So just after a General Election what else are we going to talk about but UFOs and Aliens?

“Engage Warp Drive”.

“Make it so”.

And off shoots the USS Enterprise using its amazing warp drive.

Standing on Earth, looking up into space, seeing all of those stars shining in the night sky is, to me, a deeply humbling exercise. If I’m having a hard time a quick step outside and skyward glance is often enough to put things into perspective. A reminder really how small I am, how insignificant my problems are in the scheme of the Universe.

A bit like listening to this song:

The stars I can see are only those of my own Galaxy, and there are countless Galaxies in the Universe. It is inconceivable to me that there is no other life out there. A completely ridiculous idea. But have any of those life forms developed to the point of serious space travel? UFO enthusiasts will say yes. There’s no doubt that there is evidence of visitations from Other Worlds, and when you look at the UFO files the descriptions are very close to the old stories of Faerie visitations from earlier history. So we seem to have been visited for a long, long time.

As a Pagan I don’t feel the idea of life on other planets threatens my spiritual views. I know it can be hard for some religions to come to terms with the idea that God might not purely be focussed on this little blue planet. That when we talk about creation we have to now look further than the time span of Earth – that creation is a lot bigger that we thought when humans first wrote the Bible or the Koran. Denying it won’t change anything.

So how does the idea of life on other planets work with my Pagan view?

I don’t think animism, Gods/Spirits of Place, Elemental Spirits would have any problem transposing to elsewhere in the Universe. I already look to the stars, the Sun the Moon for inspiration and connection, so I have no problem looking even further. If I close my eyes and try to imagine life on other planets I obviously colour it with human experience – seeing carbon-based lifeforms, but that’s only because of our current scientific advancement, and this will change over time, as new discoveries are made.

A new discovery (that admittedly needs more research) is something that, on the surface, looks like it could lead to the discovery of a real Warp Drive. A method of travel that would mean we could get to Mars in three minutes! The question is, if there is other life that has already discovered a similar form of travelling huge distances in space, why are they here?

Or to put it another way, if we discover this form of travel, why would we use it?

Much of science fiction has already become science fact.

Maybe other life forms elsewhere in the Universe also wonder about aliens visiting them, and maybe we will one day be those aliens. With these possible developments in space travel, it is looking increasingly likely.