Last Thursday I read a blog post about “Fluffy Bunny” Pagans, asserting that it was a derogatory term now used for people who preferred to focus on love and light. (The author of the blog states that it originally was used to refer to someone who read one book on Wicca and called themselves a witch. I had never heard that definition, but I do see how it could fit.)
Anyhow, that’s not the issue here. The issue is what it means today, or, more importantly, a different take on it.
See, to me, “fluffy bunny” doesn’t so much refer to someone who focuses on the “love and light” part, but who refuses to acknowledge the darker side.
Yes, the Rede states to “Harm None.” But the Rede also qualifies that with “Lest in thine own defense it be.” (And, then, of course, there is the fact that not all Pagans or Witches are Wiccan, and therefore do not adhere to the Rede.)
So, Rede aside, let’s look at the love and light thing…
Is it balanced to just embrace the light? To only acknowledge it and not the darkness? And is it true to the spiritual roots of Paganism?
My answer is “no.”
Take a look at mythology. Our sacred stories are not all about love and light. Our gods and goddesses have dark sides.
And read The Bible. It’s not all love and light, either – there are some terrifying stories of wrath and vengeance in it. And then look at the Christians – they choose to focus on the love and light. And where does that get them? It gets them afraid of the dark, afraid of their own darker impulses and desires, and that fear led to the creation of Satan, a personification of evil.
(“If evil is, then it lies in the hearts of man.” From “Green and Grey” by Damh the Bard.)
This concept is also reflected in The Devil card in Tarot – being bound by your “lower” nature, letting it pull the strings while you dance to its tune, unaware of the control it has over you.
So, our myths and the Christian ones both have their share of darkness. What, then, is the difference?
To me, it’s that we embrace the darkness and the power it gives. If we stop fighting our lower nature we can use it to empower ourselves and our creativity – use it, not be used by it.
Also, Pagans realize – or should realize – that out of destruction comes creation and new life. Birth, life, death, rebirth… The cycle continues and the darkness overtakes the light which overtakes the darkness which overtakes…
I am Pagan. And I am not afraid of the dark.