As an added bonus to our interview with author Bronwen Forbes, I asked her to make up a list of the top ten difficulties of living in a small town as a Pagan. She commented, "I swear I am not making any of these up in full -- all are based on actual comments or my own experiences!" Here then, are her Top 10 Problems of Being a Small Town Pagan:
10. Wondering whether or not you should ask your 5th grade teacher (who is also the town seamstress) to make your ritual robes.
9. Being visited by the Gnome Liberation Front because your front yard is overpopulated with the little ceramic buggers.
8. Having to drive 150 miles one way for incense charcoal -- and then realizing you also need the
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I am anxiously awaiting a new manuscript from an author of mine, Bronwen Forbes, who has promised to mail it in next week. It’s about the challenges of being a Pagan, Wiccan or Witch living in a small town. For the purposes of the book, Bronwen says that whatever you consider a small town is a small town, whether that’s population 400 or population 22,000 or population 150,000 – the point is that to you, it feels small. Same thing for Pagan – if you consider yourself a Pagan, of any stripe, then you are one for the purposes of this book.
In the book she shares
Last month I was able to attend two wonderful conferences: PantheaCon and ConVocation. Now, I don’t know about you, dear reader, but these events get me high as a kite. And by that, I mean spiritually and mentally high – not a drug or alcohol high. That’s one of the reasons Pagans love going to festivals. It’s such a great chance to reconnect, learn, and let your spirit soar. It leaves you with warm fuzzies for days afterwards.
At both conferences I came away with a major theme in my brain, and in this post I’d like to share with you the meaning of PantheaCon for me this year: reconnecting the tribes. PantheaCon’s official theme was “Back to Basics” this time but I think
I am shocked almost speechless today at a brazen attack on the religious liberties of Pagans, Wiccans, and all other followers of minority religions. Some of you may have heard of Rev. Patrick McCollum, a man who became the first government-recognized Wiccan chaplain in the United States in 1997. He has been doing outstanding work in raising visibility on legal issues involving discrimination against minority faiths in prison and elsewhere; he appeared before the US Commission on Civil Rights in Washington, DC, to speak at a briefing focused on prisoners’ religious rights; he spoke at the Parliament of World Religions in Australia in December; and he’s been invited to be part of the