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Giordano Bruno


I have been reading much of late…in particular, two books by James Lovelock, setting out the case for Gaia and the ensuing extreme weather generated by a change in our climate, among other things, some would argue! 


DSC01462This is not a blog about Climate Change or, even, extreme weather…enduring it is quite enough!

DSC01467This is about an extraordinary human being, who, 400 years before James Lovelock, set out the case for our Earth being alive…as I know her to be today!

DSC01464For this and other beliefs, Giordano was burned at the stake in the year 1600.

DSC01471Giordano Bruno, born Filippo Bruno, was an Italian Dominican friar, philosopher, mathematician, poet, and astrologer.

DSC01472He is remembered for his cosmological theories, which conceptually extended the then novel Copernican model.

DSC01470He proposed that the stars were just distant suns surrounded by their own exoplanets and raised the possibility that these planets could even foster life of their own (a philosophical position known as cosmic pluralism).

DSC01469He also insisted that the universe is in fact infinite and could have no celestial body at its “centre”.

DSC01463Beginning in 1593, Bruno was tried for heresy by the Roman Inquisition on charges including denial of several core Catholic doctrines (including Eternal Damnation, the Trinity, the divinity of Christ, the virginity of Mary, and Transubstantiation).

DSC01460So, you can begin to see why I have warmed to this rather extraordinary and brave human being!

DSC01458Not, as some would imagine, for having strong views…but for daring to question!

DSC01457Bruno’s pantheism was also a matter of grave concern.

DSC01456 The Inquisition found him guilty, and he was burned at the stake in Rome’s Campo de’ Fiori in 1600.

DSC01452In short, Giordano Bruno was burnt at the stake just over 400 years ago for maintaining that the Earth was alive!

DSC01449After many years of isolation in the science community, James Lovelock was acknowledged as the bearer of truth, sometimes a painful burden to carry in a society fixated with staying well inside the box!

DSC01447I know from my intimate work with Mother Earth, that she is indeed alive.

I open myself to her communication.

DSC01439Her voice grows louder with each passing day…indeed, many of you hear or feel her communication.

DSC01432The change in acceptance of James Lovelock’s Gaia theory was summed up in a declaration published by scientists from the four international research programmes in 2001 which said…

DSC01428“The Earth system behaves as a single, self-regulating system,comprised of physical, chemical, biological and human components. The interactions and feedbacks between the component parts are complex and exhibit multi-scale temporal and spatial variability.” DSC01426We need to make peace with Her…and to do that we need to listen!

Thank you for supporting Bealtaine Cottage…there is a link at the top of this page where you may choose to purchase a book, calendar or map. Blessings X Colette


16 years of Goddess Permaculture through the Bealtaine Project at Bealtaine Cottage, West of Ireland. Colette O'Neill is a writer, photographer, environmentalist and teacher who has devoted the past 16 years to turning 3 acres of derelict land into a woodland sanctuary for all life, planting over 1,100 trees in the process. Colette posts prolifically across Social Media, encouraging planting of trees and regeneration of Mother Earth. Her life energy is now devoted to the Great Goddess, Mother Earth!

13 thoughts on “Giordano Bruno

  1. Something I do find sad about James Lovelock is that he has decided we have to go down the Nuclear Power route, basically because he sees that Humanity generally will keep demanding more power, and nuclear is the ‘cleanest’ way to get that power (in his view). Bruno sounds amazing.
    Thank you for your beautiful words, photos and wonderful inspiration, Colette xx

    1. I agree with your words entirely. I greatly appreciate Lovelocks words and the ridicule he must have initially suffered from his colleagues in the scientific community. His advocacy for nuclear is disturbing, but like George Monbiot, I *think* his reasoning is more to do with how we can provide electricity in the same volume as we do now, but with lower CO2 emissions – however, in my opinion, we cannot continue with ‘business as usual’ and we need to address consumption of so many things, electricity included. Nuclear for me, is a no go, because of the inherent problems with ‘waste’ which, after 60 years, are still not addressed is satisfactory manner.

      1. I fear his message is being drawn down into smaller issues and, as you say, we need to address our over consumption of utilities like electricity and power down to a more realistic consumerism. The issue is too important to be side-stepped by nuclear…it is not really accepted as far as i can see. I am regarded as an oddity in my quest to live a more simple and frugal existence, yet that is the issue really…to live as lightly as possible on every level as a way to begin to deal with climate change.

        1. You are absolutely right that we must not divert from his core message because of some of his views. I very much like and agree with 90% of the stuff George Monbiot writes, but because I disagree with 10% does not negate the 90% I agree with!

          How strange a world it is, that someone like you Colette, who understands the limits of nature and wants to live a frugal (but intensely connected and fulfilling) existence, is seen as an oddity! We have become an absurd culture that seemingly wishes to destroy our future for the sake of short term pleasure, ego and gain. Hopefully, more and more people will connect with the good work you do and take on board the message! x

          1. It’s a slow journey for many…reluctance to change, interwoven with fear of impoverishment…that’s why I work hard to keep Bealtaine Cottage looking good, as it is encouraging for others to see that a frugal life can be as desirable as one of over-consumption.

            1. Hi Colette, as you say adopting nuclear is addressing the symptom (need for more and more power) not the cause (consumerism, extractive cultures etc). Perhaps Monibot and Lovelock are trying to appease the masses by implying that things can stay the same. Maybe they feel nuclear could buy us time to make other changes to our lifestyles?

              1. I am now reading the second book, (albeit written earlier in 2006) by Lovelock and that is the implication that I am picking up too…appeasement! However, having admitted that I have got to say that his arguments are very powerful and he is a very gentle force in what he has to say! Those of us unafraid to stand on the front line are aware that we address the reality of what consumerism has and is doing to Mother Earth and therefore our own habitat, so strive to power down, live frugally and plant with as much speed as we can muster…spreading out plants far and wide to others. Despite this, or even because of this stance, life is sweeter than most would ever imagine possible! And…thank Goddess, there are more Earth Defenders stepping up to that front line.

  2. Well of course the Earth is alive? It is surreal that any other conclusion could ever have been drawn by either science or religion. God bless our the beautiful miraculous Earth.

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