Sustainable Practices part 1 - Sacred Actions

connecting to the changing seasons
 ... next session Sunday 2nd July 2023

about this afternoon session ...

Several people are teaching the Celtic Wheel as being eight divisions through the solar year, and each of those eight divisions being times of observances, spiritual practice, and rituals. These eight divisions being the two Solstices, two Equinoxes, and the four cross quarter times of Imbolc, Bealtaine, Lughnasadh and Samhain. 

But how do we teachers relate to and connect the Celtic Wheel to the solar year cycles of farming, gardening, and doing the best we can to understand wilderness? There maybe a lot of goddess, sidhe, and universe references during our eight celebrations within the Celtic Wheel, but how do these references get translated out into sustainable practices?

This is the intent of this short Sustainable Practices series through July, and I am sure this subject will develop each year when we return to this.

My first thought, regarding farming, is that when ancient sky observations were translated into geometry patterns and development of earliest mathematics, this created a concept and understanding of how a farming year can be made possible. The farming year eventually took over from most of the foraging activities to feed the human population, and their reared animal population. Add to this, the challenges of developing an awareness of how to conduct controlled farming in union with the existing 'sidhe', or maybe 'goddess', prana. qi, etc., that was and is believed to provide what we may now call wilderness. 

How can the farming cycle be 'Sacred Actions' through 'Sustainable Practices'?

Last year 'Sustainable Practices' was just one episode to feature the lovely book release 'Sacred Actions' by Dana O'Driscoll that has enjoyed remarkable popularity since. Dana's publishers have asked her to write a follow up, and Dana will be live with us in two Sunday's time to talk about her upcoming follow up book, and I will try to include a forum then on 'Sustainable Practices' in general.

Within Dana's book, earth care, people care, and fair share, are all presented and questioned. Reskilling ourselves as a spiritual practice is there. Principles for local eating, friendship gardening, and even making your own smudge sticks are just a few of the wonderful contents of Dana's sustainable practices book' 

What immediately attracted me to Dana's book was her near opening  illustration of 'Three Principles For Sacred Action'.

1) Draw together wisdom from the heart and mind
2) Walking in harmony and care with the land
3) Transforming our lives, landscapes and communities

Also, for this Sunday, and the following Sunday, do you have any poems, stories, and experiences about and related to Sustainable Practices, perhaps within your own garden, or small farm? I would love to invite you to share your stories and poems as a guest, either live, pre-recorded, or use photographs. Please message me with what you have to share. Thank you. 

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