Sometimes I swear that if I ever were to practice “pop-culture” paganism–I’d go for Star Trek as my inspiration and home-ground.
It doesn’t really fit, not exactly…except perhaps mashing cultural religion or philosophical beliefs together. I mean, Vulcan logic-based culture is appealing, considering how emotional I am; and the logical philosophy would be something I could wrap things around. And well, there’s all the points about religion in the series. Admittedly I’d be more focused on TOS and TNG, because those are my favorites. From those two alone, I would have plenty of things to use for my beliefs…were I inclined. I just can’t get behind the whole Bajoran thing and anything from VOY or DS9…both of those just annoy me too much.
More likely though, I could wrap it as my standard jokes. I mean…who doesn’t love some of the TOS actors? Certainly me…I adore some of those actors. My family jokes that I worship DeForest Kelley (Leonard McCoy), Leonard Nimoy (Spock), Nichelle Nichols (Nyota Uhura) and George Takei (Hikaru Sulu). Those were my favorite characters, and admittedly I do gush about favorite characters, regardless of fandom. – although in all honesty I love all the characters off TOS, they’re all just precious; but that’s a digression.
It would be a bit interesting. I do assume that there are people out there who use Star Trek as a basis for pop-culture paganism–I just don’t know about any of them myself.
But I could go for that. I mean…you have the empathetic heart, the functional and logical mind, the fierce communicator, and a cheerful personality that also had quite the wit. All pretty good parts to consider and things that could be looked to. Perhaps almost like “personifications”, which are common enough in paganism of all stripes. Sometimes, personifications are the manifestations of the gods…so it’s not too far off base to even consider this as a frame of worship and belief.
I have no real desire to practice pop-culture paganism. And I’d never actually use Star Trek for it either; it just doesn’t suit me as a polytheist, pagan, practitioner–not at all. But I do deeply appreciate these characters. They’re rich, complex and do make for compelling personifications.
I need something more complex and concrete than just personifications of aspects or deities. And if I ever were tempted into pop-culture paganism, for sure I would start here. It’s more appealing and less over-done than Harry Potter (the obvious choice) or other things, like Marvel and it’s portrayal of Norse mythology.∗