I heard a phrase on the radio the other day that I haven’t heard since I was a young’un. I was listening to a country music radio station on the way home from work and a song by Miranda Lambert came on. The song is called, “Mama’s Broken Heart.” In the song, Mama tells the girl to ‘Run and hide your crazy and start acting like a lady.’ I laughed out loud because I can remember Mama telling her brothers and sisters that they needed to just ‘run on and hide their crazy.’
It is just so funny to me how things just kind of surface in our lives to give us a ‘heads up,’ so to speak. Who knew that I would be dealing with bat-shit crazy this week? Something always seems to be stirring, huh?
Let me preface what I am about to write. Firstly, I am not Wiccan. I am not Gardnerian. I am not a Voudouist. I am a Witch. I practice in many different ways. I employ animism, rootwork, herbalism, spoken and written spells, rituals to God and Goddess, dancing (naked and clothed), naturism, shamanism, and Native American medicine. I am accountable to a small circle of friends, not a coven.
I have had a love of magick (and yes, I spell it with a ‘k’ because I choose to). I am a part of the universe and the elements and they are all a part of me. I make no excuses for anything I do in my Path…and I ask for no one’s approval. As long as I feel the energy of the earth, sky, seas, sun and moon….all is well with the world.
I will also say that I have many friends who walk many different paths….Wicca, Voudou, Gardnerian, Shamanism–so many it is hard to even count. They walk their paths with integrity, purpose and devotion.
So…you may ask, what brought all this on? I received a scathing message this afternoon from someone who read my blog. In this message, I was berated for not having been initiated properly by a High Priestess and Priest. I was told that my ‘practices’ were essentially for naught because I did not belong to an authentic tradition, and that I had not fulfilled the ‘year and a day’ requirement. I was told that my spellwork and rituals were too simplistic and my blogs too ‘fluffy.’ I was also warned of my association with the ‘dark’ gods and goddesses.
Did I get angry, you may ask? No. Did I send a message back ripping this person from horn to hoof? No. Did I hurl a powerful, gut-wrenchingly painful curse or hex at this person? No. This person has already made their own bitter, hate-filled, narrow-minded cave to live in. Just by this persons own divisive way of thinking, they have alienated themselves from such a powerful part of the magickal community. They will never allow themselves to get to know some of the most creative, lively magick-filled folk ever created.
I do speak a warning to those of you reading this. Do not discount the power that others hold. Be warned, lest you fall into the ways of the mainline church. If we start to behave the way this person did, we will soon be denominationalizing paganism (though I have already seen some leanings). When we start to get ‘preachy’ about one way being right or wrong, others start to walk around us and avoid us…just like the street envangelist standing on a wooden box at the crosswalk.
My question to you is: How do you respond when you find out that someone’s path is not like yours? Are you open to what they believe? Do you listen intently as they tell their experiences…even though they may not line up with what you were taught or do you stand there with little besoms and flames darting in your eyes just waiting to tell them how wrong their chosen path is?
I am more than used to being told that I am wrong. Being gay, I have been told that my ‘lifestyle’ is not natural so many times, I could circle the world with all the little gay rainbow fairies that passed out by the sheer shock. Being told that something I do is wrong doesn’t even phase me anymore. If I am wrong, I will be the first one to tell you.
It is not your job to live your life as a dementor. It is not required for you to suck all of the happiness and joy out of the world.
If the pagan community were to join energies, despite our differences, just imagine the magick that would encompass this world. To most of the mundane community, magick has been confined to fairy tales and fiction. Gods and goddesses have become only mythology and dragons and other magickal beings have been relocated to artwork and toys.
We have the potential to show paganism and witchcraft as honorable and full of integrity. We have the ability in our very minds and hands to focus intention in ways never dreamed possible. All we have to do is Learn to Play Nice!!! The power is right there in your hands!