There has been an interesting dilemma left to those of us who possibly consider ourselves “reconstructionists” of certain cultural belief systems (i.e.- Norse, Celtic etc) or any “Old religion” and that is this: What will we leave behind to those who follow? What will our contribution to breathing life into these old traditions be?
I think that it’s very important to remember that many of us are shaping the future of how people will view paganism/polytheism.
We are not the only ones but these past few months watching blogs like Druid Journal, Dancing Down the Moon, Pagan Sojourn, A Heathen blog, Pagan Godspell, Tir na nOuray and The Wild Hunt put out progressive posts on their experiences and thoughts on their journeys into the wild paths…It seems to me like what we do as bloggers is incredibly important and unique.
We’ve all posted things that aren’t impacting but more often than not the posts that do come are insightful and forward moving. They seem to have a common thread based in reality, good research and patient practice of what we discover from others and from the few that have gone before us.
There is a need of deeper material, beyond how to cast a circle or spell or the anthropological records and bias histories we have been given. There is an endless amount of information available to us but like we discussed last night as a Tuatha, we are part of a living, oral tradition that has cried to be reborn and we should do the best we can to answer that with the spirit of hard work our ancestors left us.
I can truely only speak for a celtic tradition and from it’s perspective but it is a wonderful thing to be a part of….to see just a mere 10 people honestly struggle through learning Gaelic, the lore, the old celtic laws, celebrations and talents with a true desire to bring these skills to rest alive in a new home is something magical and a wonderful truth to be apart of.
I only hope that we and others will live to see our efforts in planting these seeds of a living tradition bear fruit.