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Find your joy

March 24, 2016

I’m struggling, y’all.  Not with my beliefs, not about the Kindreds but with the hows, whats and whys.  Now there is a couple of reasons for this…I’m a lazy human who wants it easy; I am mostly solitary; I’m a bit hidebound and because of the wider polytheistic/pagan community.  The first two issues are obvious so I won’t bother to discuss them as they kind of go hand in hand.  The third is a big problem, in the name of learning I’ve metaphorically shackled myself by reading of ancient practices and modern conceptions of ancient practices.  I’ve trapped myself between a rock and a hard place and I’m having a hard way crawling out of it to find what is right for me, right now.  I haven’t figured out a way to make it all USEFUL, not just trivia in my head.  My guides, my divination all tell me that I need to stop worrying about what “they” did, what “they” do just do what is right for me.  Yet I haven’t figured how to get through my scroll barrier (to see the visual in my head…yes I’m currently working with this deck for my dailies) to figure out what is right for me.

The constant community struggle, the “do it this way”, the “don’t do it that way”, the “I’m right, he’s wrong”, etc is more than horrify, more than appalling.  It is repelling and completely unhelpful.  The more a someone tries to force conformity in spiritual or religious practice the more I find myself pulling back in disgust.  So let me share some random thoughts with you in no particular order.  None of them have any more merit than anyone else’s, but I feel the need to say them so that they are not doing a dance in on my brain pan all hours of the night and day.

  • Yes the ancients did things that way…in that village or town or land parcel.  Those in the next village/town/land parcel may have done it that way too…or they may not have and that is just FINE.  The “rules” are more for the human psyche than for any divinity and rules change repeatedly over the many long years between us and them.  Sometimes for the good and sometimes for the bad.  Yet we will never be able to go back to “then” and we will never be exactly as “they” were…and THAT’S OK.  Seasons change, people change, deities change, RULES CHANGE.  The only constant is change so stop trying to browbeat, guilt, bully or whatever other technique you do to “win” people to your methodology.  Reducing things to one way is why society has some of the problems it does…
  • Humans are individuals.  We were made to be individuals.  Nothing will apply to everyone and that is OK.  If someone is a consenting adult then whatever they want to do should be at least tolerated as long as it doesn’t involve harming someone who isn’t consenting or is a child (or child-like) AND they don’t expect anyone else to do it as well.  Why would there be so many human differences if we were meant to worship one way?  Why so many cultures?  Let each find their joy in their own way.  Gather like-minds together but remember that you will never agree 100% and THAT’S OK.  Find joy in your differences.  Just because you gather under an umbrella term, that does not mean that everyone believes the same, just that you have similarities.  Not all Hellenes believe or practice the same way, nor Celts, Wiccans, Toms, Dicks, Junes or Julys.  Get your ego out of it already.
  • An atheist by definition does not believe in any divinity or divinities.  So no, you can’t play in our sandbox and why would you want to do so?!  Go build your own and I wish you joy of it.  I’ll happily play right here, thank you very much.  EDITED TO ADD:  You can find joy and wonder in nature, something awe inspiring but this doesn’t make you pagan, it makes you human, a lover of beauty in all its raw, natural forms.
  • Whatever the ancients use to do around this time of year doesn’t really matter.  Decorate eggs, leave hidden gifts for loved ones, have a big meal. Celebrate it in the manner you find meaningful and let your neighbors do the same.  Find your joy and celebrate it.  (I will say that shoveling snow is not a form of celebration, it is torture and I don’t like torture.  Stop that shit and make it green already.  My paws are cold and I’m tired of the wet…sorry whiney tangent from frozen elevations that at least didn’t get the 2+’ of snow in a day…really that crap needs to stay on the peaks…oops doing it again.)
  • There’s a reason why one shouldn’t put politics or religion in polite company because it invarible makes one impolite which often leads to dishonor whether on behalf of the host or the guest.  Mixing politics AND religion is even more explosive.  This political season seems to be shaping up to be the worst one in a long while.  There doesn’t seem to be any good solutions at this point…so agree to disagree and move on.  The more one argues and disrespects your “opponent” the less likely you will convince anyone of your point of view.

I’m sure I had other points I wanted to vomit upon you, my reader, but I’m out of time so let me say one more thing.

Find your joy and do it diligently, and when it no longer is a joy, find another and repeat.

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