Since the beginning of written records, humans have had solar deities. It is not for us to argue about which name we give the Sun. We must come to terms with the fact that it was born of a virgin, on December 25th, died on the cross, or was resurrected after three days. The truth of the matter is that this story is played out for us each year in the heavens, astronomers as far back as we have records were aware of this fact. Even before the art of writing began, this timeless story of timekeeping was told. It is our place, and our turn to rediscover our roots, honor the fire that is the Sun and the other eternal forces with which we must make peace if we are to survive into the next seven generations.
For the many pagans among us, the BP oil spill is as offensive to our sensibilities as the crucifix canned in a jar of urine. In fact, it is even more offensive. The Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit are all routinely desecrated. Just not as obviously as they are playing out in the Gulf of Mexico. As we interact with our modern world, even the fires that warm our homes have been isolated from us, out of sight out of mind, in airtight boxes. The air is defiled routinely and taken for granted except for days that we are warned it is unsafe to breathe. Water is used as a disposal vehicle. The only time we feel that we can trust it’s purity is when we pay for a plastic bottle full. The Earth itself has been reduced to a source of mineral wealth and the life-giving soils have been turned to sterile, inhospitable dirt. I don’t have to point further than the morning paper to show you examples of corruption of spirit. Pagans recognize the sanctity of each of these elements and the unity of their energies. Assaults on any one of them degrades our human potential and cuts us off from Creator. As sentient beings, we have the responsibility to our maker to be passionate caretakers of the elements. Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit are aspects of our living god/ess. To deny this fact or cut ourselves off from their bounty is to ignore Mother Nature, Father Sun and the Spiritual side of our selves.
I don’t feel as if there is nothing that can be done to reverse this tide of depravity. In fact, because we live with these problems day in and day out, I think that we are well armed in the struggle to regain our status as earth worshipers, air worshipers, fire worshipers, water worshipers and spiritually attuned creatures. What it will take, for us to take these important steps, is will. When we begin to realize the true costs of doing things the other way, the way we do things now, it can only motivate us to change. We need more people who are willing to teach the intimate knowledge of the planet that we have. I am at a point in my life where I have responsibility for three generations. My own, my children’s and my grandchildren’s future depends on making better choices. Education as has been said by much wiser people than me, is the second most expensive thing in the world. The most expensive thing is ignorance.