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EARTH MYSTERIES

A discipline involving particular attention to the natural world and its phenomena, a study of Neo-Pagan Traditions and reminders that provide a route to spiritual fulfilment.   The exploration of earth mysteries includes the study of the landscape, its Ley Lines, standing stones, holy wells, woodlands and other ancient places of worship and the drawing of strength from their innate spirituality.   It also focuses on ancient customs, legends and lore.   The discipline may involve scientific study or more intuitive analysis including, for example, the art of Dowsing.

In Britain, organized bodies include the London Earth Mysteries Circle and Northern Earth Mysteries.


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PLEASE NOTE:
One of the major problems with 'defining' Paganism and/or its beliefs and practices is that it is an 'organic' movement, in that it is undergoing constant change and re-evaluation from within, and as such any 'one-size-fits-all' approach to understanding Paganism will be found wanting.

Due to the very 'organic' nature of Paganism, and the many differing Paths and Traditions within it, in many cases no one definition may be universally accepted by all Pagans.   Therefore, where such cases of possible conflicting and/or contradictory meanings of certain terms occur I have endevoured to give not only the generally accepted meaning, but also any major 'variations' in belief and/or practice.

Christians who believe this difference in meaning of certain key terms, beliefs and practices to be unique to Paganism need to remember that such conflicts also arise within the Body of Christ - the Church.   Take for instance the differing practices amongst Christians concerning Baptism and the different attitudes towards women in the clergy.

- Jean-Luc



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