Yesterday, I posted to Facebook: "TEA. Thank You, Goddess."
Today, while making my tea, it occurred to me to ask myself: Can I thank the Goddess for tea when I don't believe in the Goddess?
I have said many times that I don't believe in the Goddess; I experience the Goddess. And I do.
I live on this planet, so I experience the Goddess -- the Air, Fire, Water, and Earth that are Her breath, energy, blood, and body. That are literally and metaphorically these things.
Air, Fire, Water, Earth in my everyday experience: I breathe air. I listen for the wind in the trees, down our chimney, against the walls of our house, against the sides of the bus. I feel the wind against my face, against my body, as I walk; it blows my hair in my face these days. I love sunny days; I depend on sunlight even on cloudy days, for the food I eat, for my mental health, for vitamin D, for so much else. I revel in how our cats luxuriate in the sun shining through our living room windows. I love how our back patio is a little sun-trap. My neurons fire, a near-infinite number of tiny points of tremendous energy. I love the moon. I drink water. I drink TEA. I am, myself, more than half water. My blood pumps. Making my tea, I had a clumsy moment which reminded me that I definitely experience gravity, and if that's not an Earth power, what is. I have a body. I walk on the ground. There are trees in our communal back garden, and flowers, shrubs, and other plants in both front and back gardens, and so many of our neighbors' gardens. I can walk down to the end of the block I live on, look east, and see Arthur's Seat, one of the "mountains" in town. Another few steps, and I can see Salisbury Crags. I can go climb them. I can walk across the green at the end of my block. I can go sit on our back patio and listen to the birds and the wind in the trees, and feel the sunlight on my face.
These days, I feel very estranged from that fifth element, that something more, the Spirit which binds all the elements, all life, together.
But I can experience the Air, Fire, Water, and Earth in the everyday.
I can thank the Air, Fire, Water, and Earth -- including humans -- responsible for my tea.
Thank You, Goddess.