagan Kosher: Eat Pastured Animal Products

Paganism and Permaculture

By Snowhawke

I just returned from seeing a documentary on the Amish peoples. It was presented by the Portland Permaculture Meet-up Group. The film was quite interesting on many levels and inspired a lot of discussion, curiosity and questions.

Most of us realize that our modern way of life isn’t sustainable. It is destroying ecosystems . . . → Read More: Paganism and Permaculture

Pagan Kosher: Eat Local

By Selina Rifkin

The first principle of Pagan kosher is eating locally. Local is a scale of distance. It might be the chickens in your backyard, or on your roof if you live in a city. It might be the milk you buy from the farmer in the next town, the grain from the next . . . → Read More: Pagan Kosher: Eat Local

The Silence of the Earth and Earth Day, 2013

By Gus diZerega

Friday evening I drove to Point Reyes Station to hear David Abram give a talk. Ever since I had read his first book, The Spell of the Sensuous, Abram has been on my shortest list of authors to read, reread, and recommend to anyone I meet. Including you, dear reader. (But unless . . . → Read More: The Silence of the Earth and Earth Day, 2013

Grounding Through Land Stewardship

By Lupa

As those of you who may have been following me on my own blog, Therioshamanism, may have seen, I recently adopted a half mile stretch of the Columbia River to keep clean and otherwise tend to. It’s downstream from Portland and a bunch of industrial areas, never mind all the towns and cities . . . → Read More: Grounding Through Land Stewardship

The Myth of Wilderness

By Heather

In society today we place a high value on the concept of wilderness. A wilderness is a region of the landscape that we perceive as pure, pristine, and untouched by human influence. We like the idea of the wilderness. We like the idea that, even as our cities grow larger, there is still . . . → Read More: The Myth of Wilderness