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Pagans react to Notre Dame fire

Pagans react to Notre Dame fire

PARIS – Monday round 6:20 p.m. native time, a fireplace alarm warned these within the Notre Dame cathedral of fireside however none was discovered.  Twenty minutes later smoke was seen pouring from the roof of Notre Dame de Paris as the highest of construction was engulfed in flame. By eight:00 p.m. the central spire of the cathedral collapsed.

The devastation of watching the long-lasting construction that sits on the coronary heart of Paris was mirrored within the ideas of many inside the Pagan group as they commented on social media.

“My emotions about Notre Dame usually are not complicated, the destruction of such a lovely and sacred website is dangerous, full cease. That cathedral is particular to hundreds of thousands of individuals, and holds priceless artwork and historical past. It’s a tragedy.”

Jason Mankey

Lots of of Parisians crammed the streets across the cathedral and got here collectively to share their sorrow, an indication of unity that overcame any ideas of variations. Loss is common and unifying.

“Might we save as a lot of the great thing about artwork, tradition, and human aspiration as we will. Might we keep in mind and restore what we will. Might our eye for magnificence and majesty be larger than creeds, politics, variations of origin, and no matter present pains and conflicts cloud our sight.”

Ivo Dominguez, Jr.

A number of the posts by Pagans and polytheists mirrored the complexity of conflicted ideas and feelings.

“You don’t want my permission in any method however you’re entitled to really feel nevertheless you are feeling concerning the hearth that has destroyed a lot of Notre Dame de Paris. You could be feeling a complicated bundle of conflicting feelings. Go to your own home altar and really feel what you are feeling. Pray in the event you do this. Weep, if that’s best for you. Acknowledge the extraordinary symbolism of this occasion right now on this place. You aren’t required to wallow in guilt since you weep or, likewise, as a result of you don’t.

And nobody, together with me, is entitled to inform you the best way to really feel about this, particularly in case your religious custom harkens again to pre-Christian Europe. Nobody has that proper. Go to your Divines and your Ancestors, and take heed to Their counsel.

We nicely know–and keep in mind–what this holy place means, in each sense. Sit together with your nice coronary heart, your grief wrapped in your ragged soul, and know you’re sufficient.

Let it’s.”

H. Byron Ballard

“I’ve by no means been to Notre Dame, however I’ve visited different cathedrals in Europe. Instantly upon strolling in I do know I’m in a sacred place. They’re temples to a different God and one other faith, however they provide me some concept of what it should have been wish to stroll into the traditional temples of the Gods I worship. My emotions about the best way Christianity conquered Europe and concerning the politics of the present Catholic Church don’t diminish my emotions of sorrow on the injury to this sacred place.”

John Beckett

Picture credit score: John Trainor – Flickr: Level Zero,

For many who are French or with French ancestry, the loss is much more poignant. Notre Dame is actually the guts of France. All distances within the nation are measured by how far they’re from the cathedral, actually, France’s “level zero.”

“The good hearth that swept by means of Notre Dame at this time is a tragedy of historical past and wonder. When spiritual buildings which have withstood the challenges of time are broken, akin to this church, all of us really feel the loss. Whereas the construction could also be rebuilt, the essence is diminished. I’m grateful that there was no lack of life and that most of the issues of spiritual worth have been saved. Je suis desole.” .

Jean “Drum” Pagano, ADF Archdruid

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is a strong and inspirational historic, cultural, and religious place, not just for Roman Catholic Christians in France however for individuals of many beliefs and nations. I’m among the many hundreds of thousands mourning the destruction brought on by the tragic hearth at this world heritage website immediately.  Therapeutic blessings to this Sacred Website and to Paris, to the firefighters and others who battled the blaze and are coping with the aftermath, to France and the French individuals, to Roman Catholics and different Christians, and to all impacted by this tragedy.  Notre Dame Cathedral, which is over 800 years previous, has endured a lot over the centuries, together with injury brought on by wars, revolution, and neglect.  Might the Cathedral be repaired, restored, and renewed, and should the Divine as Our Woman, and as Nice Mom in Her many varieties information this course of now and in occasions to return.  Blessed Be.

Selena Fox, Circle Sanctuary

850-plus years of historical past have been witnessed by the Notre Dame partitions –the crowning of Henry VI of England as king of France, Mary Queen of Scots was married to Francis II, the coronation of Napolean as Emperor of the French, Joan of Arc was beatified there, and Charles de Gaulle’s funeral was held there.

Few websites have touched so many lives; the online of grief has stretched to all of us around the globe right now, whether or not we’ve stood on the holy floor of Notre Dame, or admired it from afar, whether or not we’re Catholic or Christian or of any religion in any respect. Some locations contact us in methods we don’t absolutely perceive. I couldn’t be extra devastated had I discovered of an earthquake swallowing the Nice Pyramid of Khufu or a aircraft crashing into and crushing Stonehenge.

I consider all of the human craftspeople who labored on the cathedral almost two centuries, the tens of millions who’ve sojourned to its sanctuary, and lots of extra who’ve been struck with marvel at its magnificence. Marvel is such a valuable factor in life, and now part of our marvel has perished within the flames. And but, might it consolation the individuals of France to know they’ve nurtured marvel and wonder, and shared it freely with the world. Some phoenix of renewed magnificence will little question rise from these ashes.

Holli S. Emore, Government Director, Cherry Hill Seminary

Regardless of the occasions held inside its partitions, Notre Dame was constructed on a website that has a for much longer historical past. The Gallo-Roman metropolis of Lutetia lies beneath it on  Île-de-la-Cité.  The Pillar of the Boatmen, found in 1710, was erected by the guild of boatmen courting to 1 A.D. and probably when a temple to the Roman god Jupiter was on the location. The pillar additionally bears the picture of Cernunnos and instantly named him.

