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A Magical Reflection on Environmentalism

By Michael Strojan

[Snip] One of the major impasses one finds in contemporary paganism and reconstructionist practices is recapturing or resacralizing our particular regions. For many, the primary problem comes from the fact that many of us who are part of such groups tend to adopt religious practices and devotions to deities and spirits that are not a part of where we currently live and learning to work with local spirits and manifestations of the divine in contexts that may not exactly reflect what was practiced or done back in the third century of the common era, let alone the sixth century before common era. While I definitely have to give my warmest regards to people who aim for strict adherence to historical orthopraxy, in many cases this is not possible nor, in my opinion, particularly desirable.

Whatever the nature of the gods, spirits and demi-gods; the twenty-first century is merely a blink of an eye in a long history of devotion and relationship with humanity and is not the first time things have had to changed, or be adapted. Inability for us to adapt our devotions in a consistent manner to those forms that we worship in many ways can be paralleled to an inability to adapt to our very real, flesh-and-blood relationships – romantic and otherwise. Writers such as H. Jerimiah Lewis, Dver, P. Sufenas Virius Lupus and Erynn Rowan Laurie have written much over the years on this very topic from a reconstructionist perspective in their varying religious practices. Additionally, writers such as Brandy Williams, Sam Webster and Jake Stratton-Kent are great resources for people who are more magically inclined and seeking to reclaim the sacred in the modern world.

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