In September 2010, a friend and I were discussing blogging: why would you do it, is it worth the effort, what would you blog about, and other thoughts of that nature. At one point, after I’d decided that I knew I wanted to blog but needed a focus, my friend suggested that I write about being Pagan in the modern world.
At first, I wasn’t sure if I had anything to say on that matter—after all, most Pagans are Pagans in the modern world—and so I filed the idea away in the back of my mind. Then I ended up reading more Pagan-themed books that fall than I had for a while. Many of these were informative, interesting books, but the net effect of reading one of them after another was that it hit me just how different my lifestyle was from most of their readers. No, I don’t live in a single-family home; no, my apartment doesn’t have a balcony or deck; a spell to bless my car doesn’t do me much good since I don’t own a car, but a protection spell for a city bus would be useful; and so on. I wanted to say something about all these differences, and so here’s my blog, an occasional chronicle of my efforts to create a lifestyle that bridges the gap between the Wiccan ideal (magical, natural, rural, and green) and my take on urban reality—a rustic cottage transposed on an upper-floor apartment.
Early exposure to Greek mythology, astrology, and science fiction/fantasy novels probably predisposed me to Paganism. I was an eclectic Wiccan for the better part of twenty years, but have gradually wandered away from that path, and it’d probably be more accurate to call me an archetypal Pagan nowadays. I live in the Upper Midwest of the United States, which is a fine climate for all the knitting and crocheting I like to do, and my love of librarianship extends beyond my job into my hobbies, leading me to play on book sites like Goodreads and LibraryThing.