Where the Wild Things Are: A Pagan Appreciation for History

Originally posted to ‘BackWash: Where the Wild Things Are’ newsletter, March, 1, 2003.

Do you care about history?

I love reading a bit here and there. I studied history in high school. I would have taken it in college but it wasn’t available among my optional courses.

Mostly I like reading about women in history ancient history and old cultures and customs. Being a Pagan/ Witchy type person I tend to read about superstitions and old traditions connected to nature and ceremonies too. I once spent several hours in the public library reading about wedding traditions and omens. That was long before my own wedding.

When I first heard of Wicca I went to the library to read about it. I wanted to know where it came from and who was involved. How did they feel about the things that matter most to me? That’s all history too. Most, of the people who created Wicca are no longer here to tell us their side of things. If you go even farther back, the first Witches and Pagans are hopelessly lost to us. We couldn’t even come up with a reliable source to know who the first Witch really was. Just some woman gathering herbs and helping people I would guess. But, you can’t know. That’s something lost to history.

History gives us a past, an anchor. Whatever else you learn about, it’s all current or in the future. Nothing but history teaches you about mistakes, conquests, people and possibilities that have come before you.

Not everyone appreciates history. Some think of it as just dusty old books that don’t matter any more. But, I think differently. How can you follow your path if you don’t know where you’ve been and what you’ve passed along the way?

Art Theft at Second Life

This is my original wedding ASCII art, from my ASCII art gallery – ldb ASCII Art

My ASCII art stolen (with my artist initials removed and not even so little as a  link back to me) and stolen by someone who doesn’t even know how to make it look right. I happened to find this by chance tonight. I was updating and searched Google for wedding ASCII art just out of curiousity. When I noticed my own wedding ASCII art (art I made for MY OWN WEDDING!!) I know I had never done it with a black background. I looked at the source and there it is, available for sale for $25!!! How nice of her!!!! I tracked down the woman from a link on her Second Life profile and I sent her a note via her own website, Nikki Lynn Design.

MathCool ASCII Art Collection: Couples


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