From nature we learn the difference between the male and the female, aspects of which dwell side by side in each individual: The light and the rain and the seeds, penetrating the earth - the earth, absorbing, encompassing, accepting their gift. Male and female, spirit and soul forever seeking the opposite truth, forever seeking the joy of completion. From nature we learn the paradox of good and evil: We learn about the natural kindness in the way certain forms of life give of themselves to another, without diminishment, without pain or loss in the giving: Such as the tree in her bestowal of the fruit. We learn also, about the natural cruelty that exists alongside the kindness: The lion feeding upon the lamb, the jackal upon the lion. For this is as natural to them as the giving of the fruit is to the tree. Who can teach us these things better than nature? Who can teach us what it means to adapt and flow, the way the water can teach us? Who can teach us the meaning of change with the power of the seasons? Who can teach us what it means to be noble, better than the mountain? Who can teach us what it means to be simple, better than the stone? How will we learn the true meaning of grace without the deer and the stallion and the leopard? How will we know what it means to be delicate, if the butterfly is gone? What it means to be fierce, if the wolf is no more? What is there in the world that has the dignity, the character, the natural strength of a tree? What will inspire us to cultivate these things in ourselves, if the last tree falls? Our great teachers, the Baal Shem Tov, Hillel, Jesus and Rummi will survive forever in the words they left behind. But how will the lessons of the animal, the river and the tree survive, without their living presence? The truth of nature, "Mysterious Nature, Nature Be Blessed," can only be learned in the experiencing of nature itself. Word of the Dream "In the Bible God gives man dominion over nature. Isn't this but one example of the way man has always sought to overpower and subdue nature rather than accept and sublimate it? Wouldn't it be better to work with nature instead of against it?" The Wiccan Rede “Heed the flower, bush, and tree by the Lady blessed you'll be. Where the rippling waters go cast a stone, the truth you'll know.” We who are of the House of We celebrate the Book of the Green.