Natural Philosophy is a splinter aesthetic that is a more mature version of academia.
It involves natural topics like flora and fauna but also for example philosophy, language, geology, archaeology or cultural studies. It emphasizes curiosity and to never stop learning. Be it through experimenting or academic studying - optimally both of them. It´s also a vintage aesthetic with focus on the 19. to early 20. century - the time of the natural philosophers, when all sciences blended into each other.
Natural philosophists will most likely collect rocks and gemstomes, skulls and books. They also like to do some things in an old fashioned way so you´re most likely to find ink and quill on their big dark wood desks. They may also have a library and a collection of letters of their correspondence with like minded beeings. Also Plants are good to study whilst they grow.
Spending a lot of time outside is as important as studying books. Activities that fit this aesthetics are:
- Going on walks
- Collecting flowers, rocks, bones ...
- Writing (letters or literature, also poems, articles and whatever you like)
- Studying ( for example languages, biology, archaeology, anatomy)
- exploring (can be your backyard or a new country)
- Organizing your collections of curiosities
- Expanding your library
- Generally doing things in an old fashioned way
An antique clock will tick whilst you read, a candlestick is slowly burning down, there´s rain pattering against your window. The next day you wake up early as the pale sunlight pours into your room. You put on your boots and walking skirt and head outside. The world is ready for you to discover all it´s phenomena.
- Archaeological sites
Natural philosophers tend to study in solitude but connecting with like minded people is also great. They will write letters or go on a hike together. Plants are good companions but also a range of animals like dogs, cats and small critters.