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The Garden of the Planets

IN THAT HEADY, imaginative and vital period of Italian culture in the fifteenth century, the Quattrocento, a person could look at the sparkle in a stone and see the captured radiance of the stars, or visit a highly developed garden and find several cultivated sections dedicated to the planets. “As above, so below,” they said, summarising the ancient Emerald Tablet. The idea was to connect the highly spiritual realm of the stars with the earthy ground of daily life – spirituality and soul.

We need a richer, more grounded, more poetic understanding of ecology, which is not only the preservation of the planet but the enrichment of the human life on it. Renaissance gardeners offer hints on how we might go about an interplanetary style of ecology.

Read the original article at: Resurgence Magazine

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