(Intro to a series…)
Hello Dear Friends,
This series of posts has its origins in reading Dver’s marvelous post A light in the darkness, which was in turn inspired by Sarah Lawless’ post They’re Watching You. Most especially it’s been sparked by reading and re-reading Dver’s other post, Committing. There are other posts that are inspiring and re-inspiring me (including They Hold Our Hands, from Aquila ka Hecate, and It’s not about us also from Dver, and Gods, Goods and shadows… from CredenceDawg) as I seek to write of my encounters with some of The Holy Powers, and why I believe THEY are important….
That Paganism and Witchcraft and Spirituality and Religion and Devotion are about THEM at least as much as, if not more than, they are about US. Increasingly I am seeing that this is something of a scandalous or shocking, or perhaps I should say unfashionable, idea amongst a number of my fellow Pagans. So let me clarify my own personal position.
The. Gods. Are. Real.
So I am going to engage in some commitment with this series of posts. I am going to write about my personal experiences of some of the Holy Powers and Spirits as I remember experiencing them. Some of these I have written about before or in part, but I am going to share them here again. Because they really happened.
For the skeptical or non-theistic out there, especially the ones I know and socialize with in my off-line worlds, some of whom might become concerned or made uncomfortable by this series; I am willing to allow you all the polite escape clause that on some level that its possible that what I describe is all in my head and some psychological peak experience or whatever psychological make-it-some-how-safe-and-rational-excuses you prefer
The experiences I will write about are such that they have pushed (or pulled, or perhaps danced) me past the point of Agnosticism, over the borderlands of Belief and deep into the complex terrain of Experience.
I am not a Polytheist or a Witch because I think that The Gods or Magick are nifty ideas, I am not a Pagan because it helps me to be a better person, I am not a Witch because its some nifty magickal lifestyle choice; I am a Witch and Polytheist because I have experienced Magick and encountered some of the Gods and Spirits and felt the phantom touch of the Ancestors in my life.
Pax / Geoffrey
(tip of the hat to Lon Milo Duquette for inspiring the title of the present series of posts)
Intro (this post)
Libertas (whilst written before this series was conceived of, it fits a little too perfectly into the theme to be ignored…)
The Honored and Beloved Dead
Spirits of the World Around Us