“For several centuries, the majickal practices in Europe were continued by those Judeo-Christian magicians working with the grimoire traditions. While certainly folk majick traditions were being practiced among the townsfolk even while Paganism was being suppressed by the church, those who practiced magic in the Jewish and Christian traditions secretly thrived, documenting their workings in majickal books known as grimoires. The grimoire traditions went on to influence the majickal revivals of England, particularly the Golden Dawn and later, the work of Gerald Gardner, Alex Sanders, and many of the Wiccan founders that influence Witchcraft today.”—Laurie Cabot’s Book of Spells and Enchantments
When I started this blog, nearly a year ago, my intention was to explore the connections between Pagan and Christian spirituality. Along the way, both my blog and my spiritual path have taken some wonderful and unexpected turns. I jokingly call myself a “spiritual mutt” because I have always found great wisdom in every faith tradition I have studied. I take what works for me from each and leave the rest at the side of the road for others to enjoy!
In my magical world, Brigid and Jesus don’t seem to have a problem working together. In fact, it feels a bit like a family reunion with a long lost relative. I know this is blasphemy to some and nonsense to others but it is the path I am destined to walk. I am a bridge-builder, a peacemaker and a healer who seeks to bring the Pagan and Christian communities together.
If my theory is correct, we’ve been borrowing from and been inspired by each other for a very long time. This difficult dance is best illustrated by Brigid who went from being a Pagan triple goddess to a Christian saint and back again. During this time Brigid remained Brigid because she is part of the Great Mystery some of us call the Divine. We, however, have changed over the centuries and so have the words and rituals we have attached to her.
My point is this…let’s continue the journey together. Pagans, be open to your magical Christian sisters and brothers and know that we walk in solidarity with you and are learning much from you. Christians, set aside all the ridiculous misinformation you’ve heard about your Pagan sisters and brothers and get to know them personally. They have much wisdom to share about the way the Divine works in our world and can help you to establish a deeper and more harmonious relationship with nature. Blessed be and Amen!
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