Paganism is a set of interesting belief systems. When compared to some of the other religions on earth you can understand why. Most other religions don’t have solitaries that are dedicated and practicing members of the faith. But Paganism does.
Many Pagans, witches, and wizards get there start down the road of alternative religion by practicing on their own. This trial and error system helps the individual suss out what works for them, and what doesn’t. Paganism is a wide and varied set of traditions and it can take time to figure out what methods, practices, and even specific traditions, are best for your spiritual needs.
And…sometimes what you need is community. Yes, the joy of the modern world makes it easy for Pagans across the globe to chat, yahoogroup, blog, and tweet together. In this way we can keep in touch with how other Pagans are fairing, but all the internet connections in the world won’t replace face to face magickal contact.
Being in coven isn’t right for everyone, but it is important to get out and be around other Pagans every once and awhile; at the very least, to remember that you are not alone. There are many ways to meet other Pagans. Here are just a few:
- Public ritual – By trying out public ritual you can get a sneak peek at a specific tradition and how they do things. You will get a chance to meet other Pagans who live in your neck of the woods and possibly forge friendships with like minded individuals.
- Conferences – There are Pagan conferences that happen all over the world. In the Bay Area we have Pantheacon, which happens every year during Presidents Day weekend in February. At a ‘Con’ you will get a chance to taste the flavor of many different traditions all in one place. There are plenty of opportunities to socialize, learn, and party all under one roof.
- Workshops and classes – If there is a specific subject that interests you, look for a workshop or class on the subject. There are classes happening all over the Bay Area, all of the time. One of the best places to help you stay in the loop with Pagan classes is Witchvox.
Trying out a face to face event might not change your solitary lifestyle or turn you into a coven member, but it will help you to remember that you are not alone. We are everywhere.
And, if you think it is time for you to reach out and start coven work, we will be running a series over the next few weeks about how to find, or start, a magickal coven.