After a few quiet months, yet somehow busy with Ironfest, Yule and other activities, we resumed our Sunday pub lunch meet ups last week.
Feedback from our last meet up at The Alroy suggested we should have a topic to discuss and this month, we talked about public paganism. Is it relevant in 2015? What are our attitudes to being ‘open’ and out of the broom closet in our personal and professional lives.
The group sentiment concluded that it is important to have some level of public paganism so events like the one were at could happen – requiring someone, (a would be organiser), to pop their head above the parapet and signal to other pagans and witches that we’re out there. Otherwise, being ‘public’ about our paganism wasn’t a huge priority in our lives. Some people were more secretive than others, for fear of being ridiculed, or simply fear of being associated with some of the more colourful characters that are drawn to paganism and witchcraft.
Stay tuned for more pub meet up dates in August-October.
It’s worth noting that we’re also in talks about a potential workshop space, however we’re seeing a lot of interest online in attendance at our meet ups, however only 1/3 of those people who RSVP as ‘attending’ actually show up. If you’d like to attend future workshops or rituals in the region, please come along to our pub lunches. It helps us get to know you, so when we do move to an invite only structure, you’ll get yourself on the list.