The question posed was ‘how did you find paganism’?
Well I guess to be honest it found me…and it was witchcraft in particular.
Being born on Samhain – yep honestly my date of birth is 31st October, I grew up with a little bit of a witchy vibe.
Family and friends would actually buy me little witch things for my birthday as a bit of a Halloween joke. Although as I grew up Halloween in the UK wasn’t what it is now, there was no trick or treating or even decorating and pumpkins where I lived.
As a child…
As a child, I was always fascinated by mystical creatures, dragons in particular and looking through my keepsake box from my childhood and teens I find moon charm bracelets and wizard and faery images.
My father always had an allotment and grew all his plants organically (way before it was trendy to) and taught us about birds, nature and wildlife.
We used to go on family outings to sacred sites such as Stonehenge…before they put the fence up – we would sit on the stones and have a picnic!
My father isn’t pagan as such, just very organic and interested in nature, gardening and the history and roots of England.
And then…the best 50p ever
Wandering through a charity (thrift) shop one day I came across a book about the history of witchcraft, written by an historian, I was prompted to purchase it. I read that book cover to cover the same day and had the feeling that I had ‘come home’. Although it was just the history of the Craft rather than the workings and beliefs, it made so much sense to me. That was definitely 50p well spent.
From that point I started to research and this was in the days when internet was in its infancy so most of my information was from books I purchased although even that choice was fairly sparse.
I had a huge long shopping list of items I believed I needed (and now realise that I didn’t and don’t) I gradually built up my store cupboard of coloured candles, altar cloths, bells, chalice, athame and all kinds of paraphernalia. Most of which I have never used…
Eventually I found an online course in Wicca and completed the first degree. But it didn’t really challenge me so I continued looking and found another Wiccan online course. This time I spent several years working through my first and second degree and most of my third. But by that point I was spreading my wings and had found an offline group to work with. I completed my third degree with the group and was honoured to receive my High Priestess title.
MORE PAGAN ORIGIN STORIES AT PATHEOS PAGANMy Paganism: Nature, Nurture, or Choice? by John Beckett at Under The Ancient Oaks
How I Found Paganism: The Origin Story of a Druid Priestess by Melissa Hill at Dandelionlady
A winding journey
Along the way I have delved into many, many different pathways including Druidry, Hoodoo and various other spiritual leanings. Including a wonderful Progressive Magick course with Gavin Bone and Janet Farrar. Along with taking a vast number of courses on various subjects such as; tarot, pendulum, Reiki, crystal healing and past life teachings to name but a few.
With each wandering I learn and take the bits that work for me and add them to my own pathway.
What flavour witch?
Quite early on, in fact even before I had finished my three Wiccan degrees I realised that Wiccan wasn’t quite the right fit for me. Eventually I realised that the path of a Kitchen/Hedge Witch was a better fit and even then, I tend to go ‘off script’. Perhaps a better title for me is ‘Miscellaneous Witch’. Although a lovely lady at one of my Witchfest talks did suggest I could be a ‘Cocktail Witch’… I rather like that.
My journey has been long and winding, veering off in all sorts of interesting directions. I still continue to learn each and every day.
Your journey is your own and the pathway of magic is flexible and fluid…
I am a witch; it is who I am, what I am and how I live my life.