|How does one define?
||[Jan. 11th, 2006|07:23 am]
:: Proud Pagan Teenagers ::
Okay, so a few months back I was talking to this friend of mine and all, and he's very open-minded but not a big fan of Paganism because when he was "into it" he was following that inaccurate "pennagram is Satanic rock" metal depiction or whatever, had a bad experience because he invited something into his home that he shouldn't have, and doesn't really want anything more to do with it. Too bad, he was never into the actual thing and is now too scared to really get to know what he thought he was into. Oh well, his thing works for him, so . . .
Anyways, I strayed from my topic. One day he asked me, what does Pagan mean to you? I've been asked by several classmates, once I say I'm Pagan, what does that mean?, what do you believe?
I always gave a rather lame-sounding answer, because I wasn't quite sure how to word what it means to me or what I personally believe. I'd just say, Generally speaking, it's multi-deity and/or Nature worship, except usually less smart-sounding, simply because I was unsure of how to word it.
But it came to me the other day, actually, when I was walking home by what in the spring is a large row of lilac bushes that I love to smell. For me it is not so much about Ra or Diana or any of them (though I do like the concept of Thoth and Maat)- because though I think there is/are higher power/powers (I think that God must either be a woman or a hermaphrodite, but that's just me), and that it is quite compatible with both Paganism and, say, Christianity, for their to be the main god and then lesser ones who help Him/Her/It (ex: saints and angels in Christianity, or something like that), that is not what it is about for me.
I have never felt inspired, or whatever the correct word is, in a Church. Mind you, I have not been to many, but when I have I never felt anything. When I walked by those lilac bushes and those trees and stuff, however, that's when it came to me- it's those types of things that inpsire me or make me feel good, not sitting in a hunk of dead wood listening to some droning person read from an often misinterpretted book (I have nothing against the actual concept of Christianity; it just angers me when people warp the bible to accomodate racism and homophobia and stuff). I'm more "at home" in a nature environment, not a building-type one. Does that make sense at all?
So, moving on, what do any of you guys say when people ask you what Paganism is to you or what do you believe?