It’s Earth Day today. The Lyrid meteor shower also reaches its height tonight. What a lovely day to celebrate and be thankful to our Mother, the earth, for all she provides for us. Today’s challenge is to think of one thing you want to change in your life to reduce your impact on the earth, and implement it today.
May the blessings of the Earth Mother be ever with you.
Hobbies. We all have them. They are very important ways to relax and spend our leisure time. But what are the hobbies that are most likely to help us connect with Nature and the world around us. I’d like to suggest some. This list is by no means exhaustive but is a good start.
Gardening is an important hobby for Pagans as it literally connects us with the very soil around us. It connects us with our food and with the cycles of the seasons as we learn when things grow, how to make things grow and if we are growing our own food, we get to experience nature’s abundance first hand – locally. It tunes us in to mother nature’s rhythms.
Bird Watching -
Bird Watching or any similar type of nature observation is an important hobby for Pagans and Pantheists as we can learn about the other living creatures around us, we can learn to respect them and see them in their glory. We become more observant and can find a closer connection with nature.
Bushcraft connects us not only with nature but also our ancestors. It forces us to get back to basics and learn what is truly important in life. It makes us realise our inter-connectedness with the natural world and forces us to become acquainted with the plants, trees, animals and landscape features of our local area.
Space, the final frontier ;). Astronomy is vitally important for teaching us to look outside ourselves, to wonder, to be in awe, to understand the divine universe that we are a part of. It teaches us the history of our universe – where we came from and where we might be going. It teaches us that we are made of star stuff. It teaches us the stories our ancestors told about the divine.
What hobbies do you think are best for a Pagan/ Pantheist?
Ancient people’s considered the Moon to be a deity. For the Romans, she was the goddess Luna, while for the Norse and Anglo Saxons, he was the god Mani or Mona. Today is the Full Moon. I call it Budding Moon because many trees are bursting their buds at this time and we are beginning to see many leaves appear on trees. There are eight phases in the lunar cycle – from the new moon to the full moon and back again. The moon is very important for life on earth – especially for controlling the tides (natures recycling plan).
In ancient times, many cultures planned their calendars by the moon and there are still farming communities today who plant according to it. The metonic cycle of 19 years is the time it takes for the lunar and solar calendars to come together in sync and that might be why 19 years is mentioned in Druidry.
I think the best times to celebrate the lunar cycle are at the full moon and the new moon. The full moon is a time of thanksgiving. It is a good time to get together with family or friends, have a big feast with lots of moon shaped foods e.g. fajitas or pizza, create a full moon altar or go to a local water source to watch the tides. It is also considered a time for peace, so it is a good day to spend focusing on helping the community and working for peace locally or globally. Other possibilities include researching and learning more about the moon or indulging your creative side (often the moon is seen as feminine and creativity is often seen as a feminine attribute) e.g. by writing poetry.
There are many ways to celebrate the Full Moon as Naturalistic Pantheists. Do you celebrate it in your practice? What do you do?
Seasonal Foods in April are -
- Purple Sprouting Broccoli
- Spring Greens
- New Potatoes
- Rocket Lettuce
- Spring Onions