Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tips for Living Wicca: Get Involved in the Community

One of the most amazing things about religion is community. Originally Wicca was meant to be a group religion; when it was founded by Gerald Gardner, Wicca was an initiation-only religion. You couldn't even practice without a coven. True, the Wiccan community has grown past British Traditional Witchcraft covens, but that doesn't eliminate the need or the benefits of community.   

There is a great sense of community not just among Wiccans, but among those who identify as Pagans in general. We don't all always get along-- I'm not pretending that Pagans are without conflict. Sometimes you have to look around for the right events or groups before you find kindred spirits. But it can be worth the effort.

There's a lot to be gained by taking part in community. We can learn a lot from each other, raise incredible energy together and inspire each other. Ancient Paganism was always heavily communal, and when most Pagan religions were obliterated or nearly obliterated, and Paganism was almost wiped of the map entirely, we lost that. Now, we are in a better position than ever to find it again!

My Tip for You Today: Get involved in the local Pagan community!

Keep in mind that you ALWAYS must be careful when checking public listings, you can check for events and meetings on:

Know that if you are a minor, you will probably not be admitted without a parent or adult. So plan ahead and find out all you can. If you really cannot get to a Pagan festival or occasional group Esbat, consider at least joining an online community. Reach out to connect, as we were meant to- you are not alone.

Have you reached out to the larger Pagan community?

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