When the tribe foregathers, the sacred Fire of Gathering is lighted.

It burns through the duration of the gathering. The priesthood make offerings to It daily and pray for the well-being of the People.

At the end of the gathering-time, the Fire is bid farewell, and ritually extinguished.

There are, of course, innumerable laws governing the treatment of sacred fires. The single most important is this: Treat the Fire as you would an honored guest.

Three in-the-nutshell guidelines to bear in mind:

1. Greet the Fire whenever you see It.

2. Only fuel and offerings go into the Fire.

3. Act respectfully in the Fire's Presence.

You know the saying: Take care of Fire, and Fire will take care of you.