The many meanings of Circles….

We had a great Gathering last Saturday!, and within our Time with The Kids discussed the many meanings that Circles have had over the milennia for us human beings….

Circles have been used to symbolize all kinds of things- gods and goddesses, creation itself, wholeness, unity, equality of all things. Lots of good reasons for this.

The sun and moon are both circular in appearance, and in the great religious traditions across the globe often symbolize if not embody the great gods and goddesses that sustain and support us.

There is no beginning, and no end, to a circle. There is no front or back, first or last, left or right. Everything, and everyone, in a circle are included in the most equal and basic ways possible. All the great religions of the world can, or at least should be able to, recognize this wonderful truth, and use the Circle as a symbol of unity for all religions, all people, all the universe.

For the sake of all people, existing on the same earth, let us embody the best of the Circle in our daily lives.

We sat down on the floor and made our own Circle, to really feel the power of this symbol.

OK, so it’s not perfectly round!, but you get the idea that we were “centered” on last Saturday- that the Circle is literally all around us! And is a symbol for the many (g)Go(0)d(s) and one God, and no God, we believe in at OHG.

I’ll leave you with the poem we closed out this meditation with, by the great poet/farmer/theologian Wendell Berry. Enjoy it, and all the Circles in your own lives!

Within the circles of our lives
we dance the circles of the years,
the circles of the seasons
within the circles of the years,
the cycles of the moon
within the circles of the seasons,
the circles of our reasons
within the cycles of the moon.

Again, again we come and go,
changed, changing. Hands
join, unjoin in love and fear,
grief and joy. The circles turn,
each giving into each, into all.

Only music keeps us here,
each by all the others held.
In the hold of hands and eyes
we turn in pairs, that joining
joining each to all again.

And then we turn aside, alone,
out of the sunlight gone

into the darker circles of return.

-Pastor -D

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