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This blog started out as solely focused on food. cooking and spirituality are incredibly co-mingled for me, and now I'm adding to the focus by making the blog more about my spiritual life in general. I hope the result is something readable!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Repurposing the Blog

So. I've gotten sick of having this periodic waxing and waning of concern for my spiritual growth. This past year has done a lot for helping me really incorporate my beliefs into a general milieu of daily activity, but my relationship with the greater world of Paganism is an on-again, off-again one. And I think that needs to change.
So what do I, a solitary sort-of eclectic sort-of apathetic pagan do? I start a blog. This is just how it's done, it seems, in this day and age. Also this means now I can sound off on issues like OMG THE LABELING CRISIS in a venue other than comment threads. Man, comment threads, such turbulent places. Anyway.

I re-named the blog The Liminal Pagan, because honestly that's about as concise a name as I can think of. I'm still a foodie, and I still love incorporating my spirituality into the kitchen, but can I really call myself a Kitchen Witch? I don't know. I've grown about as leery of the term "witchcraft" as I have of "eclectic neopaganism," and besides that the magical system I'm currently investigating doesn't fall under the umbrella of European Witchcraft. Mostly.

The "Liminal" in the name applies to several different aspects of my life: I identify as biracial (even though there's more than just two ethnic groups in my heritage, but I base the term on how my parents self-identify), bisexual (but these days "queer" seems like a better general descriptor), flexaterian foodie (who loves bacon and making pie crusts with lard), eclectic pagan (who is deeply invested in avoiding cultural appropriation and simply going with "what feels right.") I am betwixt and between several easily-defined categories, and that has made some things in life difficult for me. The most consistently difficult has been my quest to find a religious system where I feel truly at home.

What I hope to do with this blog, other than share my successes (and failures) in the kitchen, is ask myself a lot of difficult questions about my own spirituality, and, in attempting to answer them, collect a viable, coherent framework for how I live my spiritual life.

I certainly don't feel like I'm a special and unique snowflake (or trying to enter all the events in the Oppression Olympics), but I do believe that the problems and questions I face make for an interesting viewpoint on the world of Paganism, hopefully one that is worth reading. I also hope that my efforts will be useful or interesting to folks who are dealing with some of the same issues as I am.

Sounds good? Let's get started.

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