Do you ever find yourself hiding your faith simply because it's just easier at times to avoid the glances, comments or conversations that it may spark? I'm quite shamed to admit my guilt in doing so.
I have identified as Pagan since my late teenage years and am wholly content with the religious path that I've chosen. Having said that, I do find that after a decade and a half of proudly defending this often unfairly mislabeled faith of mine, I've grown rather tired of the tireless tango toward tolerance. [Oh my! Alliteration overload!!]
The other day I took my children to visit a local farm that is funded and operated by a Christian foundation. Wonderful place! Not only free range, well cared for livestock, but also an establishment that employs adults with developmental disabilties as a means of both therapy and skill-building.
So, as we're heading in to pick up a map and kind, welcoming word from the managers of the Visitor's Center, I find myself tucking my much-beloved pentacle pendant into my shirt. As I was doing this I scolded myself and yet, even so, I couldn't muster up enough will power to pull it back out. Great Goddess in the Sky, how dare I?! What witches of the past have gone through in order to permit me the freedom to wear my silver symbol proudly!! How could I simply think "meh-- not worth the hassle" and drop my shoulders with deflection?
Still, I'm just a mom hoping to take her children for a visit with baby goats without the need to face significant stand-offs or righteous causes.
Perhaps it was cold and calculating of me to assume the worst of these Christian farmers. Maybe, just maybe, they would have intriguingly embraced, or at the very least accepted my different path. It's possible.
Are we as Pagans so beaten down by constant questioning and fearful or hateful reactions that we would form our own possibly inaccurate assumptions of others and in turn live by avoidance?
[ *holding up her palm with purpose and honor* ]: "I, Em Graves, vow [going forward] to never secret away that which I am and to portray the world of love & light permeating the Pagan heart by living always as a manifestation of its beliefs."