Are you part of a particular tradition?
I’m a Gardnerian through the Long Island line, operating a traditional coven in Raleigh, NC. My individual magical practices can span the gamut, but Gard Craft is home.
Most of my Pagan life has not been spent as a Gardnerian, however. Along the way I’ve been all manner of eclectic and had a several year stint as a member of a grove in Blue Star Wicca.
Aside from my participation in any tradition, my day-to-day magical practice is fairly eclectic (pulling on non-Wiccan European witchcraft and American folk magic, along with my traditional Wiccan training) and I have religious obligations beyond my Gardnerian ones. I reject the idea that one can only belong to one religious category or that there’s such a thing as “pure” tradition. Multiple traditions may serve multiple needs with minimal overlap, and I do a lot of compartmentalizing (rather than combining). So in addition to my Craft oaths, I also maintain relationships with gods and spirits outside of my Wiccan tradition.
What’s with your capitalization and word choices?
I don’t capitalize the word “witch” because I see it as primarily an occupational role. For me, it doesn’t require capitalization any more than “baker” or “runner” or “veterinarian” would. When referencing certain traditions that use it otherwise, I may capitalize it in line with conventions, but generally speaking I consider this to be an improper noun.
I mean multiple things when I use the word “Wicca” (BTW, eclectic, etc.) and will specify as needed.
“Pagan” should be taken to mean “contemporary Pagan” or “Neo-Pagan” and never to include Native American, African Diaspora, Hindu, or Buddhist traditions that sometimes end up lumped into this category, unless individuals specifically self-identify as Pagan.
Where are your degrees from?
I hold separate undergraduate degrees from the College of William & Mary (English) and North Carolina State University (Religious Studies). I earned my MA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Religious Studies) and am wrapping up a second in literature from the same. I also have a graduate certificate in education and hold a (now lapsed) license to teach secondary English and history in North Carolina.
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