Sacred Alchemy & Symbols for the Permaculture Transition - Presented by Willi Paul





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Published on Mar 20, 2011

Part 1: Inner & Outer Model of the Sacred

Part 2:What is Permaculture? Some basic principles:

- Observe and Interact
- Catch and Store Energy

- Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services

- Produce No Waste
- Design from Patterns

- Integrate Rather than Segregate

- Use Small and Slow Solutions

- Use and Value Diversity

- Creatively Use and Respond to Change

Part 3: Permaculture Symbols:

Here are 6 potential sacred permaculture symbols that are built upon our love and respect for Nature, an integration of science and spirit.

- Diversity (Soil)
- Growth (Seeds)
- Harvest (Basket)
- Transformation (Fire + Smoke)
- Stewardship (Compost Pile)
- Localization (Community Well)

Part 4: The New Alchemy

Alchemy is Transmutation is Spirit, Action and Communication.

The new alchemies are now available and experienced as a spiritual exchange, vision maps, and digging in the soil.

Types of alchemy:

- Imaginative
- Eco
- Shamanic
- Sound or Sonic
- Digital
- Community
- Earth

Part 5: Sacred
Two powerful examples of how the new alchemy is generating the sacred:

dark green religion movement and rock music

Dark green religion is:

- based on a felt kinship with the rest of life, that we are all related

- accompanied by feelings of humility and a corresponding negative view of humans as having a moral superiority

- reinforced by the idea of interdependence & mutual influence and respect As for rock music, we hear and see symbols through rock music and art.

Band names and titles of records and songs contain important cues, many political or humorous, but some for "mythic punch."

Album art work is the first to be interpreted and often carries the same meaning all over the world.

When musicians combine song lyrics with complimentary symbols, mythic meanings are reinforced and deepened.

Symbols and metaphors are the seeds, our invitation to the feast. And many symbols, like numbers and colors, have ancient meanings and universal power.


Campbell might have asked at this point: Do we know the power of these symbols? Have we lost our connections to the mythic reservoir?

Think initiation, journey maps, heroes, green technologies and permaculture in your backyard, neighborhood and community!


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