Unlike the western concept of God, Gaia is not all-knowing, all-powerful, or all good. Instead Gaia is limited in power, in sentience, and is abenevolent. In other words, unlike God, Gaia is vulnerable. And we are in direct relationship with Her. How does that shape this philosophy? And our understanding of suffering?
Today (December 21st) is Solstice—the shortest day of the year (or longest if you’re in the southern hemisphere). Tomorrow, in the north, days will start to lengthen and the sun will start its rebirth, bringing with it warmth, spring, and new life. Yule—meaning wheel—celebrates this annual solar cycle and passing the darkest point of the year.
What is the role of Gaian groups? Connecting and healing. Connecting us to Gaia and each other and also healing us and Gaia. We live in a broken world, and much of that is caused by how we treat Gaia and each other. But we can change that. This week’s reflection explores four main purposes of local Gaian groups.