Well, as for me I’m Irish/French/Native American on one side and Swedish/Norwegian on the other. My Dad actually didn’t learn English at first, Swedish and Norwegian were his first languages.
Despite all that I’ve always found myself drawn to the Greek pantheon. I was fascinated as a kid and took mythology twice in high school. One day I came home from work and Mom gave me this book, The Supermarket Sorceress by Lexa Rosean. And told me about how this author was on Good Morning America talking about witchcraft and the Goddess. And that it was something she thought I might enjoy learning about.
Well, the book wasn’t all that great but I was interested. So I hopped off to Waldenbooks at the mall -and doesn’t that tell you how long ago this was? - and found me a better book. It was True Magick: A Beginner’s Guide by Amber K.
Well, by the time I read that was I was hooked and more book followed. I didn’t do much magic yet though, I didn’t feel confident enough and Mom kept on wanting to watch which was problematic for me. I didn’t know what I was doing and I was supposed to do it for an audience? No.
Then life happened and I got kicked in the teeth and fell into depression. That and keeping up with Mom’s failing heath occupied me for a good decade.
When she passed I had to move right away so when I did and I unpacked I found those old books. After a good year of being settled I started getting interested in finding my faith again.
Then one night I had a dream. In it, a woman was trying to bring me milk and bread into my kitchen and I was all upset because I don’t eat much sandwich bread and I can’t drink milk. And She said, “How am I supposed to know what you need if you don’t ask me?”
That stayed with me while I was awake. How was the Goddess supposed to know what I needed if I didn’t ask?
So I dusted off my books and started reading again, buying books on my Kindle this time where there were oodles of good books to read. I started doing daily devotionals and nightly prayers. It helped my self confidence at the least and I was happy so it was all good.
Then I wasn’t so happy. Things were getting dark again. So I made a New Year’s resolution last year to be happy. Part of that was finding people I would talk to about my paganism. I had to change meds and round the time I did that I somehow found myself at Spells8 and took a chance.
So I came to Spells8 at a time when I was needing that connection to others and needing help getting me to get off my butt and actually do some magic. And I found the connection I’d been searching for, friends and made-family here.
I don’t know what I would have done without Spells8, it’s certainly made me into a more active witch. But it’s the friendship and sense of community that I’ve found here that I’ve enjoyed. I don’t know where I’d be without y’all.