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Very good for you!

Very good for you!

V&VNPism. Ismism. What mouthfuls! Honestly, I don’t see how a Neo-Pagan could NOT be conscious about what they put in their bodies.  I think we Pagans especially should be aware of nutrition and making an effort to be vegetarian, to eat organic, and/or eat local as a consideration of our bodies, economy and  our Earth.

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There’s no point of working so much when you don’t spend properly. Then it’s like you’re working for nothing. My mum said something along these lines last night because we were discussing my finances as a full time student and part time worker.

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I ran into a good friend, T., not long ago.

I saw her profile walking by outside the glass building and had the feeling intense hope and anticipation that come with such meetings- “Is that her, yes, it’s her! Yes, she’s coming this way!” I’ve known her for over 15 years and was glad to see her. We haven’t made enough time to see each other of late.

I told her of another old friend I had met up with and how the visit hadn’t gone as well as I had hoped. It had been fine but not great, only just describable as nice, in fact.

“That’s the difference between catching up and sharing,” T. said to me, words that have stuck with me for the last couple of days. While it’s great to “catch up”, it can only brings the conversation so far. Open ended questions about the past get tiresome. It makes me a little sad.

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That’s a strange question coming from a writer, isn’t it? I think that loving to write really should be the quality of a freelance writer and it’s too bad I’m just not one of those.

I write to improve my writing skills.

I write as a way of improving my diction, my arguing skills, the way in which I word my phrases.

I write in hope that better writing will also bring about better conversational skills.

Sometimes we stop practicing a certain skill and realise after that we’ve lost  a lost some of our ability in that area. When I began my University studies I realized that my writing was nowhere near as good as I thought it was. Perhaps I was disillisionned from years of having it easy at school. CEGEP definitely wsn’t challenging and likely left me rusty. I would spend nights crying because all the University papers I had to write, because I hated writing about things I have no interest in, because I have too short of an attention span, because I hated my writing.

I am no longer in University but have every intention of writing better, and improving in my own way.

I have a problem, and it really is a problem – it has me creating boxes and closing doors. It makes me miss the bigger picture. I can’t help but feel that older equals better. It’s an impulse I’ve been trying to stomp, because I think it’s a handicap.

Gardnerian Wicca is older and therefore better than the Alexandrian tradition. Both are better than modern Wicca popularized in books today.

Wicca is stupid, it was invented in the 50s, afterall. Reconstructionism is better. It’s older, truer, more real.

Charles Leland invented the myth of Aradia- it’s fake.

The Romans integrated so many other cutures into their own… Their deities aren’t actually Roman, but Greek.

These are opinions I’ve held in the past, and they’re still tied to me in more remote areas of my conciousness with a twinkle of guilt. Some I’m certainly moved past. Others…

The problem is that no myth is “real”, of it’s original form. They’ve all changed over time, they’ve all been tampered by various cultures, religious groups, storytellers and scribes. This goes for The Bible, Irish Myth and History books. You can’t take anything literally.

Myth is important because it preserves a collective ideal. It’s the symbolism that counts.

It’s in my studies of Italian Craft that this issue needs to be addressed. The subject of Aradia is important to so many Witches, but I give absolutely no credit to the “research” done by Charles Leland. I also very moved by Diana’s Hunt, which was written in the 14th Century and is clearly not Pagan. I see great symbolism in both these stories but struggle with their “real”ness. I’m not the only one, either, as author Raven Grimassi feels the need to insist at the beginning of his book on Italian Witchcraft that Stregheria is older than the Witchcraft of the Celts. (Yes, there are many things wrong with that statement, but that’s not the point.)

There is a lesson in every story, be it a passage from the Bible, an old myth, an anecdote from your Mother’s past or  an impromtu campfire tale.  Each of them is only as “real” or “right” or “correct” as we trust in them. They become real when we have faith in them.

And so, I do agree that the story of Aradia does have important lessons. I don’t know if I can accept it as a core of my practice, but it’s a start.