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« Reply #1: July 01, 2010, 10:27:51 am »

If the natural world (eg sun, moon, trees, etc.) is important in your spirituality, what relationship does it have with your Gods?

Are they connected - eg the sun's importance is due to connection with XYZ solar deity - or does the natural world have its own spiritual significance for you?

Is the natural world also spiritually sentient - eg tree spirits - and if so, do you regard or treat them any differently from your Gods?

I view objects in our natural, physical world - trees, the sun, wind, and so forth - as very important and sources of inspiration. There may be a god or spirit behind them... or they might be "just" a tree, which is fine too. I don't quite believe that everything on the entire planet has a spirit, but I'm starting to warm up to the idea of there being some sort of land spirit associated with certain areas. (I've set up an altar in my garden to leave presents for whatever local spirits might like to help my peppers grow. Grin)

I see spirits and gods as being roughly the same thing, just gods having a fantastic PR department and managing to corral a bunch of folks into worship. The spirit of a garden is just as important as a larger god/dess who may watch over all gardens, and even more so because I'm more like to work with that particular garden spirit on a daily basis.
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