9 thoughts on “Re-Wilding”

  1. I dont know why anyone would think your a bad influence, I have read your blog for sometime now and I have found noting but inspiration and even the courage to go along to the beat of my own drum from the words you write I have found myself giving little care or thought to what anyone else will think of me and what I do.

  2. >>Many Pagans do not like my bones, they think the idea is something heretical (Really? Seriously?)

    I’m going to add a “WTF?” here, because I find it as unbelievable as you — not just that someone would dare to judge another pagan’s beliefs (well, I demur cynically, I can’t find it unbelievable, not with what I’ve seen online in the last few years), but that they would find bones, hides, and dead things all that heretical. Given how many so enthusiastically proclaim their spirit animals or totems, I have to wonder why the non-physical forms of those are so much more acceptable than the physical ones. Maybe it’s the widespread liberal view (disclaimer: I consider myself liberal, for the most part, although not completely) against hunting (and a slightly less widespread tendency — but not MUCH less widespread — toward vegetarianism and veganism?)

    I guess I’m partly in the heretical camp, then. Although my beliefs encompass several given semi-reconstructionist pre-Christian religions (Hellenic, Irish, Norse), there’s also a really really strong chunk of animism in my beliefs. This involves finding, cleaning, and keeping bones (and skinning hides myself, when they’re worth saving — I collect a lot of roadkill, although not all of my bones and skulls were found rather than bought). I’ve benefitted from Ms. Lawless’ salves and incenses, I grow and wild-gather my own herbs, I leave offerings in the wilds (and the slightly-less-wild…I’ve been cleaning up garbage at a local park and leaving out offerings there since 2009), and I have plenty of dead things in my kitchen (although I prefer to keep mine in the freezer rather than the fridge…but that’s a very small difference).

    You’re not an asshole. Anyone who would judge you because your beliefs don’t mesh with theirs is worthy of that title.

    1. You are awesome. I’ve been fighting the odd feeling, because deeper down I didn’t feel so out of place, but on the surface I did. I do keep things in my freezer, but the fridge is for ash-making. True, a tiny detail, and it doesn’t change much. It’s nice to know I’m not as odd as I thought I was, and tonight I feel more at home than I ever did. Thank you.

  3. Your post made all kinds of sense, and I thank you for writing it. I collect and process roadkill, I grow and talk to poisonous plants, I’m not someone who fits in with the general pagan populace, and I’m ok with that. Most of the time 😀 Sometimes I get attacked by the what-if-I’m-doing-it-wrong or why-am-I-the-only-one? anxieties, but then if I didn’t feel that way at times, I wouldn’t be human.

    In short, thank you for being your awesome self!

    1. Thank you. I too collect roadkill (I’ve gotten calls from locals to pick them up), and I am still working on working with plants. Being in an arid climate, it’s a challenge. But, I live here, bleed here, sweat here, and have my roots here.

      Yes! I fight the feeling all the time! Thank you for that!

  4. Yes, this makes sense. That linked article, when I read it a while back was – it hit me in some spots. I’m just stepping out onto a much-less-traveled path than I’d been on previously, and I have no idea where it’s really going, but something wilder and more primal seems highly likely. It’s good to know there are other people who’ve been on similar sorts of paths for a while, that no matter what differences there are, there are similar core concerns, similar conceptual things going on, that I’m not quite as alone in these matters as it feels at times. I’ve felt a strong lack of having other animists to read/talk to – people who write about the /land/ and these ecological kinds of connections. “Bad influence,” ha. That sounds like “too challenging to our nice comfortable ‘civilized’ worldview.”

  5. It can be challenging following a path or tradition that is extremely small (perhaps only your own) and conflicts in many ways with the rest of paganism or polytheism. I’m right there with you in my own way! But it is so clear from what I’ve seen that you are exactly where you need to be, doing what you need to be doing, that is more important by far than “fitting in”.

    1. That’s very true, fitting in doesn’t necessarily mean you’re being yourself. It really is a comfort to know I’m not the only one out there.

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