I think that’s a good point. Most of what we know about past religions were written by humans, which is why we call them faiths. We can research how people in the past worshiped within those religions but we have no primary source. Some of us are lucky enough to have a deity reach out to us or feel called to a certain path, and they can have faith in what they’ve personally experienced. The rest of us just kind of wander around for years researching religions and going “… meep”.
Which isn’t to say people who have direct interaction with deities or religions don’t ever feel doubt. They certainly do! I actually wrote a post about this matter a while back. The initial “I’m crazy for wanting to do this” feeling is pretty common for lots of PC pagans (at least that I’ve seen) but doubt and hesitation plague lots of practitioners of varying faiths. It’s something you work through slowly and over time you begin to trust in it and push those feelings away.
The difference is… I really don’t know. I sometimes wish I did but then I think, does it matter? Will knowing what’s real and what’s a human creation change the way I feel about the entities that have saved my life? The people who have been there for me during my darkest times and reminded me that there’s still some light in the world? Its interesting to think about, certainly, but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter so much to me. People who follow “traditional” faiths do so because it’s touched their life in a profound way. I follow a PC path because pop culture has touched my life in profound ways. All of us are valid, whether we have a history or not.
So who decides which spiritual practices are valid? We do. And no one can take that away from us once we’ve made up our mind. It’s a little weird, sure, but a lot of us wouldn’t be here right now if not for these “fictional” beings.
I’m not saying it’s easy. The beginning is the hardest, but it gets easier and you can always come and talk to other pc pagans about this. We really do understand!
But yeah, to sum this all up: YOU decide whether or not your own faith is valid. And anyone who disagrees can suck it.
it’s both strange and amazing to see how a fictional character (or more) can help you and be your support through a bunch of bullshit in life.
sure they’re just fictional people, but that attachment you have sure isn’t. even if it’s just a teeny little pick-me-up to make you smile or laugh, it’s worth remembering that they left that impact on you.
I am very curious in knowing if the alternate universe versions of SBurb players had their class related powers (such as Bro, Mom, the Ancestors, ect.)
It’s suggested that they do, in Mindfang’s journal when she mentions that Doc Scratch’s knowledge was dampened by Darkleer, impling Darkleer (like his SBurb Counterpart, Horuss) had some Void-based powers.
This would mean it is possible to have SBurb classpect powers without ever actually having to play SBurb.
Which I think its handy to us.
I’m back in University again, so I don’t have a lot of free time to be keeping up with this blog.
As always though, I am willing to answer any questions to the best of my ability!
Is it okay with you if I share my altar here? I hope that’s okay with you. u_u
I’m honestly not sure I’d call myself a pop culture pagan or anything like that (more on that later), but I DID put together a shrine to Aradia, as she’s had a huge impact on my life and is my favorite character in…well, anything. The altar actually started as a joke of sorts, the kind of thing I did out of boredom, but it actually gives me a great deal of comfort. *shrug* (Also, I got a bit artsy with it, ‘cause I’m an artist and I wanted it to look nice.)
Quick rundown of the altar’s contents and their significance:
- A picture of her, of course.
- A copy of Aradia, or the Gospel of Witches. A bit of a stretch, admittedly, but I could think of no better place to put it.
- A lot of red things, since she’s so heavily associated with red, both through her blood and through her aspect.
- A pair of Aries earrings.
- A whip.
- A few pieces of electronic equipment (a USB cable and some batteries) to represent her time spent as a robot. Again, a stretch, but still.
- Some old jewelry and stones (including jasper—the stone associated with Aries). The kind of things she’d find on a dig.
- A necklace with a music note carved into it, representing the whole connection between music and Time. I hope to get a music box as well.
- An hourglass to represent Time itself.
- Finally, a lot of objects related to death and the afterlife. Since so much of her character and story revolves around death, resurrection, and mortality, I thought it would be fitting for it to be a large part of the altar.
Anyway…I’m honestly not sure where I’d personally fall? I’ve always felt a certain gravitation towards witchcraft and paganism, and it all seems to make a fair bit of sense to me, but I’m not sure how much of it I actually believe yet. Still doing some soul-searching there. And as for the pop culture aspect…I don’t view any of the Homestuck characters (or really any fictional characters) as actual entities per se? I mean, that’s just me personally. But for me, Aradia (and Damara, to a lesser extent) is a figurehead, a sort of symbol, a representation of what I want to be and what I hold dear. So…if you have any guidance I’d appreciate it! :) Thanks, and have a lovely day!
That’s a very cute altar! Don’t worry about the objects being a “stretch”— if they remind you of her and bring you comfort, then I think they are doing their job.
As for your last part, I’m not going to tell you want to identify as because thats something only you can decide for yourself. However, it is possible to be a pop culture pagan and believe in characters as symbols rather than divine or even entities. In some ways, thats kind of the theory I subscribe to as well.
You can also be into witchcraft (including PC witchcraft) without being a pagan, or a PC Pagan.
Also, there is no contract you have to sign. You can explore these things without ever “officically” labeling yourself, and you can decide to stop at any time you want. I would suggest exploring these ideas, seeing what draws you and practicing things that catch your idea. It seems like you are already having a positive response with your altar. 8D
I don’ think there is anything wrong with wanting to work with a few select characters from different sources! You may not be able to make them work together, because they are unfamiliar, or maybe you will.
I know that working with a few characters from across sources is done by a lot of PCPs already. I would encourage you to try!
I have never read the Hobbit or seen the movie, so I can’t answer any of your questions, but I do know of a blog that uses Tolkein’s lore for PC Paganism. They are TolkienPCP and I would highly recommend you check them out!
Song of Skaia is fantastic for work with, well, Skaia itself, as well as the Sburb gods in general. Add it to your playlist!