“Hail to the Day and the Day’s bright boy!
Hail to the Night and her daughter’s joy!
With eyes that bless us may you see,
and grant to those here victory!
The Gods and Goddesses we call
And holy Earth who gives to all,
give us here wise words and weal,
and in this life, hands that heal.” – Sigridfumal (as translated by Diana Paxson)
Hail and welcome! This being the first post of my blog, I would like to introduce myself. I’m Laine, and I’m pleased that you’re reading this! I’ve had other blogs in the past (and still use a couple of them; those will be linked at a different time). I want to let you know a few things about me and this blog so that there are less questions and surprises later on.
The title of this blog comes from a joke that I made to my fiance. I had just been confirmed as the Grove Organizer for Shining Valley Protogrove, ADF (a druidic congregation) and was fishing a copy of A Book Of Pagan Prayer out of my purse. A realization sank in.
“Love?” I called out. “You do realize that you’re marrying the Pagan church lady, don’t you?”
“I have no problem with this.” he replied from the other room.
The name rattled around in my head for a few days, and as part of my effort to embrace some new things in my life, I decided to enshrine it with its own blog.
So, I’m Pagan. I am eclectic and unconcerned with the negative opinions of others vis-a-vis eclecticism. My path has taken me through British Traditional Withcraft to Heatherny to modern Isism to what is generously labeled the “Druidic” practice of Ár nDraíocht Féin. As such, I’ve got quite a history and quite a wide variety of practices that I’ve devoted myself to. I believe that each person’s spiritual path is unique, and while following a tradition strictly can be of benefit, most people who try to tend to outgrow it and seek other things with time. This is natural, no one path but the one we walk leads us to where we need to be.
I’m Radical. I think that there are a whole lot of messes in the world that require serious work to change. A lot of these messes are based on deeply entrenched social and cultural mores. To improve things, some very deep roots will need to be dragged out of the ground and the rifts they cause given time to heal and lay fallow. I comfortably use the term “radical feminist” to describe my views of kyriarchy, which causes some confusion to some people because I’m also:
Transgender. For most of my life people tried to tell me that I was male, and I very simply knew they were wrong. It’s been a long journey, but some thirty-odd years in I found a combination of support of Deities, family, friends, and community that helped me to have the strength to stop lying to the world and to let the world know that they were wrong about me. I’m a community organizer and activist; I have the strength and the skill with words to speak out when other people are silenced and I consider it my responsibility to do so.
I’m an unabashed Theist. Yes, I believe in Gods and Spirits and the Ancestors and other things that there are less well-known names for. My personal experiences as well as some shared ones make it seem pretty clear to me that the Gods and the rest exist outside of us, though there are places for them to dwell within us.
I’m a Devotional Polytheist. I’m both a hard polytheist and a panentheist: I think that all the Gods are part of the same thing, but then, I think the same thing of people, so to avoid confusion I call them (both Gods and people) by different names and treat them as separate entities. That’s a demand of the level of existence we are on. I make offerings and work to establish relationships with them, because it’s helpful and frankly fascinating and amazing.
I’m also a Witch. I do magick. I am magick. I practice magick because it is helpful and likewise amazing. I geek out on it the way some people geek out over Dr. Who. My views are far from mainstream and my practices may make some people lift their noses in the air and sniff but they work for me. They might work for you, too, which is part of the reason that I share them.
I think I’m out of terms to put in bold and discuss at the time. Suffice to say that these will be qualities that you’ll see rise again and again in my writing. They are things that I like talking about and exploring with other people, so feel free to comment as long as you’re civil and well-mannered.
Welcome, and be blessed!