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Sacred Time

As I believe that Divinity is present within all space, both inner and outer, and therefore all space is sacred. I also believe that Divinity resides in all time. There are many theories of time within Paganism. A widespread one is that all time exists simultaneously and we pass through these points of time linearly, experiencing time as a continuum. Through journeying to the Otherworlds, one can “escape” the linearity of our experience of time.

Within that linear perception, most Pagans acknowledge that time spirals, having a quasi-cyclical nature. Rather than each experience moment being completely different from the ones before and the ones after, there are these moments form cyclical patterns. Yet, we do not experience exactly the same moments over and over. In nature, these are conceptualized by the cycles of birth, death and rebirth of each life, the yearly cycles of seasons or star-pattern change, the monthly cycles of lunar phases, and the daily cycles of day and night.

We experience temporal cycles in our domestic lives, in our work lives, in our community/environmental relationships, and in our spiritual lives. Our bodies have daily, monthly, yearly, and international rhythms. Our challenge is to be observant of those cycles and learn to live in harmony with these cycles.

One of the ways we can do this is by constructing a personal calendar of our own meaningful dates and daily, monthly, and seasonal indicators. We can do this in two parts:

  1. observation and recording of daily, monthly, and yearly/seasonal cycles in our personal lives and relationships, workplace activities and relationships, community and neighborhood life, and natural environment; and,
  2. recording (and perhaps ritually commemorating) significant and meaningful personal, work-related, spiritually-oriented, and environmental dates or events. The latter may include birthdays, anniversaries, ritual days, days associated with favorite Deities, first days of seasons, the annual company picnic, elections days, etc.

The intent of this calendar project is to attune ourselves with the temporal cycles and events in our lives. This is a long-term project that can last for years, even all of your life if you so choose. The format below consists of suggested observations and activities. You may choose to focus on a particular type of temporal pattern such as workplace patterns or spiritual patterns and/or you may choose to look at all the types of patterns you experience daily… or monthly… or yearly. You may choose to do or observe any, all, or none of the areas. You may have other ideas that may work better to achieve the intended results.

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Observations

Personal Rhythms

Workplace Rhythms

Community Rhythms

Natural Rhythms

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Recording and Commemorating

Your Domestic Life

Your Work Life

Your Community Life

Your Spiritual Life

How do you make every moment of time you experience sacred?

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