30 Day Pagan Journaling Challenge 9-1-2017

Welcome back!

So there’s a 30 day Pagan journaling challenge for the month of September set up on Instagram and I thought it would be fun to do it – and would get me back into the swing of things as well.

And back into blogging here as I answer the posts. (I’m not much of an Instagram person.)

The first prompt is:

How do I see myself as a Pagan?

I’ve been wrestling with this question because there are so many ways to interpret it.  I came up with “What does being Pagan mean to me?” and a friend suggested “What makes you consider yourself Pagan?” Between the two of us that seems to have pulled it a bit more into focus for me.

So…

How do I see myself as a Pagan?

Eclectic.

I describe my path as “Highly eclectic solitary Pagan with a dash of Druidry, a bit of Buddhism, a dab of Tao, and a shake of Shamanism (or a hint of Hedgewitchery, whichever you prefer).

I am most drawn to the Greek pantheon, and have been since high school, but I’m not strictly Hellenic. My path is too far eclectic for that.

For instance, Blodeuwedd’s story resonated with me from the very first time I read it. I’m also drawn to Kwan Yin (because if there’s anything this world needs right now it’s more compassion).

And I follow the Wheel of the Year because it makes sense to me. (I don’t live anywhere near the equator – seasonal changes are very noticeable.)

There’s also the fact that my belief system is a little… different… even by Pagan standards.  I’m monotheistic, duotheistic, polytheistic, pantheistic, and animistic, and yes, all of those “istics” manage to live in perfect harmony inside my head.

Being Pagan means thinking for myself, stepping outside the mainstream and looking at things from a different point of view. It means trusting my own intuition and understanding, and being open to changing my viewpoint if new information reaches me. (Just as I moved from traditional Christianity to the “New Age” movement to Goddess worship, to Wicca, to Eclectic Pagan.)  It also means seeing the world as a living being, and knowing that our deities are part of the world, not apart from it. It means knowing our deities, not just “believing” in them.

(“Most witches don’t believe in gods. They know that the gods exist, of course. They even deal with them occasionally. But they don’t believe in them. They know them too well. It would be like believing in the postman.” Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad)

(Or, as a quote I’ve known much longer but have forgotten the source, “I don’t believe in the Goddess. I don’t believe in rocks either.” Or something like that. It’s been a couple decades or more.)

So there you have it – more or less.

How would you interpret and answer the question of “How do you see yourself as a Pagan?”

 

 

 

 

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