By Bronwen Forbes
Are you dwelling in―or relocating to―a small neighborhood and puzzling over how you will slot in, hook up with different Pagans, and dwell your ideals in peace? This splendidly designated booklet is stuffed with how you can nourish your Pagan soul in small cities, suburbs, and anywhere outdoors the town limits. in addition to Bronwen Forbes' personal stories, Pagans from close-knit groups around the nation supply hard-won knowledge and recommendation on all elements of staying actual to your self and your spirituality.
―Starting a coven or research group
―Getting besides non-Pagan neighbors
―How to discover and make ritual tools
―Celebrating the Sabbats
―Following Pagan etiquette
―When and the way to bare your beliefs
―Raising Pagan children
After examining the booklet, sign up for the dialogue on-line at
groups.yahoo.com/group/smalltownpagans, the place you may make extra enriching connections.
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1 I can’t inform you if you’re Pagan or now not. nobody can. but when one of many definitions above heavily describes what you do and imagine, or are looking to do or imagine (but would possibly not recognize precisely find out how to yet), religiously talking, then i believe you’re a Pagan. The definition of “small city” is both relative. in case you grew up in ny urban, then you definately most likely think about Lubbock, Texas (population 225,859) as a small city. but when you grew up in Fayette, Ohio (population 1,281), then Lubbock is a huge urban to you. Likewise, I can’t let you know when you stay in a small city or no longer. enable me offer you an instance: whilst I lived within the suburbs of Washington, DC, I knew I lived in an enormous urban. Spiritually, my urban provided 3 significant Pagan fairs a 12 months, a quarterly Pagan newspaper, 4 or 5 sturdy occult retailers, dozens of botanicas (supply outlets for these of the Santería, Voudon, and Yoruba faiths and a resource of awesomely reasonable glass-enclosed pillar candles), a per thirty days concert/lecture sequence, and extra covens, periods, workshops, boards, and chat groups in additional traditions than one individual may take part a life-time. Washington, DC additionally provided me the chance to put on my pentacle and different Pagan jewellery as brazenly as I happy twenty-four hours an afternoon, seven days every week. Who cares a couple of little silver star-in-a-circle whilst the Hare Krishna status at the back of me at Starbucks is donning saffron gowns, has a drum tucked below his arm, and activities a shaved head—except for one lengthy ponytail? In early 2000, for purposes i'm going to speak about later during this booklet, I moved to Missouri and spent 4 years in a city of approximately 91,000 souls, a determine that incorporated the scholar inhabitants of 3 schools. i used to be now not ready for a spot the place the closest Pagan pageant used to be 3 hours away and the local people purely obtained jointly as soon as a month for dialogue and pizza. there have been covens—my husband and that i all started one in every of them—and a small scholar association at one of many schools. Oh, and the closest Pagan store used to be additionally a couple of 3 hours’ force away. i assumed I had died and moved to hell. Then, in 2004, my kinfolk and that i moved back to a tiny city in rural New Mexico. The inhabitants, based on the signal on the city limits, was once “twelve thousand pleasant souls and some outdated grouches. ” the closest Pagan store was once now 4 to 5 hours away. there has been no per thirty days neighborhood get-together in any respect. I had Pagan buddies who have been afraid to be obvious procuring Harry Potter books, less assembly overtly in a cafe or espresso store to debate (insert whispered tones right here) Paganism. there have been no live shows and the closest coven used to be 90 miles away in Roswell (population 46,453). there has been, despite the fact that, a truly undesirable flavor within the locals’ minds concerning the observe Pagan after a few students attempted to begin an on-campus research staff in basic terms to be blasted within the city newspaper by means of each Baptist minister inside a thirty-mile radius. And there are numerous Baptist ministers in these components. The Pagans weren’t approximately to confess their non secular affiliations after that, no longer even to their fellow practitioners, and the non-Pagans within the quarter ultimately came upon whatever else to get all labored up approximately.