Atheopagan Rites of Passage

Traditionally, rituals have not only been for holidays or personal practice. They also mark milestones in life, when something major is occurring and the community wants to acknowledge that change. Naming ceremonies, passages into adulthood, weddings, and funerals are all examples of rites of passage. This is a tradition that appears to go back a long …

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No Gods. No Masters. No Priesthood.

It's a sadly familiar tale in the Pagan community: the coven or local organization that is run by a charismatic "high priestess" or "high priest" (or both), doling out "training" and "degrees of advancement" based on how well the subject toes the line, fawns over the "priest/ess", and, in some particularly sad cases, provides them …

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Priest/esshood, Leadership and Atheopaganism

If you come to Atheopaganism from other Pagan paths, you may have noticed something in my writing, at least: there is no mention of priesthood or priestesshood. That's not an oversight. Rituals very often have leaders. There is usually one person (sometimes two, but rarely more except with very large groups) who shepherds the flow of the …

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