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Author Topic: Special Discussion: Nature and Pagan Religions  (Read 22894 times)
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« Reply #7: May 14, 2008, 02:06:14 pm »

How important is the idea of "nature" within your religion?
How is nature conceptualized within your religion?

Mu.  These are those kinds of questions that make me want to argue with the logic behind the question.

The world is the world.  It is full of things -- people and their creations, gods and their creations, beasts and their creations, spirits and their creations.  All these things are supposed to work together in a reasonably systematic whole.  People-and-their-creations aren't a sensible category separate from the rest of it.

"Ecosystem" may be a useful concept.  "Nature", I don't think is.

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How does nature -- concepts, imagery, attitudes toward -- function within your religion?
Where do things like agricultural festivals fit into your religion overall?

I think I'll pull a couple of essays I wrote to cover these:
http://bunny-puppy.net/folk/nature.html
http://bunny-puppy.net/folk/seasons.html

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If you practice magic, how is nature figured -- is it *the* source of power, *a* source of power, totally irrelevant, what?

Kemetically speaking, magic is the power of word in action.  It is natural that those beings which have words will speak; it is natural for speech to remake the world.
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