By now, lots of you might have seen the information that Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral suffered a really vital hearth Monday. Whereas it’s underneath management lastly, tens of millions are mourning the lack of it’s sacred area, together with a lot of it’s artwork, iconography, and historical past, probably together with the Archaeological Crypt there designed to protect proof of early occupation by the Celtic Parisii tribe and later by Romans. My response is to respect these mourning the lack of sacred area, as we might need for ourselves, our ancestors, and our youngsters. Such areas will all the time have the potential to boost us up and assist us be higher people, even regardless of the Church’s historical past.

Canu Nodiad, First Officer of Covenant of the Goddess

I had the privilege to go to Notre Dame whereas a Humanities scholar in Paris. I keep in mind the primary time I stepped by way of the doorways and feeling the overwhelming measurement and antiquity of the Cathedral. I used to be enthralled on the enormity, stained glass, and statues and but in addition on the architectural perfection that’s Notre Dame. Whereas this hearth is a tragedy erasing tons of of years of historical past, it has been rebuilt again and again after different such devastations. I hope it’ll see a brighter future. My coronary heart is with Paris and France as they mourn the lack of this Lovely Woman.

Janine Nelson, PIO of Covenant of the Goddess

Whereas a minority, different Pagans and polytheists discovered the destruction liberating. Some recommended the cathedral represented two millennia of Christian oppression and terrorism, and have been pleased the constructing was consumed in flames.

However the Steer  of the Troth and founding father of Urglaawe, Robert Schreiwer acknowledged the sentiment however targeted treasures misplaced to the world on this hearth and the horrible ache and devastation for the celebrants of Easter Week. The Steer famous,

The hearth on the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris has surprised the world. Though many Pagans and Heathens have points with the strategies that the Catholic Church used to construct its wealth over many centuries, this cathedral is a world architectural and historic treasure. We’re all diminished by its destruction, and our hearts exit to the worshipers who have been wanting ahead to celebrating Christian Easter this coming Sunday.

There have been a number of fires, together with vandalism, at church buildings in France in current months, and we’re seeing hypothesis in some social media circles that the hearth could also be suspicious. It’s too early to make that willpower; nevertheless, it’s our honest hope that no acutely aware human motion brought about this hearth.


The Steer additionally talked about that his kinswoman, Victoria Younger, posted the next on behalf of the Urglaawe group:

The Distelfink Sippschaft of Urglaawe needs to ship their love, respect, and grief to the individuals of France upon the catastrophe on the Cathédrale Notre Dame in Paris. Whereas the Catholic Church has not traditionally been the pal of non-Christian religions, we ache alongside the parishioners, the inhabitants of France, and the higher world, for the lack of such magnificent paintings, and the sheer dedication of humanity which created the Cathedral.

The Cathédrale Notre Dame has stood for over 850 years, via wars, plague, and revolution. We honour the Cathédrale Notre Dame, and acknowledge the enjoyment that the Cathédrale Notre Dame has delivered to many generations, whether or not it’s by way of their spiritual beliefs or just the sweetness they’ve skilled whereas visiting.

Adrian Moran, member of the Council of Guardians for Fellowship of the Phoenix and in addition writes the weblog, A Path Via the Woods, expresses the impression of historical past and thriller the cathedral incorporates, as nicely optimism for the longer term:

It’s a shock to see such an immediately recognizable landmark in flames. It’s a repository of historical past and artwork. It’s a temple to music, with its legendary organ. It was as soon as dubbed the Temple of Purpose through the anti-clerical days of the French Revolution.  There’s something important concerning the place that reaches out to individuals of all backgrounds and beliefs, even because it’s a Catholic cathedral inside a really secular nation.

The archaeological crypt (open to the general public) exhibits that website was utilized by the traditional Parisii individuals and the Romans as a religious middle. The map of the fashionable metropolis of Paris radiates out from this island within the Seine. Every thing factors to the specialness of the spot, and the spectacular architectural presence of the Gothic masterpiece of the constructing – with arches reaching towards heaven and elaborate stone carving firmly rooted within the earth – signifies that it has transcended the which means of merely being a Christian church.

Notre Dame de Paris is a bit of your complete world’s cultural heritage. The injury is in depth, however I feel it’s inevitable that the individuals of Paris will rebuild it and as soon as once more share the magic of this magnificent place with the world.

Tuesday morning additionally introduced the welcome information that the famed Rose Home windows survived the hearth, intact. As a construction, the cathedral has survived many conflicts–the Huguenots, the French Revolution, and World Conflict II. Throughout WWII, the Rose Home windows have been disassembled and saved safely away ought to the Germans try to wreck the cathedral. Many occasions throughout its lengthy historical past, Notre Dame de Paris has been rebuilt and renovated.

Certainly, already personal people and corporations have pledged over 600 million euro to see Our Woman of Paris restored. Fortunate coincidences just like the 16 bronze sculptures that have been hooked up to the spire and the encompassing roof being eliminated simply days earlier than because of the restoration efforts that have been underway previous to the hearth. In 2015, artwork historian, Andrew Tallon used lasers to scan the whole construction. He handed away in November of 2018, however his work might maintain a number of the keys to reconstruction.

On the time of writing, studies state that the Church stays structurally sound and the well-known rose home windows are protected. The picket roof is gone.  Many gadgets have been rescued through the hearth and some- just like the gargoyles- had been eliminated beforehand as a part of the restoration.  The guts of France could also be a bit battered and can clearly be in want of convalescence, however it beats but inside the individuals of her nation, in addition to outdoors of it, spanning the globe.


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