Hi there, I've been a solitary, eclectic pagan for about 20 years, off & on. I have always felt the draw of the Goddess & have acknowledged Her even when I really wasn't practicing. I'm not Wiccan & I really don't strictly follow a Celtic or Asatru path. I'm not into a lot of New Age hoo-ha that has infiltrated Paganism. I'm currently reading into the 1734 Tradition & Clan of Tubal Cain. I read books on Traditional Witchcraft, the Occult, The Robert Cochrane Letters, Evan John Jones, Doreen Valiente, Robin Artisson, Peter Paddon. I'm on a few Yahoo groups devoted to these topics, as well as others. I tend to stay away Llewellyn books, as I tend to find them on the "Fluffy" side of things. I'm currently learning all about the lost art of Enchantment through gesture & Visceral Magick. I am also a student of Southern & Appalachian Conjure.
Well, After a few days without a blog, I decided to re-join the blogging community. I am starting over from scratch. The reason I deleted the other blog was that my family suspected my Pagan beliefs. Yes, that means I am still in the "Broom closet", this time I'm way in the back of that closet, next to the wall, squished up against an old box of books, an umbrella is poking my backside.
I have a new email address, that can't be traced back to me, in case they Google me. I still have my Facebook, but there's nothing now that lets them know it's me. I changed all my passwords, too. I did a lot this week, in terms of my security. It is a bit much, but when you come a religous family that won't accept my beliefs, you'll understand where I'm coming from.
A bit of a background as to why I went to drastic measures the other day. My son was being dropped off back to my place after spending the weekend with his grandparents. My father asked if I was involved with a Celtic religion (my Pagan ways). I denied it to him. He said my brother was telling my mother that I was involved in it. The reason my brother was being a shit-disturber: I went home a month ago and I foolishly (hindsight is 20/20) brought my novel I was reading, "Priestess in the Forest". I explained it was about when Christianity came to Ireland when the Druidry were still the main religion. I had also argued with my brother about Viking traditions, notably about Runes. He didn't like that I was right in our "discussion". Then he went to our parents and said I was probably following Paganism. Note: my brother still lives at home with Mom & Dad.
That's it in a nutshell. So, I got paranoid (with a little PMS thrown in) and I Googled my Pagan name and saw everything I did. I did check Facebook at my parents' place, but I can't remember if I cleared the history on the computer, or completely signed off my FB account. So that's when I deleted my blog and changed some things on my FB, like personal pix, etc. So, over the next few days, I will be re-adding my links to my Deities, adding more recipes and some surprises along the way. Stay tuned!! :D