Does Saint Patrick’s Day have anything to do with Spirituality or the Green Movement?

I ask this question because everyone wears green at this festivity in which we are supposedly celebrating a holy saint.

Drinking (even if it is green beer) seems the opposite of how we should be responding to this holy and solemn occasion. In other words, while we claim to be grateful for Saint Patrick chasing the snakes out of Ireland, we seem instead to be inviting these same cold-blooded creatures into our very souls!

The reason for this unflattering accusation is that serpents and snakes symbolize our lower corporeal/sensual and worldly values (because snakes crawl over the earth rather than facing heavenwards towards God). So, spiritually speaking, what better way to honor Saint Patrick than to remove such crawling, lowly influences from our inner spirit?

Certainly “going green” on this festive day, means something different than having a concern for the health of environment. And, with all the drinking going on, there is certainly no concern for our inner environment (our spiritual health). Drinking and getting intoxicated symbolizes our intoxication with self-importance, which causes us to see reality in a blurry way and stumble through life.

And the parade?

According to the great spiritual seer Emanuel Swedenborg, a parade of marchers symbolizes God’s love and wisdom both advancing and drawing nearer to our lives. In the opposite sense (when left to flawed human prudence) such marching symbolizes the destruction of spiritual truth and guidance in our lives.

But mindless or not, why stand in the way of people simply trying to be happy for a day and rain on their parade? So please proceed as usual.

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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at
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9 Responses to Does Saint Patrick’s Day have anything to do with Spirituality or the Green Movement?

  1. My favorite part of this is the last line. Very cute. Great thoughts.

  2. snarfy says:

    Finally – some common sense: your last paragraph! Thank you.

  3. Roger Noah says:

    I wonder why St. Patrick chased the snakes out. They are a necessary part of our ecological balance.

    As are, perhaps, the snakes of hell. Without evil to test us, we would not grow. So evil is a necessary part of our spiritual ecology.

    The trick is to keep it within balance. Yes, the right word is ecological balance. An ecology or an Ireland that is overrun with snakes is toxic to other species of flora and fauna.

    So if St. Patrick had not been drunk with green beer, he would have probably not chased all the snakes out of Ireland. But they didn’t know of ecological balance then, did they?

    Even our fearless hero Swedenborg talks of draining marshes and getting rid of frogs willy-nilly. I guess he did not know that if we drained all the marshes, killed off the bats and the toads, and planted lovely gardens with swans we would be unbalancing the environment – as we often do with the lovely green lawns of suburbia.

    • thegodguy says:

      Thank you for your words of caution. However, I missed reading the part about Swedenborg having a lack of conscience when it came to respecting nature. He also gardened.

      Spiritually yours,

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