I remember why I don't have jack fucking shit to do with modern paganism. Witchvox - for the unfamiliar - is an internet landmark for a good chunk of pagans. Deconstructing the Article 'Thoughts on Modern Paganism, Part 1' - AKA Sporky McSnarkeyson Sporkface.I am writing to address several issues that I have seen in modern paganism. To give you my credentials I am a 1st degree Gardnerian, 2nd degree Druid, and 1st degree Shaman. I am currently serving in Afghanistan.
Lolz. It's almost like paganism has become boyscouts - slash - seminary. Just spend enough time doing the step-by-steps and suddenly, you're accredited! There are world religion majors, history majors, sociologists and anthropologists. Those fortes of knowledge can be accredited and can be tied into paganism. Spirituality
, however, cannot be measured by a generally accepted standard and henceforth, cannot be accredited.
If you want to talk the historical and social facts connected to neopaganism, by all means, list away! If you want to talk spirituality itself - AKA paganism itself - then I'll, you know, just laugh.
...started studying other religions in the 3rd grade, starting with Greek, moving on to Roman, then to Egyptian, Celtic, and have touched on Eastern European, Native American, Norse, and the various Asian religions.
Funny how Native American is just kind of a two-word catch-all. Buddy, you didn't study enough if you think your wording is even remotely appropriate - each tribe had their own different belief system, different pantheon, different traditions. Also, just, you know, interesting observation here - Greek, Roman, Celtic, and Norse are all named specifically. I guess 'Asian' and 'Eastern European' don't deserve that same respect. I mean, who cares, right? Hindu, Buddhism, Shinto - they're all the same squinty-eyed thing, innit? Fuck my life...I started having night terrors by age 3 and by age 10 had learned lucid dreaming. By age 16 I was having genuine psychic experiences, including a case where a friend of mine agreed to let me “send” him a dream and write down what he dreamed in the morning. I wrote down what I was going to send before I went to bed and the next day we compared notes.
Aww, guys, lookie - he's trying to be legit! Not impressed. Anyone can say this shit. I can say this shit. Or, you know, you can go the route of my Grandma Mary and just do your thing without the verbal masturbation. She was a healer. I am entirely comfortable in saying that such a specific talent skipped me. ...I continued self-study until I found a teacher and earned my degrees.
Blah, blah, blah, lookit the size of my winkie, lookit it grow!
...Of course there are many more events in there that helped shape me but it would take far too long to go into detail now.
Well. Pantheon forbid. *checks the epic amount of text cut from the original*
(Some newbie shit about tools and materialism in the pagan community - yes, tools are nice, no, you don't need them, it's been five years since I've been into this and we're still hashing this out?)
The next thing I want to talk about is clothing. Clothes do not make the pagan. To be honest drawing attention to yourself with Gothic-style clothes, large pentacles and the like is at the very least a violation of the first law of magic: “To will, To Know, To Dare, and To Keep Silent”.
...um, right, so I do consider myself a pagan (although, honestly? I can't stand 99% of you people) and that's...not...the first law of magic I roll with. So I guess I'm allowed my gothy genderbending clothes all I want!
Or there's this; some of us don't use paganism as the cornerstone of our ego. We are multifaceted individuals who, yes, are pagan - but we're also artistic, goth, punk, alt, or just have a strange taste in fashion.
Is your idea of talking about modern paganism really CLOTHES? I mean, there is community outreach, political activism, disaster relief, gender, orientation and race dynamics, technology blessings and banes, youth - and. we're. talking. about. clothes. OKAY!
I practice my faith here in ACU’s and have not once had a complaint from the God or Goddess that I am in wearing black, or velvet, or anything else. While I do believe in appropriate circumstances Sky Clad is the most appropriate dress that cannot always be the case. If Sky Clad is not appropriate then your nicest clothes should do. In some cases there are clothes that are appropriate for certain seasonal festivals, white for Beltane, but this is more of a guideline.
You're a bossy motha, aren't you? Myself, I consider one of the perks of paganism to not have to worry about the good ol' Sunday best, considering God and Goddess couldn't give a flying CRAP about what I wear, but hey, ymmv. The final thing I will talk about here is nature and man’s relation to it. Too often I see various pagans that never leave the city they were born in and even worse never go into the woods and experience anything. Get off the couch and get out.
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AY CLASSISM YAY CLASSISM LET'S ISOLATE T
HE MARGINALIZED PAGAN EVEN MORE - motherfucker when people are relying on an unstable public transportation service, you really think? You really think? Women, go out and explore the various herbs and plant life. Men, go out hunting and fishing and learn the habits of what you hunt. Both genders then need to take the bounty of each other’s exploring and celebrate it.
I guess those terrifying salmon are too cognizant and mobile for my delicate wimmins sensibilities.
THIS is why I keep my head down and avoid involvement in the pagan community. It's because shit like this just flies on by, people feel more than welcome to say this, think this, and the thing is? Fine. Do it. But - BUT - don't get all pathetic when someone calls you on it.
Finally, I deal with this enough in daily life. My spirituality and religion should be a solace. That solace is NOT to be found in arenas where shit like this is paraded around without a second damn thought.