Harry Potter, Adam, and the Speghetti Monster

Harry Potter, Adam, and the Speghetti Monster
"Sorry guys...you haven't seen a small metal ball with wings flapping around by chance, have you?""

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My first attempt at Atheist Liturgy: Full Moon Poem

Ok, so I celebrate the full moon, right?

It seemed like a good natural cycle to follow in my aim to be more aware of nature, and also has a very strong tradition in "witchy" circles. The problem, however, was figuring out what to do? What I often did was read "The Charge of the Goddess" by Doreen Valiente (Wikipedia bio here), a very influential early Wiccan. It's a beautiful poem, but impractical for me in some ways. I find it to be too maternalistic, in the sense that it is the Goddess talking down to the human. I didn't like the God talking down to the human in Christianity, so what is good for the goose is good for the gander. So I decided to try my shot at making own liturgy, one which would be naturalistic and also speak to what I was celebrating. But at the same time, I tried to keep a poetic register.

So without further ado...

I stand here below, gazing at the sky
Contemplating my home world's only satellite,

The only celestial body visited by my kind,
Grey iron ore Amazon who coaxes the tides,
and whose bright reflected beams put a twinkle in my eyes
Eternal timekeeper as you slim and expand, as you recede and advance I remember again
that life is a circle, a loop without end,
our hormones tick tick as our energies we expend

White form in the darkness has inflamed the minds,
of men and women since the beginning of time
So I rejoice in life and ancestors as I gaze towards the heavens,
Rare full moon that is but one of six plus seven
and brands much of the magic I create with my mind
This night of plenilunio, so honor it I

What about you guys? Do you have any personal liturgy? Is it of an atheistic or naturalistic bent?

1 comment:

  1. We're doing an "Inspiration" theme at HumanisticPaganism.com in late March and April. I'd like to republish this there is your amenable. Sorry, I couldn't find your email. Let me know what your think.