I received a few emails from Wicked Darlings asking me to “provide a definition for Pagan Elements in Fiction”. They want to participate in Pagan Fiction in 113 Words or Less, but they are not sure if their prospective contributions are “Pagan enough.”
The emails made me giggle; not only because I’m so FREAKING thrilled that more of you are thinking about submitting your art for our enjoyment, but because the idea of a Pagan measuring scale is just too hysterical.
I read all the emails several times, but to be honest, I had the answer before I had finished reading the first inquiry: if your work is Pagan enough for you then it is Pagan enough for me, my luvs. No one should have the right to dictate how Pagan a person needs to be, in order to be Pagan enough. I share Fire Lyte’s opinion when it comes to how Pagan you (or your fiction) need to be. So I’ll answer your question, of whether or not your work is Pagan enough with an invitation: I urge you to show me, and the rest of the Wicked Darlings, what is Pagan Enough to you.
Here are three things that I feel are very Pagan, but might not apply to others:
- A mirror (spelled to repel harmful intentions) facing an outside window
- 3 Rosemary leafs in my detergent and disinfectant bottles
- A memorized mildly harmless
but nasty curse to discourage incoming idiocy
Talking about curses and idiots…
To the author of “From the Supreme Lord to the Pointy Hat Whore” story: catchy title, but no, your story isn’t Pagan. It is a sickness spread by the rotten infection that is you, and everyone else like you. By the way, if you are getting headaches, stomach aches and your breath stinks like something died inside you, do understand that I'm not sorry. You see, I am a Witch, and the whole turning the other cheek bit doesn’t quite fit my philosophy. I hope you forever fester in the rotting juices of your own intolerant words, my fiend.
But enough about Mr. Rotten Supreme Lord. Why don’t I go back to the main point of this post: what is Pagan Enough to you, my Wicked Darlings? Care to share some examples of things/behaviors/beliefs that you consider Pagan, but others might not?
Oh... if anyone cursed Mr. Rotten Supreme Lord, I suspect that the hex was inspired by the novel Like Water for Chocolate. Yep, there is a bit of magical realist witchiness everywhere you look.