Life! We celebrate life today, especially life’s growth and evolutionary diversification. We see the resurgence of life around us, and for me, this reminds me of the surge of life over the all of Earth’s history. An now, with scientists around the globe working hard to develop a vaccine for coronavirus (Covid-19) as quickly as possible to save as many lives as possible, we can see both our naturalism and Paganism reflected now.
Some of the ways many of us are celebrating were published a few weeks ago, and at least for my family, our CUUPS Beltane ritual is coming up this weekend. Beltane also reminds us of the symmetry of life and death, – as Glenys does here. And did you see the Edinburgh Beltane Fire Festival? Wow – 12,000 people celebrating Beltane! I’d love to make it to that some year – but not this year of course, with no traveling during the pandemic. For some of us, the celebrations will be later this week – the actual midpoint between the Equinox and the Solstice is May 5th, and the online celebrations I posted earlier are on both May 1st and 2nd. And of course, for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere, Happy Samhain! However you are celebrating, may your be celebration be blessed.
This is an updated version of our annual Spring Equitherm post.
Have you been attending gatherings by zoom meetings or other remote software? I have. I’ve visited more various Pagan, UU, Atheist and other events in the past few weeks than in many months before that. Read More
I hope you are safe and healthy during this unprecedented time. When we come out of this, our world won’t be the same. While that’s trivially true for every month of every year, this will give us much larger changes than most months. I don’t expect huge changes, but at least a greater awareness and use of electronic communication tools like zoom will help show that a lot climate damaging travel is unnecessary, among other changes. I hope you are using your time wisely – when Newton was in lockdown due to the plague in 1666, he used the time to give us universal gravitation, optics, and calculus!
When I first encountered the work of Marija Gimbutas in a library in country Australia at the beginning of my post-graduate research on earlier layers of human consciousness, it was the lighting of a flame … perhaps the re-lighting. Her book now known as The Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe – then hard to get – presented a view of the world that was so different from the views I had felt were set in concrete. Read More
Episodes 5 & 6 of THE WONDER podcast are up!!