I wish I’d read this before I wrote the religion in context post, as it has some brilliant points to make.
A few days ago I was staying with a friend who has a delightful house hidden in what, at least in British terms, is a vast forest. Surrounded by the green and grey of the summer season, the air filled with many layers of bird song, I found myself captivated by the spirit of place. Tomorrow I’ll be going into the woods again, this time in the company of two score magicians, to do our Work.
Woodland of course occupies a mythic place in the western folk cannon – Goldilocks wanders off into an uncharted area of the forest. In the dark spaces beneath the trees lurk all manner of monsters, wild beasts and outlaws. Woodland is emblematic of Mystery, the occult, the hidden.
Sometimes I wonder about the belief systems that emerge from wooded landscape, or the jungles of the tropics and how these insights differ from those encountered…
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