Ah, Catching the Scent of Drama…..

4 thoughts on “Ah, Catching the Scent of Drama…..”

  1. Just talking out of my ass here but…

    Perhaps the importance isn’t with labels or titles, it’s the power and standing we associate with them, and why someone wants that power and standing. The title of Priest, Shaman or Witch, after all, is still a description, just like blacksmith or spirit worker. If someone really is a Priest of Jupiter for example, it would be silly for them to say “oh no, I don’t really do labels, I’m just a guy who performs the requirements made of a priest of Jupiter”. If someone fulfills the criteria, then the title, or label, is theirs, since all it is, is a descriptor.

    The problems come when somebody calls themselves something, not because that is who they are, but because it is who they want to become and/or who they want to be seen as for their own ego related reasons. These people invariably take what they see as shortcuts to spiritual knowledge (hah! There is no such thing!) and are constantly trying to legitimize themselves, because the title that they have is not something they are, it’s something they want.

    These kinds of people cannot be cured by anything other than the fall (and resulting humility) that comes from false pride.

    I myself don’t care about labels other than a shorthand to understand someone’s practice and identification. Perhaps because the ones that I have are plain to everyone and do not need defending (I am a wife, I am a mother, I am a student). But perhaps it’s because if a title or label actually fits, whether or not you claim it, it is how others will define you, and so there is no need to get upset over something that is a matter of description, and not ego.

    1. Hello!

      You make some very good points there, and I agree. I refuse to judge, because I could very well be in the presence of a Priestess of Bast of 23 years, or a dedicated Voodoo Priest. Respect should come in many forms – whether or not I think they’re necessary or not.

      My post was mostly aimed at those fantasy pickers, perhaps I should’ve added that. I’ve met too many honest and true-blue practitioners of many paths to truly judge the acquisition of titles.

      You make some good points though – I raise a toast to you for that.

  2. Here’s the thing, for me: I amclaimed by some Otherworld beings. I don’t tell anybody, in random social situations;. Why would they need to know,. I’ve only told with my teachersand people to whom I am really close, and even then only if they need to know. I like the shorthand aspect. It’s my experience that the more a person talks about hir initiations or Closeness with the Gods, the less there is there. YMMV, as always.

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