Sacred Fire Magazine
The Modern Voice of Ancient Tradition.
I was at Baldface Books in Dover this week. I love the store because they always have something different to offer. I find lots of older pagan books, poetry, science fiction Ö I even get older laser-disks there Ö you remember those, right? The old video disks that look more like LPs with a 45-sized hole in the middle?
Anyway, Baldface Books has a magazine section that has the sort of magazines that you wonít find at most other places. Looking through the rack this week I came across a magazine called ďSacred FireĒ. On the cover is one of my favorite people, Ram Dass. The magazine is a bit more expensive than a copy of Newsweek or Scientific American, but looking through it I realized that I would be likely to get far more from it.
I canít speak to other issues, but Issue 7 this year is 64 pages of meaningful poetry, prose, interviews and reviews on a backdrop of fabulous art and photography. Itís a magazine that is designed to make you think about your relationship with the world in which you live. From a lowly mink on a college dissection table, to the gas that is burning in your stove and heating your next meal; From the violence that happened on 9/11 to what part we, and our way of life might have played in the attitudes that shaped that day, Sacred Fire seems to be saying that nothing that we do or experience is done in a vacuum.
Sacred Fire has some regular departments, including editorials, columns, poetry and fiction, provocations, reviews and more, and a number of feature articles. I can honestly say that nothing that Iíve read in this issue has left me untouched in some way. The writers are very good at their craft and the material is provoking.
Robert Sachsí article, The Wheel of Sharp Weapons, beautifully illustrated by Karma Thupten, really opens our eyes to the part that we play in what happens to us, whether on a personal, institutional, regional, national or global level. Actions have consequences. This article also pointed out something that Iíve found so true: that laws donít eliminate bad things. We canít legislate hatred out of existence, or greed or intolerance. The only escape from The Wheel of Sharp Weapons is deep change, so deep that we arenít spinning that wheel to our own destruction.
Near the end of this issue was a deeply touching fare-well letter by Andre A. Buenfil Friedman. Andres died on October 4, and this was a letter sent to family and friends prior to his passing. I always find it strange that so many of us donít find out what life is about until itís almost gone. Weíre caught up in the race for success and material gain, and never stop to realize that the only time that we have is right now. Andres pointed out many things and asked some very poignant questions, one of which was: ďHave you lived the life your heart wants?Ē
I think that many of us try to save up money and time and resources so that one day we might have the opportunity to do what we really want. But I heard a musician once mention that no matter how hard we work to make time in the future, weíll never have more of it than we do right now.
In short, Sacred Fire is an amazing magazine, and while it seems somewhat devoted to indigenous religions, the publisher told me quite directly that they are on very good terms with the Neo-Pagan community, and I can certainly see why.
I donít know if Iíll subscribe or just keep looking for it on the shelves at Baldface, but this is one magazine Iíll continue to look for.
If youíre interested in checking out Sacred Fire, you can look for a link on the PaganFM! web site.
© 2009, Deirdre A. Hebert