Happy Thor’s Day.
Them: “So you’re a pagan?”
Me: “Sort of, I have pagan tendencies”
Them: “Pagan tendencies?”
Me: “Yeah, I believe the pagan spiritual concepts are pretty interesting, but I am not much into religion anymore, so I am not into that part of it.”
I know this conversation because I have had it a couple times. To say you are spiritual but think all religion is made up is a hard thing for people to grasp. I mean I have my rituals of meditation on the Nine Noble Virtues and my ritual of putting on my pendant for the day but that is pretty much it. Mostly I look at paganism spiritual concepts as a way to address the possibility of spiritual reality. In truth, I lean toward the deist side of things with an unknowable divine creator(s). The paganism simply allows me to reach out with my own sense of love and spirituality and address the question of what that divine creator or creators might be.
The issue of course for my family is that they are mostly Christian with a few exceptions. Mostly though I think they have trouble dealing with their long-time husband, father, and grandfather, who used to be a devout Chrisitan, who now doesn’t even go to church or even pray anymore. n short I have a far easier time adjusting to them than they do to me.
Time to Look Through the Eye:
“To see the truth, change one eye for another”
My faith these days is more about lining up my spiritual philosophy of the Nine Noble Virtues with real life. Living virtuously means more to me than the whole mythology of choice thing. I like the Norse myths but the idea that any of those gods actually exist is the real of fantasy and no better or worse than any other mythology out there. For me, Norse mythology is closer to my ancestral roots and resonates with me more. But I ain’t praying to Odin or Thor. If there is any concept I like it is that we don’t pray to them. If there is a divine power of some sort, I would rather have this attitude of standing with them rather than bowing before them.
The reality of my faith is that if there is a god or not is irrelevant to it. If there is my pursuit of virtue should be honored. If there isn’t living by virtue in this world has its own rewards. Either way, this is the reality f choice when it comes to faith.
My pagan religious aspects are few:
- I meditate on the Nine Noble Virtues every morning along with my goals.
- I put my pendant around my neck for the day after taking my shower. Mostly this marks the end of my morning routine.
- I try to view all of life as a large spiritual lesson.
- I celebrate holidays with my family and do it more with a pagan mindset, which is very easy as Christians have stolen most of the symbols for their holidays from the pagans.
I suppose you could add that I study pagan spirituality and religious practice as like reading about the Norse myths. I suppose if I were to ever join a Brethren it would be more for companionship and common interest. Not really all that different than most people in the church.
Human beings are emotional, physical and rational. My theology simply adds spiritual to the mix as a way of tying that all together. There is a unified cohesion to things when you add the spiritual to me. That’s pretty much it.
That spirituality is what gives me my pagan tendencies as I follow the basics of looking at life through a spiritual eye from time to time. Paganism is very much a matter of individual spiritual taste and I embrace that. mY pagan tendencies fit me and who I am and that is pretty much Ok with every pagan I know.
I guess i am content to be the family ‘pagan’ for now. I don’t have too many problems with it. So far things are simply awkward when people want to talk about church and Jesus and I don’t really live in that context anymore. Nor do I wish to ever again.
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard, and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.