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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Samhain 2011

First, going into the Winter holiday season, may I have a quick word? Thanks. There's something I need to get off my chest about Paganism: it is an actual and for real religion. It is not "spiritual, but not religious." It is not enlightened agnosticism. It is not merely a rejection of Christianity. It is more than an acknowledgement of the interconnectedness of the world and all parts of it.

All of those things are wonderful, and I am not putting them down. They are not, however, Paganism ~ or Wicca, or Druidism, or Shamanism, or any of the other Pagan paths. Paganism has a creed and tenets and beliefs you must follow in order to be Pagan. An' ye harm none, do what ye will is pretty damn tough to actually live out. "Harm" is a lot more open ended than just "don't be an ass." "None" means, well, none. The people you like; the people you don't like; people you don't even know; yourself. None is everybody. And there's nothing about intention in there, either. Did you notice? "But I didn't mean to..." isn't an acceptable excuse. There's little vague or undefined here. And that just scratches the surface.

I get that calling oneself Pagan (or Wiccan or a Druid or, or, or...) is sexy and interesting and a little edgy. And if you know me at all you know I am keen on sexy and interesting and a little edgy. Just please...learn about this religion before you claim to follow it. Otherwise, find another way to be sexy and interesting and a little edgy. I'll totally support that.

Meanwhile...

Lithus likes sherry

I prefer white wine

All Hallow's Eve ~ Welcome to our home!
Blessed Be, my friends.

Those are Pobble Thoughts. That and a buck fifty will get you coffee.

7 comments:

MikeC said...

I've had Wiccan friends along the way ever since college. I'm honored to count you among them.

BostonPobble said...

Mike C ~ ::clink:: Here's to the Mike C-Pobble Mutual Admiration Society.

Bill Dameron said...

You may be the first Wiccan that I know! That was very enlightening and makes me want to learn more. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I was completely distracted from your serious and thoughtful writing by the pictures of the yummy-looking stuffed pumpkin...mmm...
-Keli

Neo-Prodigy said...

Blessed be indeed.

BostonPobble said...

Bill ~ Everybody should know at least one witch. I'm happy to be yours. :)

Keli ~ Email me (your DH has my address) and I'll get you the recipe. It's as good as it looks, or better.

Neo-Prodigy ~ Thank you.

Gay Soldier's Husband said...

Mmmm, pumpkin. Oh, and there are Pagan RULES? I guess I'll have to just start calling myself a heathen ;)