Pagan Veterans of the United States of America has chosen purple as the color of its flag and its headwear. While that choice may seem completely natural it really should be explained. You see, the organization didn’t choose purple because it was an inherently “spiritual” color.
The membership of PVUSA chose purple because it is really the combination of two other colors; blue and red. Blue is the color of fidelity, loyalty and dedication; traits that definitely describe just about anyone who has volunteered to serve their country in uniform – and most of those drafted (for those of you too young to remember the draft just be happy). Red is the color of not only will and strength but of blood and of sacrifice.
If you combine the loyalty and dedication of those who have worn the uniform and mix that with the blood that has been shed far too frequently, you come up with purple. I’m not sure that this is what most people mean when they talk about purple being “spiritual” but it definitely qualifies in my book, just as Arlington qualifies as one of the most “spiritual” places in this country.
Most Pagan traditions honor the warrior, and not just the “peaceful warrior” of commercialism, but the real thing, the people who put themselves out there between our society and whatever and whoever seeks to impose their will upon us. Perhaps, with Veterans Day just around the corner it would be a good thing for all Pagans in this country to remember this.
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