Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Practical Paganism & The Four Elements

I saw this recently on a Pagan Pride website and I like it a lot. To me is speaks of practical Paganism and new ways to view the four elements.

Air: Education
We're never going to be able to practice our spiritual paths openly if we don't give the public accurate information about what we do and do not do. 

Fire: Activism
People aren't necessarily going to go out of their way to find out what Pagans really do. We have to have the courage to act on our convictions and do what we need to do.

(or as I like to say it, "Lightning candles isn't enough.")

Water: Charity
We know that what we do returns to us. We need to demonstrate this by offering compassion to our communities where it is needed. When we share our own abundance, we show that we trust the Gods to share abundance with us in return.

(and we must respect money as just another tool; one that needs to be used well in order to do good).

Earth: Community
We're never going to be able to practice openly if we don't know anyone else in our local Pagan communities. We need to weave networking webs in our cities, in our towns, in our rural areas. We need these webs to support one another. That support will also show those who would restrict our practice that we are not just a few isolated eccentrics, but are a growing congregation of people who adhere to a faith that, while different, is as valid as their own. That last part is key. 

At FCE we also believe that we must offer respect, as we expect to receive it, and be a positive presence in our neighborhood.


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