First day of Fall in the northern hemisphere, and first day of Spring in the southern. In the northern hemisphere, it is observed as Mabon, celebrating the harvest, the time when the work of the summer has resulted in an abundance of the fruits of the earth. Happy Autumn!
Today is the International Day of Peace, a United Nations sanctioned holiday dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence. Listen to Jane Goodall's message below about what peace means and what you can do.
Remembering the extinction of species by humankind; the last Passenger Pigeon died on this day in 1914 in a zoo. It is a psychological necessity to mourn in order to recover from grief. Just as funerals reinforce the awareness of loss, so the lovers of the land and life need to experience ritual and expressions of mourning. The need is vital as part of the grief work necessary to return to our task of protecting the Earth.
SPECIES REQUIEM DAY: A PROPOSAL
by Harold W. Wood, Jr.
(The above post and link to the article appear in Pantheist Vision Autumn 2020)
But there's more! Visit Fold the Flock -- the Passenger Pigeon Origami Project. Read more about these birds and the extinction story, then you can download the kit (for free), watch the instructions, and fold a bird in commemoration of the passenger pigeons, helping to re-create the flocks from over 100 years ago. Fold the Flock was created by The Lost Bird Project, helping people feel a deeper connection to our planet through art.
Click on the picture below to learn more from the Farmer's Almanac about what to see in the September night sky. This month brings us a full Corn Moon (the Harvest Moon will come next month), planet pairings, and, of course, the Autumnal Equinox on September 22nd, marking the beginning of Fall in the Northern Hemisphere and Spring in the Southern Hemisphere. Enjoy the first days of a new season, and, as always, don't forget to look up!
(Picture is from the Farmer's Almanac website)
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From Pantheist Vision, we read:
This eminent British historian and major interpreter of Western Civilization in the 20th century was born in 1889. Toynbee's sweeping perspective on human history led him to affirm a Pantheist world view: "If I am right in my diagnosis of mankind's present-day distress, the remedy lies in reverting from the Weltanschauung of monotheism to the Weltanschauung of pantheism, which is older and was once universal."
Orangutans need our help! They are critically endangered, and the production of palm oil is destroying their homes. Read more about them and what you can do at the Orangutan Foundation site and watch the video below from the Born Free Foundation.
A beautiful article, a little different than what we normally post here, but hopefully will resonate with some. Nature, birds, all parts of our lives intertwined. Click below to read in its entirety, shared by the National Audubon Society.
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