…the Fire folk (those who build and keep the gathering fires, who spin and breathe fire) were the ones who lit the torches at dusk? What if there were songs they sung along the way?
…those who love Storm watched the weather, gave reports, alerted the tribe, and also poured offerings and beat the drum for His coming?
…the Sun folk blew the horns and sang the songs at Her rising and setting?
…the Moon folk rustled past our tents in quiet procession, or howled and rejoiced at His fullness?
…and the Green folk garlanded the trees, and the Red folk raised the stangs, and the Earth folk placed the great stones?
…we realized that our goddesses and gods are right here with us, and we celebrated it?
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I thought that's what folk did at pagan festivals? it's been a few years since I could attend one. I love the way you phrased it, creates lovely imagery in my mind.
Makes me want to be there. Also, I suspect there's a few other types of Folk in there.
I'm glad you like the imagery…it's kind of like my “spell” for what I would like to see. I don't think I see this enough at our gatherings. More focus on “themes”, etc.
I go with 12 myself, but our names for Them are born the the nexus of nature and perception. There are many ways to see, I agree!
I'm not talking “spirits” of the Sun, Moon, Earth, etc. I'm talking seeing the Earth Herself, as we see Her, as Goddess and All-Mother. Will we put human faces on her in our art, our songs, our poems? Of course! That's what we do. That's what we've always done.
Here's the secret:
we tell Them about Themselves.
I think its a cool idea. I know at gatherings an d in our pagan practices we do this alot. But the “people” of certain duties. Would really make one focus and embrace that part of the earth.
Just gorgeous, Chris. So well said. More, please!