For the last couple of years my path has gradually been changing. A lot of what I do in my personal practice is the same but there are newer elements. It all started when Loki came into my life. I now honour an increasing number of Heathen deities along with those from Celtic lands I have honoured for years.
Most Druids and Heathens honour ancestors and spirits of the land in some way. And in both communities if you ask a question you will get a multitude of answers – although Heathens will more often refer you to various written sources such as the Eddas and Sagas.
At the same time as these changes have been happening with my spiritual life I’ve also gradually become more confident about referring to myself as autistic in spite of being told that I didn’t fully meet “diagnostic criteria”. Yes, it still annoys me. Fortunately those that know me best, including my kids, as well as an assortment of adult autistic friends have recognised that I am autistic. I refer to it as being peer recognised.
I am still me. I am still Pauline, daughter of Siusaidh. I am also Potia Nighean a’Chailliche (the second part of that name I took in October 2019 as part of my promises to the Ancient One). I’m still a Hearth Druid and I’m proudly autistic. But now I’m adding a new label to my collection, I’ve fully accepted that I’m also Heathen.
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Our spiritual-life journeys take us down may paths and byways. The more we learn about ourselves and all that surrounds us the more we often need to augment and expand how we name and present ourselves. It helps us to remember who we are and who amongst the Other Beings we share the journey with. When we can embrace all those self-understandings and ‘stick a label’ on them the richer our experience can be and less daunting for ourselves and those around us. Names identify and thus they open ways forward. Blessings.
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There is a saying in Swedish that loved children have many names… May you add to your collection and be beloved of many! 💜
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