I read Mrs B’s Pagan Prompt over on her website – Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom – this morning. She wrote:
Today, think about what the most frustrating part of being a pagan is. Being “in the broom closet”? The cost of gathering appropriate tools? Finding the time to actually get out in nature? Not being able to find other pagans in your area? Then consider what you can do to change that thing.
I’ve spent the rest of the day pondering over the prompt and considering whether to use it as a topic for my blog today. Or not.
You see, I don’t think I have one particular thing which frustrates me about being a Pagan. There are definitely things which irritate me from time to time but I don’t have any one major issues. So I’ll share with you my little annoyances.
- The library doesn’t have a good selection of Pagan books.
I trawl through our local libraries on a regular basis, looking for anything in ‘my section’. I think I’ve checked out all the available books and they don’t seem to get new titles in. I also have to search in peculiar places as it’s only the bravest of libraries who actually put anything Pagan or to do with the Craft under religion. Usually I find books in psychology, conspiracy theories, reference, MBS, mythology and, the least likely of category, business.
- Sometimes it’s hard to find things amongst ‘the fluff’.
There seems to be a good market for mass produced witchy/new age products. Good for the manufacturers, I suppose, but for Pagans looking for the personal touch it can be annoying. For example, we went to Glastonbury at the beginning of the year because I wanted a new pentagram for my birthday. We went in all the shops and there was nothing hand made or different. It seemed like they were all using the same supplier
- I get fed up with the stereotypical witch.
The wart infested, green skinned, heckling old hag is still used in the media and that does frustrate me. Unless it’s Halloween you’d be hard pressed to find a real life witch like that. Just a couple of weeks ago, Paul and I were watching Living TV’s Four Weddings (I can’t help a bit of reality TV from time to time…ok, every week) when they featured a Pagan wedding. It was great to see on national television but the commentator kept making stupid witch jokes. It got old after a short while. Not funny.
I’m quite fortunate that being ‘in the broom closet’ isn’t really an issue with me. I work at home so I have no colleagues to ask probing questions. My family are distant. And since we moved we haven’t really been out and about socially (this is something I do want to remedy though especially as Tabitha is getting older).
I’m blessed to be married to my best friend who follows the same path as I do. That makes life so much easier – I have an inhouse support system! I don’t think paganism is the easiest path, mainly because of other peoples misconceptions, but it’s my path. Warts and all