we Define Ourselves to the World
recently, I had to "Defend" myself,
want of a better way to say it, on an issue, that to be honest
had not given much thought to how others might look at it
am a Pagan .. I am Also an American :)
it's easy enough to say .. I am an American
it comes to day to day life ...
I am proud of that heritage
with regard to being Pagan and my practice of the faith,
people expect me to Identify more
my bloodline .. not with my Nationality of birth
woman I was talking to recently ...
full blooded Irish .. and she asked me why
didn't identify more, than I already do ,
the Celtic way ?
said I should do this and that,
to the old ways.
? Because, according to my lineage,
is mainly Irish/German
this was the proper way ......
which I told her ... " that's not how
are done .. here in the states "
Is that how you define yourself ?
American Witch ? "
which I replied .
of course .. I AM an American " :)
felt that this was a denial of my Irish blood
told her no.... in fact it was a celebration of it
all of it ...
not just the Irish part !
that got me to thinking again, about how we Americans tend
practice the faith ... and how we look at ourselves
Pagans in America
one of the Elder paths of the faith
a great many of these, were
practiced in Europe, true enough
many European Witch's still practice them
Americans do often have our roots there ..
Geo. type, as well as the faith and how we tend
practice it .. also correct
we are a very mixed bag now of
not only in groups .. but ..
here's one of my points,
ourselves ... My current family bloodline,
Addition of my latest Grandchild,
boasts of every major blood line going :)
57 .. grade A Mutts .. the lot of us
pleased to no end to be so ... Asian was the only
we didn't have .. now with Kassandra ..
we do, just a touch .. but .. it's in there :)
the bulk of my lineage is
all ya gotta do
look at me to see that :) and I do lean
that aspect with regard to the faith
and My Lord Thor but I also
called on Isis, and Amaterasu,
a whole host of others ...............
am as eclectic in my faith, as my bloodline is
so are most American Pagans that I know
almost as if .. we are eclectic because
we have to be :)
used to envy friends, as a child .. who had a clearly defined bloodline
had celebration days and special cultural things that were ethnic based
didn't have those in my family ..
mean, which one would we choose ?
it didn't make sense
try and do all of them .. !
finally came to terms with that,
day, when I realized that my " lack "
a definite bloodline, was not a lack at all,
was something of which to be proud
mean pick a race .. pick a nation ..
will find them all looking at you ..
you look at me ..
am not one nation ... I am all Nations ...
the colors ... all the Major Creeds ...
am an American ... and Proud of it !
yes .. I am an American Witch too .. who can and does
from every esoteric practice going, and by blood,
you want to get picky, have a right to do so.
the line of my forebears ..
it also .. by that definition
But not only that .. there is the American way to consider
Melting Cauldron of the world, that has its own way
doing things that doesn't copy anyone
am not limited by this identification
the opposite .. It opens all doors for me .. any path is mine to take
my ancestors walked there before me ...
I am Proud of each and every one of the multitude
peoples .... that make up .. Me :)
need to stop denying the fact we are
... no matter if we have
roots or not ...
are born here ... Our
faith was born here ...
need to stop trying to "justify" ourselves
hearkening to our line of way back
it mingled with so many others ...
is nothing Wrong with our mixed heritage's
on the street .. Or in the Circle
.. I am Not only Pagan and Proud of it
am also an American Witch - and Proud of it
on all the Walkers of the Way
ANY lineage :) But with a special smile
my fellow American Mutts :)