Paganism seems to be so full of stuff – have you noticed this?
And Paganism – and Wicca in particular – attracts the stuff collectors. You know the type. I call them Gear Witches. They have to have the right cape, the right robes, the right wand, the right blade.
They look terrific, and have all the trappings, and every book ever published about new age anything sits proudly on their shelf at home.
But the heart of worship, and of dedication to a God or Goddess, isn’t about stuff. It’s nothing to do with what you have, or buy. It’s about intent and what you do.
In fact, I’d argue that the more stuff you have, the more you’re distracted from what you should be doing – which is honouring the Deity you have chosen to honour, in every single act of your life.
Simplify, simplify, simplify…
So I’m saying, throw it all away.
Give it all away. You don’t need it all.
You don’t need books to tell you what to do. You don’t need the right cape, or fancy robes. You don’t need a Hollywood-style setting to be an effective servant of the Divine.
Finding yourself is often more about casting off the trappings of consumerism than enveloping yourself in them.
For example, marking the elements can be as simple as filling four plain glasses:
And dedicating yourself to a powerful Goddess can require nothing more than an apple.
Sometimes learning takes time
I speak from experience on this. Because I used to be the Queen of the Gear Witches. LOL.
I had everything you could name, and more. I spent a lot of money on having the right stuff. I think I somehow figured that if I looked more like someone else’s idea of what a Pagan should be, that would make me more Pagan-ish.
Of course I was wrong.
And you’ll see Gear Witches at every event. They’re there, in their floaty robes, with their long, flowing hair. They look the part.
But looks can be deceiving.
Ask yourself: are they looking the part to convince you? Or perhaps to convince themselves?
Don’t get me wrong: if you choose to wear clothes of a certain style because that’s what you like to wear, then that’s absolutely fine.
But if you’re wearing a look in order to somehow fit a part, to become a role, or to attract attention, then you’re fooling nobody in the end, except yourself.
Return, return, return…
I think the time has come to bring Paganism back to its roots. If we’re about being in tune with nature, and in tune with ourselves, how can buying a truckload of stuff be the right thing to do?
Shouldn’t Pagans be living lightly and simply on the earth? Honouring the Gods with our deeds, spending our time and energy on doing what is their work, rather than time and energy on buying stuff that creates an image?
I think so.
So what I’m saying is, don’t buy the books. Don’t spend your dollars. Don’t collect the stuff.
Instead, spend your short time on this beautiful earth being what you will, not spending your money trying to be something others expect.