This weekend I spent my time recovering from jet lag and getting things sorted for the next quarter: changing out the altar, getting my daily practice sorted, etc. It would have been nice to seamlessly transition from tradition to tradition, but international travel and children will complicate things. And that’s ok! I’m realizing that there is no rush. Even though I’m devoting a mere three months to each tradition, I can always come back later. There is no perfection.
With that last thought in mind I want to comment on the resources I pulled together for this quarter (listed under Feri and Paganism/s). Firstly, I say ‘Paganism/s’ because while many traditions are lumped together as pagan, there is no monolithic Paganism. The term seems to refer to anything that isn’t monotheistic, has a nature based core, a fertility core, involves magic of the ‘dark’ variety, and/or worships a goddess. This is problematic at best. And yet, it’s a convenient catch-all term. But I think Paganisms, emphasis on plural, is a better way to describe things. There are many types of paganism. Feri isn’t fertility based, and while it has a plurality of gods, a strong case for it being monotheistic could be made. This section will likely grow. I haven’t added any books to the list yet!
Like the left-hand path of Tantra, many people believe that a mystery tradition should not be publicly discussed at all. Basic techniques alone could open up a person to powerful currents they are not prepared for! But some believe that these traditions are more important now than ever and must be carefully disseminated to those who would devote themselves to diligent practice, and how might people learn about these traditions if no one speaks of them? While I have no problems with money changing hands for basic teaching, I believe that initiation should never, ever cost anything and should be carefully considered, because it links the initiator and initiated in an intimate way and joins the initiates into a family.
I am going to be as open as I can be, while at the same time respecting the mystery part of this mystery tradition. Can I have it both ways? I think I can. But we’ll see.