Firstly, check out Spirited: Taking Paganism Beyond the Circle by Gede Parma. Its a damn good read, and defiantly one for the shelf.
The author, Gede takes you down the winding corridor of questions and practices that lurke outside the ‘pagan’ or ‘wiccan’ circle. He gets you thinking about various topics surrounding life as a pagan in general. Pagan ethics papers on sexism, LGBT, racism and the nasty keywords many pagan folk call each other like ‘fluffy bunny’ which personally is offensive and just plain rude, everyone learns something new everyday. I would never call someone a fluffy bunny just because they are new to the craft! They probably know more about herbs than I do and I’ve been practising for 10 years!
Over the next few weeks I’ll be asking folks random questions that surround ethics, religion, practise and other spiritual forms outside wicca. As my path continues to flourish I’ve come across the contradiction of authors and teachers telling you the evryday line ‘don’t worry about this or that, we won’t tell you what to do’ yet their books are full of instruction designed to focus the mind subconsciously. I don’t know what I’m going on about.
My point is, wicca is a structured religion that has been the foundation to my spiritual path. As I’ve gone about looking at other paths, as that’s what overall witchcraft and wicca teaches you to do, and I have found out so much. The only problem I seem to be having is not being able to call myself wiccan. Two paths in particular is Kemeticism and Hellenism. The two make it obvious that the female counterpart to magick is not the only way to feel and be magickal. Balance is the key, and as cliché as that sounds its true. I have become closer to the Goddess through the God and its a great feeling. When I flick back and forth through wicca books they are very Goddess orientated, and half the books don’t tell you anything new. Once you’ve read one, you’ve kinda read them all…
I will expand on these elements over time, so please stay tuned and share your thoughts 🙂
Yours in curiosity, Sy x