You know what? I just realized something. I haven’t actually “come out of the broom closet” so to speak. I mean I guess people know because I’ve never really been secretive about it but I’ve never really come you and shouted “I’m a Pagan” either. I never saw the point. I have a bunch of christian friends who go about and do “praise Jesus our savior, let me help you find the path to salvation” and I really didn’t want to be that person who did the whole “my path is the right one”, not to mention it goes against the morals of paganism. My mom is kinda bi-polar when she remembers that I do actually have a religion (I was big on athisim after multiple bad experiences with Catholics and Christians) one the one hand she is like “cool, good for you” and then she says it’s childish and a phase that I will grow out of. These things have really kept me from doing things I would like to do. Like I wanted to do a ritual for my child when it’s born to welcome and bless it into the family sort of thing but I am afraid that people (meaning family and close friends) will be uncomfortable with me doing that because it’s not what they believe or it goes against their beliefs. I am not even sure what my boyfriend thinks of my beliefs because we’ve never really talked about it. I’ve mentioned it but he never really gave me a response. I know that if I ever do get married I would love to do a handfasting ceremony but again I have no idea what the others would think and I don’t want anyone to be uncomfortable there is also the small problem that it is really hard to make a handfasting legal in the eyes of the law. Because paganism is not really registered as a legal religion and I don’t think any clergy in my area who can legally preform a marriage would be comfortable doing a pagan ceremony. But that again is getting off topic. There is also next to no pagan community in my area. I know only one other pagan and that’s my grandma’s third ex-husband. Which is one of the reasons I started coming on Tumblr. It’s really hard to look only to books to learn the craft (not to mention all the books on the topic in my local bookstore are by SilverRaven Wolf or Scott Cunningham which while somewhat informative are kinda bias). I’ve actually learned quite a lot from some of the blogs on here and also found my favorite pagan podcast from a post. (It’s really informative and non-bias, really good information for beginners, highly recommend it. Another Pagan Podcast on ITunes. Sorry for advertising it a lot but it’s helped me out a lot and I think they deserve more recognition then 102 likes on FB) Anyway, I just came to the realization today that even though I have mentioned practicing in some of my posts I’ve never actually mentioned my religion.
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Don’t be a douche bag.
- Taken from Another Pagan Podcast in Episode 4. If you haven’t checked them out seriously, do it now. It’s free on ITunes and they are great to listen to.