an article by Gillie Whitewolf
see a path amongst swaying grasses and bobbing bluebell
heads where the sunshine sparkles more brilliantly
than in any dream or vision, dancing through the
whispering leaves and cascading along a myriad of
patterned trunks enrobed in mosses and lychen. The
flowing stream murmurs stories of the clouds and
shimmers with light and dark mysteries. The shadows
are rich and deep, seeming to sink into worlds yet
unknown and playfully enticing the imagination to
follow. The colours here are so vibrant no artist
could desire for a more bejewelled pallet, and the
voices of Nature are so enchanting no composer could
ever truly describe with man-made instruments alone.
There is a tingling in the air, an expectant buzz
one can almost hear. It beckons me to move in, to
let my bare feet feel the pleasure of the Earth,
to join with my fellow kin amongst the trees, in
the rivers, in the air, in the ground... Everything
is alive.... Everything is connected....
before you kick off your shoes and dance amongst
the flowers sit down awhile against this tree :
the trunk is broad and firm and the canopy of branches
shield you from the heat of the sun. Feel the support
of the tree against your back, close your eyes and
allow yourself to feel... feel the roots sinking
down into the ground, just as the branches reach
up into the sky...take your time and under the shelter
of your tree ask yourselves the following questions....
does 'Pagan' mean to you?
are your current belief factors concerning the Divine?
you worship any Gods / Goddesses? and if so do you
view Gods and Goddesses as living external entities
sat around waiting for us to make contact? or do
you consider the Divine to be all around us? part
of us? that we are the God and Goddess?
you drawn to any particular folklores / traditions
you believe that Gaia is a living entity that we
are all part of?
do you view your role in society / the universe?
you look around and feel what lies beneath all the
artificial packaging of today's society?
do you feel when you immerse yourself in Natural
surroundings? What do you sense? what do you see?
what do you hear? what do you feel? what do you
you aware of the continuous cycle and necessity
of Life and Death?
you respect and appreciate life in all its forms?
are but a handful of questions you need to ask yourself
when setting out on your path - there are no 'right'
or 'wrong' answers, only answers that are true to
you. Chances are you've probably been walking along
your very own Pagan path for some time without realising
it. The more questions you ask of yourself, the
more you will learn about yourself - and the more
you will learn about your path.
out and experience your surroundings - whether you're
an urban or country dweller you will find plenty
to observe and experience to increase your awareness
and understanding of yourself and your part in the
world around you.
Pagan Path is unique to everyone who walks it and
no two paths are identical - just as everyone is
an individual, every path is individual, and there
is no map except the one we carve for ourselves.
We choose what scenery we view, what tastes we experience,
what dreams we enact. No one book can tell you how
to think, feel, act or see. There are no rules imposed
by strangers - we are in control of our own actions
and must take responsibility for every step we make.
Does this mean that we do not have rules? of course
not! but they are our own rules, our own choices,
our own ripples...
now that you've asked yourself these questions kick
off your shoes and dance in the flowers. Discover
your path with all your senses - just don't stop
asking questions. All paths are lifelong learning
experiences - the more we immerse ourselves in learning
and discovering, the richer our paths will be. Wherever
your path leads and whatever form it takes, may
your journey be a blessed one.