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Nature, Religion and Culture

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Jon David Miller

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Many human beliefs and cultural events are based on the natural cycles incorporated in our calendar, structures of thinking and behavior.

For example, the concept of a month was based on the 28 day moon cycle. Then a week of 7 days was ¼ of the month.

There should be 13 months, and some now argue for 13 astrological signs, but the months were altered in both length and name and number during the Roman Empire. This makes our calendar somewhat out of whack, but it is still based on the 365 day sun cycle.

The sun, moon and planets were so important in the thinking of earlier people that they were associated with gods. The names of the days of the week honor both gods and celestial bodies.

The institutional Christian church overlaid many of the liturgical holidays on the widely celebrated natural cycle events, such as the winter solstice and the Spring equinox.

To the degree that we organize our lives around the weekly, monthly and annual calendar, our thought and behavior is still very connected to our natural, agricultural and religious roots. The many symbols and representations of these themes in religion, art, entertainment and even news events, work mostly unconsciously to condition and limit our level of awareness.

The greater wisdom is to learn our real history, improve our health, awaken to reality, gain understanding of mind and soul, and expand conscious awareness.