Pagans are somewhat unique in the modern religious landscape. While I am certainly no scholar of religion, it seems to me that our willingness not only to accept but in some ways to promote the differences that we encounter philosophically, theologically, and liturgically within the Pagan community
is something that hasn’t been found within a religious community in quite some time. In short: we’re a religious community made up largely of eclectics each of us empowered to discover a path individually meaningful and without necessarily requiring that any individual’s path must be relevant to others. Further, we’re asked to take the mythology of ancient cultures and apply it in a way that is meaningful in a modern context.
To that end, I’ve been working to develop and to deepen my own path – my own tradition – for some time now. This article and the others I hope to include in future issues of this periodical, will hopefully be thought provoking for you to read, but my intent in authoring them is primarily selfish: I hope that they will help me to set down in writing my thoughts with respect to the solar holidays. That I undertake this exploration somewhat publicly is not unusual for me. My tradition, even though it is in its infancy, sees the exchange of information as one of the highest forms of righteous social action.
More and more in our modern world, we exchange our thoughts and feelings with others in real time. Whether we’re tweeting or updating our Facebook status, sending an email or voice-chatting in a Google hangout, we’re transmitting ourselves through the Internet with capabilities our ancestors could only dream of. These capabilities can break down traditional separations between cultures and nations and empower us all to seek out others with whom we share common values regardless of where in the world they may live. If we consider the infrastructure on which these capabilities rely in a metaphorical fashion, it can be considered to be a giant web of light reaching around the globe.