This is a graphic that I spotted on Facebook the other day and could not resist grabbing for the blog; it is the work of Ian Corrigan, a long time member of the Druid order, ADF. If you have not heard of him, I strongly encourage you to look him up; he will shake up any ideas you might have about what it means to be pagan. I get compelled to put this up (despite Mr. Corrigan’s protest that it needs more work) because so many people seem to be confused by what spirits are what and where they reside. This graphic takes the simple cosmological structure of an Upper World, Lower World and Middle World and orients the spiritual presences accordingly and leaves room for spirits that might not appear in this particular list.
Interestingly, I had a dream last night that transitioned into my waking state as my alarm went off. I have paraphrased Orion Foxwood on a number of occasions – spirituality is discovering one’s place in the spirit world – but, in this dream, I was challenged to identify not only where I belonged but actually what I was. It is easy for us to give the pat answer, “I am a human being”. But, really, what is a human being? What is it that makes us a separate tribe from, say, the Faery? Why do we think we are so special (other than the brainwashing of the Abrahamic religions)?
Perhaps, if we spent more time looking at graphs like this and considering our place in the great scheme of things and less time justifying ourselves as superior beings who have dominion over this planet, we might find the solutions to a whole host of problems.