Last year, I left the behind the Pagan label because it didn’t accurately describe my religion or practice. When I interact with Pagans, I recognize that I am coming from an outside perspective. I realize that many Pagans won’t respect that I see myself as different from them, but it was an important step for me. It places my work with Pagans as interfaith, and it helps me keep up my own boundaries. When I start from a point of difference, I have an easier time dialoging in Pagandom.
I preferred being called a polytheist, because, while I may have had differences of opinion with some polytheists, ultimately the religious nature of the work I did seemed closer to what they did than anything else I had encountered.
Thankfully, I’m leaving that behind as well. (What will I call myself? An Other Person, a member of the Otherfaith, a faery friend – any word the spirits give me.)
After all, I have ethics. And morals. And gods to serve.
I don’t want to be involved with a religious community that condones bullying, harassment, and threats.
I’m going to make my own. I’ve known I would have to make my own since being introduced to modern Paganism, and I’ve discussed such for years with other Pagan and polytheistic youth. I don’t need elders who harass people and threaten them. I don’t need elders who will condone that behavior or laugh it off.
There is this thing called chosen family, and it may not include who I thought it would, but it will be better than what exists in any corner right now.
ETA: Any comments that suggest or imply that bullying is deserved or not actually bullying will not be published, as they’re obvious trolling (or you really believe that and should not be near my space at all). Neither will comments that attempt to dialog from a place of ignorance and/or arrogance. I’m not going to feed the trolls.