I think there are many reasons why people choose the Pagan Path…
For some, it is an opportunity to put their faith into a cause that is truly important to them, be it feminism, ecology, democracy, diversity, or whatever.
For others, it’s a form of escapism – getting away from rules, rigidity, authority, dogma, anarchy, patriarchy, etc.
Some like the idea of going back to the “olde ways”…of practicing the faith of their ancestors, of following traditions that have been handed down over time.
Many find that traveling the Pagan Path lights an “inner spark” within them…they feel a sense of acceptance, of belonging. They find within the Craft a sense of themselves that they could not find anywhere else.
So which of these describes my reason for becoming a Pagan? Any and all of the above. I became a Pagan because I was called to it…by the spirits of my ancestors; by the spirits of the Air, the Fire, the Water, and the Earth; by the spirits of the Lady and the Lord. In my humble opinion, one does not seek the Path…rather, the Path seeks you.
All of us are called to the Path, but only those with sensitivity, understanding, appreciation for the laws of nature, a sense of connection to the world around them, courage, energy, a bit of risk and daring, and the willingness to plunge into the wilderness of our souls without a road map will actually take up the journey. And what a journey it can be!
It is not a journey without its trials and tribulations, without its sorrows and sacrifices. Yours truly has been blown off her feet by the tornados, burned by the flames, drenched in the floods, and weathered many an earthquake over the years! The spirits are not always kind, but they are always wise.
Being here in Deaf Pagan Crossroads is a part of my personal journey…a very important and integral part of the Path. To be able to share my identity as a Deaf person and my spirituality as a Pagan with others who might be able to understand and appreciate my perceptions of such is indeed a true gift from the Goddess.
My hope is that we can all use our little “crossroads” as a place where we can come for love and understanding, for nurturance and acceptance, for guidance and support, for knowledge and wisdom, for friendship and trust. A place where we can share laughter and tears, joys and sorrows, hopes and fears. A place where we can be serious one moment, and silly the next.
I hope that you will come to visit often, and benefit from being here. Each of us has much that we can teach, as well as learn. Don’t be afraid to share what you have experienced on your own journey…the lessons learned as you travel your own path. Share your thoughts! Ask your questions! Post your comments, and join in the discussions of the various blogs presented here.
Being of the Pagan Path is not for the weak of heart, or the weak of spirit. As a good witch friend of mine once said, “witchcraft is not a religion of the lazy!” If you want a religion that will hand over all the answers on a silver platter, then Paganism might not be for you. The Path demands a lot from us, but it does give much in return.
But remember…you can’t receive if you don’t first send out.