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Author Topic: Animism and the Gods  (Read 6170 times)
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« Reply #3: July 01, 2010, 05:53:35 pm »

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?

The gods and the natural world are fairly seamless in my paganism. They're one and the same.

So they're definitely connected. Taking your example of the sun, in my religion it's the flaming right eye of my sky-god equivalent, which he plucked out and set in the heavens to watch over us, his children.

As for sentience, that's the wrong word, IMHO. But yeah, I see everything from rocks to rivers to trees to even (to a lesser extent) manmade things as invested with a spirit. They're differentiating parts of the one spirit that is manifest as this universe.
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