Honestly, I feel like I was a Pagan before I ever knew what the word meant! I was raised in a family of non-practicing Protestants. We didn’t attend church and there was never much talk about religion.
As a kid, though, I was a bit dorky and liked to be on my own with my books. One of my favorite things was collecting information in spiral notebooks, much of the info coming from a set of World Book Encyclopedias. One of my favorite notebooks was the one I kept on Greek and Roman gods and goddesses when I was probably about 9 or 10 (my most favorite was the one that contained the full chronological order of the life of John Lennon, starting with the birth of his parents…. yeah, I was weird). I also kept one on herbs (at that time it was culinary uses and a bit of herbal folklore, things I’m still learning and writing about today!)
Most of the places we lived while I was growing up were close to the woods, and I spent a lot of hours wandering about them. I also spent quite a bit of time ( before 4th grade when we moved away from the area) in a graveyard that was down the street. These were the places that I felt most at peace in.
Between 5th and 6th grade, I had back surgery, and couldn’t take gym for a year. I got “stuck” in the school library, which was like heaven on earth. I started reading through the non-fiction section and found the books on the Salem Witch trials. Out came another spiral, and I started collecting the names and information on those accused of witchcraft.
When I was twelve, in 1982 (shush), my sister gave me my very first deck of tarot cards.
It wasn’t until much later when I discovered there was a name for all the things I’d been doing my whole life. Finding out about Paganism and witchcraft was like coming home. It gave me a name and a focus for all the things that I love and was interested in. I started reading about Wicca at first, but found it didn’t quite fit my needs and went on the kitchen witchery, which fit so much better. Eventually, I realized what I was doing was more than just in the kitchen, so I slapped a “domestic” witchery label on myself, and that’s been a perfect fit ever since!