Given the recent unpleasant news about some Big Name Pagans (BNPs), I think it’s time for another of my Everyday Pagan (EDPs) posts. I love when people share their stories; please share yours in comments or via email. While a number of BNPs embarrass the rest of us, here is how some EDPs live their lives:
* C. works in the science lab of a large, East Coast university. She takes a lot of pride in preparing samples with care, and knows that, ultimately, even her mundane work of keeping petri dishes clean, recording results to the fourth and fifth decimal point, and turning in meticulous records will help to make mothers and babies safe. She practices a very strict version of Reconstructionist Hellenism and does yoga to keep her body fit. C. first read the stories of Greek Goddesses and Gods when she was seven years old and she has never looked back. She coaches a local soccer team and makes her own yoghurt. She invests her savings in solar energy companies and has done rather well, using an algorithm that she learned in college.
* Puton is a solitary Wiccan. Ze lives in the Pacific Northwest and works in the local IT industry. Puton was drawn to Wicca because it included mystery and myth and because it gave zir a chance to explore different Goddesses and Gods. Puton cooks a lot of vegan dishes and writes a Facebook page devoted to vegan recipes. Ze has two teen-aged foster children and spends most evenings helping them with French and Physics homework, laundering their team uniforms, and packing their lunches — bento box style. Someday, Puton hopes to get an MBA, but, for now, zir children come first.
* M. is a chaos magician. M. came to Paganism through Freemasonry (a family activity) and an interest in alchemy. M. has two children and two polyamorous wives. M. is a nurse at a small Midwestern hospital where he works, primarily, in the emergency room. M. owns a small farm where he grown many of the greens and berries that his family eats and the mushrooms that his wives sell at local farmers’ markets; most evenings, he can be found working there when he leaves the emergency room. M. whittles chess pieces in his spare time and reads his children a bedtime story every single night, remembering the stories that his parents and grandparents read to him.
* P. lives in Alaska and works most of the year on TAPS, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. P. came to Alaska as a young man from Austin, Texas and fell in love with the local landbase. P. bought a small cabin in Valdez and quickly learned to hunt and fish the local landbase. He and his partner have studied how to live in the short Northern Summers and are expanding their solar greenhouse. P. says that T. Thorn Coyle brought him to Paganism; someday, he wants to find a Feri group in Alaska with which to study. For now, he and his partner observe the Eight Great Sabbats of the Wheel of the Year.