Earth-centered vs. the actual Earth

Important stuff here about learning more about how the Earth actually works to make Earth worship a deeper practice.

Between Ocean and Hills

I am taking a class this quarter called Climate Change. It’s a challenging class, and while we haven’t gotten into the change part of climate change yet, we have learned a lot about climate in the first three weeks and it has gotten me thinking about Earth-centered paganism.

Sometimes people define all forms of paganism as being Earth-centered, but that is incorrect. While there is a large focus on the Earth, not all pagan religions are Earth-centered. And Earth-worship…seems to be lacking an important thing, in this day and age, and that thing would be an actual understanding of the Earth, local climate, seasonal shifts, etc.

I think science should very much be a part of paganism, especially paganism that focuses heavily on the Earth. Learning more about the actual reasons why seasonal shifts occur, why storms come in the winter in California, how and why the height of the…

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Mother trees and the plant-fungi network

Rebalancing Acts

I found multiple articles this week talking about how plants (trees, in particular) are connected with one another through their connections with fungi (usually referred to as mycorrhizal networks, and also called the “wood-wide web,” because it facilitates communication as well as transportation of nutrients). I’ve read about this before, but it never stops blowing my mind with how amazing it is. One piece I found a while ago talking about plant-fungi associations mentioned that almost all plant species appeared to have at least one fungus associated with them, that they rarely grow in isolation. I’ve wondered just how healthy plants are when we grow them in places far removed from their native area, or whether they form associations with local fungi . . . Of course I know even many houseplants can live for many many years, without being part of networks like that, isolated from other plants and…

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Yes, Environmentalism is Humanist

Trellia's Mirror Book

greenman4 By Lauren raine (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons I’ve heard some arguments that environmentalism is inherently misanthropic. In other words, environmentalism limits progress, oppresses the masses, and is rooted on the pessimistic assumption that humans are bad, destructive creatures undeserving of nature’s bounty. I’ve encountered some (but by no means all) Humanists  who hold this view, because they believe ultimately in the goodness of mankind, and that the needs of our species should always come first.

But I believe this is precisely why arguments for environmentalism are Humanist ones. When we talk about protecting the environment, we are talking specifically about the environment that we live in now. In other words, the world that is the right temperature for us, has the right amount of water for us, has plenty to eat for us, has all the animal, plant and mineral resources we need to live pleasantly, and is…

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