How and why do you purify?

2012 Thing on Thursday #8

Last week’s poll on creating sacred space yielded some surprising results: a leading response was “purifying the space.”

This is puzzling because “purification” was not favored at all on our earlier liturgical elements poll.  It could be that one or the other result was a fluke, but let’s assume it wasn’t.  What might purification mean in a naturalistic context?  If you use it, how and why do you do it?

In the following polls, please interpret “purification” as you will.  Naturalistic meanings of the term are not by any means obvious, so be sure to share your thoughts in the comments.

Please choose as many as strongly appeal to you.

Please share your thoughts in the comments.

About Thing on Thursday

Althing in Session, by W.G. CollingwoodThis post is part of a series of councils on matters vital to the future.  The name represents both the generic term for, you know, a thingie, as well as the Old Norse term for a council of elders: a Thing.

Each week from the Autumn Equinox until the Winter Solstice, Thing on Thursday explores a new controversy.  Participation is open to all – the more minds that come together, the better.  Those who have been vocal in the comments are as welcome as those quiet-but-devoted readers who have yet to venture a word.  We value all constructive opinions.

There are only a few rules:

  • be constructive – this is a council, so treat it as such
  • be respectful – no rants or flames

Comments will be taken into consideration as we determine the new direction of Humanistic Paganism.

So please make your voice heard in the comments!

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