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It all began with a book…

January 4, 2012
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Something that invariably gets asked whenever Pagans or Polytheists get together is “How did you come to this path?”

It began with disgust with the Roman Catholic Church and the way they treat women.  Roots took hold over the boring and unfulfilling pageantry that they call Mass.  I knew I believed there was something more, something better but I had no idea where too look.  One day I picked up a book that caught my eye.  A woman in robes playing a wooden electric guitar.  Flipping the book over, I read about a harper fleeing Faery leaving her lover behind.  In Denver (my home town), she is introduced to rock and roll.  The woman hopes that the music will be a weapon to win back her lover.

It had a number of things to draw me in…magick, Faery, Denver and music.  It was the first book, I read I think, that introduced me to same sex relationships.  I enjoyed and still enjoy it thoroughly.  It’s still elicits a wondrous reaction… and the opinions of Christianity rang true to me.  (To a certain extent, it still does.)

Any way, it was the author’s bio on the last page of the book that started off a chain reaction.

“…now lives in Denver…and likes it a lot.  She is a minister of Dianic Wicca….”

What?!  What is Dianic Wicca?  Wait!  You mean there could be a religion that supports women instead of denigrates them? A religion that will inspire me instead of making me want to hide who I am and who I want to be?  A religion were I feel wanted and not like just another number?  No way!

After this book, I kept my eyes and ears open for any more mention of Wicca.  It took time.  I studied engineering in college and got married before I found anything out.  Eventually I found a chat room on AOL titled “ask a witch”.  After that I bought my first Scott Cunningham book.  Not long after that Hubby and I went on our first Pagan festival, Dragonfest.  The first ritual I attended was the Drawing Down.  I never looked back much to my mother’s regret.  While I’m no longer on a Wiccanesque path, I do keep a few of the things I learned then on my current path.  And it all began with a book…

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  1. Ambrosius permalink
    January 5, 2012 1:04 AM

    Ask a witch. Hah! The AOL (some of my friends used to call it AO-Hell, you know it used to kick off you randomly sometimes or, freeze up then kick you off, etc. etc.) glory days. Although AOL seems pretty much forgotten now I think it served us well as it served as a bridge for many of us that came to Paganism, Wicca, Witchcraft and other threads of the ‘new age’ mainly through books and websites. In fact, I think we folks of this generation probably owe as much to AOL (and the net in general) as we do to hallmark books and other efforts that have spurred the growth of our ‘alternative’ spiritualities. Anyway, cool story. Blessings.

    P.S. I don’t mean to ‘rag’ on the cover of that book but, honestly, it amuses me because (aside from it reminding me of the 80’s) it looks like Morgan le Fay with a guitar.

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  2. January 5, 2012 8:35 AM

    I owe a lot to the internet. It has kept me sane living in a small town. It connected me with like minded people. It found me crafts to learn…

    I’d love to have hair that color…Actually what made me twitch was the heavy amber necklaces…

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  3. January 5, 2012 7:36 PM

    Sounds like a great book! Will have to look it up… Also my ideal hair colour – just punch it up a little in vibrancy (right now, my hair is several shades of yellow, orange and green after bleaching. Tomorrow – the rainbow! :D)

    My book was “American Gods” by Neil Gaiman; I’ve seen it quoted by many as a turning-point. I was never fully one thing or another – always had one foot in the Otherworld – but that book brought it home to me that Paganism is where my heart and soul lie. It also showed me the modern side of Paganism; that it doesn’t have to be old and stuffy and rigid like all the other options.

    So here I am, an eclectic, over-medium, monotheistic polytheist! And HELL YEAH for the magical internet and its powers of connection 🙂

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    • January 5, 2012 7:48 PM

      Honorable mentions go to “Mists of Avalon” (naturally) and Greg Bear’s “Songs of Earth and Power” and the bazillions of pretty fairytale books I was surrounded by since I popped the hatch 😀

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    • January 5, 2012 8:22 PM

      My hair is a boring dark blond. I’ve added red streaks to it before which was fun by $100 a pop I just can’t afford.

      You know, I’ve read that book. I even have it in my library but damn if I can remember a single thing about it.

      over medium mono-polytheist? oh you’ll have to explain that one.

      Yes Mists and fairytales are givens. Never heard of the other one

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      • January 5, 2012 9:19 PM

        I’m not soft and I’m not hard; I allow for the fact that I really have little to no understanding of how the Universe *actually* works = over-medium. And I’m a polytheist believer who tends to worship only a singular deity at a time. This might change in the future, but that’s my little pigeonhole for now 🙂

        “Songs of Earth and Power” is a 2-book series about a musician who finds himself in Faery – Sidhe Faery, specifically. It’s been years, so the details are fuzzy, but there are Sidhe and spirits and faeries of all kinds and alignments, as well as a quest for the Infinity Concerto. I remember being completely wrapped-up in and transported by the writing.

        I do my hair myself, because my salon experiences have been 98% disappointing and over-priced. It takes a full day of dyeing, washing, separating, bleaching, washing, drying, separating, dyeing, washing, drying and I can’t smell anything for 3 days afterwards, but the results speak for themselves 😀

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        • January 5, 2012 10:46 PM

          over medium. Not an egg eater, so thank you for explaining it. I’m stealing it as that is exactly what I am. And for the record, you are a Henotheist. Worshiping one god while believing in many.

          I’ll keep an eye out for the series.

          I’d be afraid to dye my hair…though I did buy a bunch of henna with the hope of finding the nerve to try it…

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  4. January 7, 2012 11:12 PM

    Hmm, I would consider Henotheism to be a soft kind of polytheism; it definitely describes how I considered Deity to work before. Now I view Them as very much individual, rather than just different versions of each other in different outfits 🙂 I stop short of calling myself “hard” because I’m not rigid in my thinking; I acknowledge that my truth isn’t necessarily Truth. Does that make any sense?

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    • January 7, 2012 11:20 PM

      Henotheism is believing in many gods but honoring one…

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      • January 10, 2012 8:45 PM

        That’s pretty much how I operate in practice. In theory I am interested in other gods, but Ares dominates my time.

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        • January 10, 2012 9:04 PM

          I grew up Roman Catholic and asked Zeus for a Goddess to even him out since I did not want to fall into the ways of my childhood…

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