30 Day Pagan Journaling Challenge 9-11-2017
There is 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.)
Today’s question is:
What one issue within the Pagan community annoys or angers me? Why?
This is a tough one for me.
For one thing, it’s hard for me to pick “just one thing” – whether it be one thing to write about or do or study or… Yeah, the whole “one thing” thing just doesn’t work for me. (I’m not undecided; I’m just decided on too many things.)
For another thing, I’m a solitary, and a hermit, so I’m not really very closely connected to the community in a physical sense. There is a local(ish) coffee night but it’s a social event (and I haven’t gone for a long time.)
What that all means is that most of my interaction with the Pagan community is online, either through Face Book groups or through reading the articles on Wild Hunt and Patheos. Between them I see a lot of issues that annoy me to one degree or another, but because I’m not actively involved in the community they don’t really affect me all that much.
But one thing that I’ve noticed really does irritate me, and that’s the “dumbing down” of Paganism. People new to the path join Face Book groups and start asking questions.
Now, asking questions is a good thing. That’s a great way to learn. (The only way to truly learn, actually.)
But the questions that they are asking are… Well, let me just give a few examples.
“I’m new to the Pagan lifestyle. Where do I learn about it?”
(Um… You’ve already learned about it. Now go read. Practice. Read some more.)
“What deities should I worship?”
(Which ones call to you?)
“How do I set up an altar?”
(Are there not something like seventeen million books and websites and what-not on this subject?)
In short, newcomers want everything handed to them on silver platter, already chopped into small easily-digestible bits of information.
Then there are the things like people claiming that they are half-fae. Or thinking that their favorite pet is their familiar. Or that every bird, bug, and flower they see is some sort of sign.
Yes, I’m a Pagan and a witch. Yes, I believe in gods and goddesses and magic and other realms of existence. But I also believe in being grounded in the reality of the plane we live on.