The Seasons

The religions of the seasons are multifaceted and fluid – there are a variety of beliefs, and many of them are incompatible with each other. No one represents the seasons per se, but there is widespread belief in the seasonal spirits.

Some believe that the seasons are really one spirit, a being that changes over time and in a cycle, and contains within it the consciousness and personality of the forest itself.

Others believe that each season is a distinct spirit, ascendent in its own time, waxing and waning in power like the moon.

Still others believe that there are whole hosts of seasonal spirits, some of whom are more powerful than others, each of whom has its own personality, aims, and motives.

As a result of these beliefs, there are few that are common, though belief in the season spirits is more widespread than any other religion. There are minor local cults that worship some particular named spirit or another, but just as often people revere the spirits as a whole, or as a host within a particular season. Revere is the correct word also – though there are several religions associated with the seasons, most people simply acknowledge, respect, and sometimes fear the seasons.

Offering and sacrifices are more common in worship of the seasons than in other religions of the Geisterwald, but the nature of those sacrifices vary. Most are made to objects associated with each season, and the spirit(s) of each season prefer different offerings. Some are mundane and material, such as fruit or meat, while others can be quite abstract, such as revenge, or secrecy.

Here are the more common seasonal associations:

Summer: Death, birds, withering, shadows, fire, dryness.

Spring: Breaking, transformation, strength, competition, battle.

Autumn: Secret knowledge, the future, prophecy, rebirth, decay.

Winter: Stillness, silence, preservation, meditation.

The Seasons

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