Fire is important.
Like Majick, it is energy; like Majick, it can be used for good or evil. Fire can keep you warm – or it can burn down your village. What makes the difference is intent.
The element of Fire, likewise, is energy. It, too, can be used for good or for evil, depending on intent. Our intentions are entirely honourable: we intend to act for the preservation of our history and the propagation of our historical past. Not only that, we are looking to encourage people to respect Witchcraft and Paganism as they are encouraged to respect other religions, people of different cultures and the disabled.
Fire is for Activism.
We’ll make no secret of the fact that we can be quite militant when it comes to insisting on our rights, either as Witches, as Pagans, as Britons by heritage – but the difference is we won’t force a set of beliefs onto anyone, believing in ourselves the essential folly of that action. Instead, we say, let’s all have equality of respect – nobody, and no belief, is intrinsically better or worse than anyone else. We may differ materially, but qualitatively we are all the same.
But if we are all equal, we should all have equal rights.
We, as Witches and Pagans, and indeed Britons, are being treated differently to others. The evidence is manifold – if Christians can castigate us as devil worshippers with impunity, as they have often done, then that negates the balance. If we were to show them the same level of disrespect then we would be hauled before some Grand Inquisitor or other before we even shut our mouths. If Christians – or anyone else for that matter – were to desecrate a copy of the Qu’ran, many Muslims would take to the streets in uncontrollable riots, destroying all in their path. They would likely be excused, whereas were anyone to burn a Bible, anything stronger than a stiff letter to The Times would meet with heavy legal penalties.
It’s worse for Pagan folk in many, many ways. It was only recently that the rights of Pagan workers equalled that of their Muslim colleagues in the provision of worship, thereby setting a legal precedent. Only recently have Pagan beliefs been taken seriously in many areas of law, employment and so on. But we still have many mountains to climb and battles to fight if we’re ever going to rid ourselves of the stigma of outsiders in our own country.
Hence the reason for our fire pages. Have you fire in your veins enough to help us? The more support we have the better.
Show how much you care. Light the fire.