The High Priestess: How did you first discover your path?
That is an excellent question. I’m not a hundred percent certain, discovering my path has been an evolving slow path of discovery over time. And I expect that it will continue to be an evolving thing as I continue to grow and change. My path is a meandering one and I can’t see around all the corners, and I’m happy with that. It’s kind of like how my Tarot style isn’t predictive. I don’t think I can see the future, but I definitely think we can get insight on what’s happening with ourselves in this current moment and how to take control of our destiny and help create our futures.
I was raised sort of generically Protestant, we would go to church on Christmas and Easter with the occasional detour to church on other random Sundays as well. I went to a few assorted Sunday school programs, nothing too memorable. And I had a youth group for… I don’t know maybe a few months? Nothing that ever super impressed me. When I got to college I started learning about other options, like agnosticism, and atheism, and paganism, and just about every other-ism there is.
I don’t really remember when pagan-y witchy stuff just clicked into place, but I like it. I like the Wheel of the Year, I like the way we follow the rhythm of the seasons and I love Goddess thing just feels comfortable.
In my day job I’m a librarian and I love to do background reading. At first it sort of drove me nuts that there wasn’t a central authoritative text that I could read and know everything I wanted. So I read every book and website I could find, and you’ll recall the librarian thing, that means I found a LOT. And I’m still finding witchy books that I haven’t read yet. I haven’t yet read all of the ‘classical’ texts yet even.
It’s like that with Tarot (and with most things I get interested in). I want to do all the background reading. I think the best way to learn about something is to get a huge variety of thoughts and teachings on it. No one person is going to have all the answers, and I’d be seriously wary of anyone who claims to.
These days I consider myself a pagany witch. I feel moved out in Nature or when I’m seeing people support and encourage each other. I think we can find the divine in each other and in nature when we’re paying attention. I feel honored when people trust me enough to ask me to read for them and allow me to help them in finding their way on their paths. It’s a responsibility that I take very seriously and I find it amazing to be a part of.
So that’s my path, so to speak, an evolving winding path that I keep discovering new parts of. I’d be happy to help you take steps to find or move forward on yours.