GT#7 Spring 2013
Welcome to Issue #7 of Gaian Times Magazine!
There’s just 1 day to go before the annual International Earth Day’.. and we have pulled together a variety of useful features to mark this event. And we are organising one or two of our own Gaian Times Earth Day Events - a Family picnic with focus on activities for young children, and then a meditative walk in Richmond park (the following day) - anyone wanting quiet time to tune into the energies of the Earth.
So how do you think of Earth day, and mark it? Those serious about caring for our Earth and Environment will tell you.. every day should be Earth Day. But on Earth Day, we can make a big song and dance about it and promote Earth & Eco-Awareness to the others who don’t think so much about the Earth.
To me personally, at least now, the focus for Earth Day shifts ...more towards the Earth i self. I believe in the Gaia deity of the Earth, and I do what I can through out the year - so for Earth Day nowadays, I think of it as `my mother Earth’s Birthday’! We don’t quite know when it was formed all those billions of years ago, but it does us and Earth well to give her a birthday and celebrate it.
On to the other contents of this magazine then-
Few weeks ago, Margaret Thatcher - first female Prime Minister of UK (3 decades ago now) passed away, and her funeral was a few days ago. There has been much supportive and highly aggressive reactions to her death - from people. My own feelings have been that anyone who is dead now deserves their peace and to be left alone. The protestors have had almost 2 decades to make their feelings known (while she was alive) so now seems a rather distasteful time to start organising street parties in London to mark her death.
Rose Dixon has written a wonderful analytical feature article comparing the intense rites of Passages that both Margaret Thatcher and Princess Diana have gone through in their living years.
I finally get to address my concerns and thoughts about the Future of Paganism (nature worshiping religions) in `Paganism in the 25th Century’ part 1).
Vathani looks into the ant-social behaviour of people that is on the increase in our London public trains and buses - and asks how this can be in a world that is becoming more focused on `Social Media’ and `connecting and sharing’ with one another (almost 1 Billion people out of the 8 Billion of world population is on one Social Media site!)
This year, we are publishing 3 Gaian Times magazines.. simply because all our workloads in other writing and publishing projects are getting rather too much.
But we will be focusing more on the various Gaian Times Enterprises & Social Initiatives! You can read about these in our main pages (www.GaianTimes.com) Free websites for start-up pagan entrepreneurs, ePublishing, some Fundraising, and even a new initiative about sharing the wisdom of Elderly People are all going to get much mote focus..
As for reading.. you now have to subscribe to get full access to the Magazine. Well, it gives you - amongst other things- a real sense of exclusivity. And for us, it makes it easier to start making better connections with our loyal readers...and give more !
So enjoy reading Issue #7, and we’ll see eachother in our various events or social media platforms..
-Lord Manivanna Navasothy (GT Editor/ Founder), London 2013.