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.