Forty and fine! I have a feeling that this Year and a Day is going to last a lot longer than a year and a day….
First of all, I’d like to give another shout out to the Pagan Perspective channel on YouTube, and especially to cutewitch772, because they’re doing a topic inspired by my blog this week, and it’s brought a lot of traffic to my blog (relative to what I normally get–I mean, we’re talking like ten views compared to one or two), so thank you again.
Today’s topic comes from Wicca: A Year and a Day by Timothy Roderick. On Day 6 he asks the reader to consider the following: Describe your own “calling” to the Witch’s path. We all have characteristics of both the shaman and the madman. In what ways are you a shaman? In what ways are you a madman or madwoman?
The Day 6 section was about shamanism in Wicca, or rather how Wicca is a shamanistic religion. Now, I don’t necessarily label myself as Wiccan, but I understand that it is the sort of more-widely-heard-of branch of magickal spirituality. I also don’t know much about shamanism, like, at all. It seems to me that considering myself to be shaman-like is a big stretch, because I’m, you know, just Chloe lying on my stomach on my bed right now, writing this thing, and maybe I’ll eat some spaghetti later. “Shaman” is one of those titles that makes me sort of go, “Oh God, okay, this is getting serious.”
That being said, let me start with the first question.
My “calling” to this path is sort of a lifelong fascination with magic and the sort of magical time in history. I love Renaissance festivals, for example, and literally every summer since I was a child, my parents have asked me, “Okay, this year–the State Fair, or the Renaissance Festival?” and I’ve been like, “Is that even a question…?” Of course they’re not historically accurate or anything, but this sort of world where magic is real and wizards and fairies and mystical forests with bands of jugglers exist…it has always drawn me in. By some extension of that, I love fantasy novels.
I suppose therein lies my “shaman” aspect. I love reading and writing fantasy–the sort of ability to get lost in and control a non-physical world, something just inside my head where anything is probably possible. When I write fantasy, I’m creating something no one else has ever experienced yet (unless I’m over-inspired and end up plagiarizing a bit and it just sits in my computer forever). And of course my venture onto this path is an attempt to understand and interact with the non-physical world.
The “madwoman” aspect comes into play, according to Roderick, when you get completely lost in this otherworld and you can’t function in society. While I obviously don’t want to consider myself a madwoman, I think that my desire to write fantasy for a living could indicate a desire to completely get lost in this fantasy world. Or perhaps coming onto this path, instead of just cosplaying at festivals, is an attempt to consume my life with the fantastic. But I think I balance it well (after spaghetti today I’m going to my part-time job tomorrow).
In any case, it was an intriguing question to think about this lovely August day. Sometimes I don’t take the time to include my path in my every day life, but I’m trying to get better at it. Thanks for coming along for the ride.