I started following the Pagan Blog Prompts a few weeks ago, but my life has been so crazy that I haven’t contributed at all. I’ve been so busy that I can barely manage to develop my own ideas! Nevertheless, I always stop by and read the comments. I went on one of my usual read-bys yesterday, and the latest prompt caught my attention. I noticed that my opinion was quite different from that of Pagans who had left comments and links to their blogs; so of course, I felt the need to add my 400+ words to the mix.
The topic of the day was celebrating Pagan ritual in other faiths’ grounds. Some bloggers replied “no way”, while others… well, they were just as outraged. Many proposed that it would be offensive to the gods that inhabited the place, and might even interfere with their ritual’s effectiveness. I, on the other hand, would have to say that it all depends in the relationship between all of those involved.
I used to lead a Pagan Youth club in the gym of a Christian church in the
were even some Christian teenagers in attendance. I doubt we offended anyone,
especially not the Divine. On the contrary, we had a great time during our
interfaith mixers. We used to compare our similarities and differences, and at
the end everybody was convinced that Paganism was the best faith ever—just
kidding about the last part, but we did spend time celebrating our similarities
and working on our differences. We would not participate on each other’s
rituals, but would often be open-minded spectators.
But my opinion might be bias, for I’m the Eclectic Witch who discovered Paganism in a library, as told in A Tale of Mythology and Paganism. Also, I have a friend who was geared toward Paganism by a Roman Catholic Priest. My friend was driving her parents crazy. She was so spiritually lost that she found very unsavory ways to express her inner turmoil. One day her parents’ priest approached her and asked her, “Have you heard of Paganism?” My friend did her research and she found her way. She has been Pagan for over a decade.
In short, I believe that location matters as much as one lets it, for one can discover Paganism in unlikely places. Many speak of places that have negative energy, but the human mind, heart, and soul (plus a few good herbs) are powerful enough to get rid of almost anything. Also, where there is love, things tend to prosper; regardless, of what god rules the building. But that’s just my opinion.
Now, I leave you with a modified version of the original prompt: would you celebrate your faith in someone else’s spiritual grounds?