Seeing as Journey has shared a bit of her story I thought I ought to share some of mine 🙂
My name is Kristie and as I said in my sidebar I am a bibliophile (that’s a book lover…nothing kinky), crazy about craft, and more to the point of this blog, I have recently gone public with my personal religious beliefs. Yes, I’m a Pagan. I think that deep down inside I’ve been one since I first read the myths and stories of the Greek and Roman gods when I was 10 years old. I’m pretty sure that my Mum only bought the book for me because she thought it might amuse me during a long hospital stay…little did she know that she was about to set me on a path that would obsess me for the rest of my life.
I was bought up a Roman Catholic and I always struggled to reconcile what the Church taught with the life I saw around me. I also found it impossible to believe that anyone who was not a “good Catholic” was going to hell. It made no sense to me what so ever. As I got older my interest in history and religion kept me reading, questioning, and often getting into trouble for my questions. I dabbled in a few different religions over the years, but I never found “IT”, the one that satisfied both my soul and my intellect.
So, prompted by a change in circumstances, I decided to go to university and study religion from an academic perspective. I hoped that by looking at it with my intellect I would be able to reconcile the different sides of my personality and fulfill this amorphous need that I felt inside me. After four and a half years, and a couple of medical issues, I graduated with a first-class honours degree in Studies in Religion (that’s summa cum laude for my American friends, and yes I am bragging!) In my course I covered every different kind of religion that mankind has ever practiced, from ancient hunter-gatherer societies to modern-day cults, this course looked at it all. I minored in Ancient History and Philosophy, focusing on religion in both subjects, and slowly built up a pretty comprehensive knowledge of what people believe about the divine.
I have always tried to keep a very open mind about other people’s beliefs. I always try to show them respect and courtesy, taking seriously the idea that even if we share the same beliefs, our person religious experiences are always utterly unique to us. What I don’t tolerate though is people who feel that it is permissible to disparage my beliefs (or anyone’s for that matter), without actually knowing anything about them. I am always happy to talk religion…just ask my family (LOL), and if you have any questions or wish to engage in a dialogue, I am here and more than willing to participate.
Which brings me to the point of this blog. I was planning on making this a crafty blog like the previous one, but things have changed a little. I hope to share some craftiness on here for sure, but there will be heaps of other stuff as well. Journey, my bestest friend in the whole world, will be contributing all kinds of interesting things from a spiritual perspective, while I might tend toward a more academic approach…after all, old habits die hard. We’ll be talking about Pagan deities, beliefs and practices…not all of them things that we do or believe, but we want to appeal to a wide range of people and hope that anyone who joins us here will enjoy learning what other people think and believe.
Until next time,