So, I recently saw this on some other blogs, and thought I’d give it a shot. I know this post is titled “pagan meme”, and the name “pagan” crops up several times in the meme itself, and I’m sorry about that. I honestly couldn’t think of what else to call it, though I know that the name “pagan” can be pretty offensive to some people. I also think this meme is rather silly, because it makes the assumption that the faith of whoever is taking the meme is Wicca-based and/or New Age-y and has a little Christianity thrown in there as well. Among other reasons.
Without further ado, here it is:
The Pagan Meme
Do you have a magical/Pagan name?
No. Well, I suppose I sort of do; I go around on this blog and other places as Iulla, which is an archaic Roman form of Iulia. Which is not anywhere close to my real name.
How did you find Paganism?
Through the internet. I’ve never had any pagan friends or even known any pagans, so it was all up to me to find my own path.
How long have you been practicing?
Only a year and a half.
Are you out of the broom closet?
With only a few people. As far as my family goes, only one of my aunts knows that I am a Roman revivalist. A good friend of mine also knows. Those two people are the only ones that know the details; I honestly don’t feel that it’s necessary to go around telling everyone, whether in a religious discussion or not, what faith I follow. If it’s relevant, I will, otherwise I won’t.
Solitary or group practitioner?
What is your path?
Roman polytheism. I should say, archaic Roman and somewhat Etruscan polytheism.
D E I T Y
What’s your brand of deism?
I’m a hard polytheist, meaning I pray to/offer to/worship all the gods of the Roman pantheon and believe that they are all separate figures, not emanations from a single being.
Who is your patron God?
Mercurius and Ianus, but not in the sense of a “let’s be best friends, Mister God!” sort of way. My work and hobbies, things such as travelling, learning languages, etc. fall under their jurisdiction.
Who is your patron Goddess?
Minerva, as the goddess of wisdom and schooling, and Iuno, as the goddess of women.
What Gods do you worship?
All of the gods of the Roman pantheon. Some of the Etruscans as well: for example, as far as I’ve come across in my studies of the ancient Roman religions, the Roman Minerva was originally an Etruscan goddess called Menrva, and the two share very similar – if not the same – functions.
Do you fear darkly aspected Gods/Goddesses, or rather respect them?
Both. I think that the gods need a healthy dose of fear and respect.
Do you worship the Christian God?
Do you worship animals? Or plants?
N A T U R E
Do you regularly commune with nature?
Taken a camping trip just to talk to nature?
Describe the moment you felt closest to Mother Earth?
This has never happened.
Do you have a familiar?
Have you ever called upon the powers of an animal in ritual?
Or a plant?
Do you hug trees?
Give them gifts?
No. But I probably should.
What are your favorite plants to work with?
I don’t “work with” plants.
What are your favorite trees to work with?
I don’t “work with” trees.
W H E E L O F T H E Y E A R
What is your favorite holiday?
Halloween. Wait, what? That’s not Roman, you say? Well, I really like Saturnalia.
What is your least favorite holiday?
Valentine’s Day. St. Patrick’s Day. Not because of the Saints or anything, but because I feel like they have become highly commercialized. It’s sad, really, how much people have forgotten/don’t really care about the history behind the holidays.
Have you ever held a ritual on a holiday?
On Roman holidays? Yes.
Ever taken a day off work to celebrate a Pagan holiday?
Do you celebrate Yule on the 21st rather than the 25th?
No. I don’t celebrate Yule.
Have you ever felt the veil thin?
Ever danced the Maypole?
Know what the Maypole symbolizes?
How do you usually celebrate the Pagan holidays?
I don’t celebrate THE “pagan holidays”, per se. But when I celebrate the ones of the Roman calendar, I usually give offerings and thanks to whatever deity(ies) the holiday/festival is for
D I V I N A T I O N
Do you use Tarot?
Not often. I think that will change when I get my new deck.
Do you use runes?
No. I have a set, but I don’t use them.
Do you use a pendulum?
Do you use dowsing rods?
Do you use astrology?
Any other forms of divination?
Egg yolk divination and augury are pretty fun.
S P E L L S
What was the first spell you did?
I have never tried to perform a spell, and I can’t see myself doing so. Ever.
What was the latest?
Ever done a love spell?
A job spell?
A healing spell?
What was the most powerful spell you’ve ever performed?
What deities do you usually call on?
None. Although if I were to, I suppose I could ask Minerva or Hecate for their blessings, as they are goddesses of magic.
C R Y P T O Z O O L O G Y
Do you believe in vampires?
Other than that I believe that there are people who think that they are vampires, or have celiac disease (I think that’s what it’s called), or are psychic vampires who just drain emotions, no. Not even the strix/striges, Lamia, or Empousa of myth.
Sort of. Not as in the lovely-maidens-that-dance-around-fields-and-forests-etc. kind of thing, but as spirits (numen) that inhabit trees and rivers and such.
See answer for the Nymphs, but turn this into horny-goatmen-who-play-flutes and there’s your answer.
Ever “seen” any of the above?
Ever used any of the above in magic?
Do you have one of them as a personal guardian?
R A N D O M
Do you see a rabbit, a man or a woman in the moon?
I see the moon.
Own a cat?
When you meditate, what does your happy place look like?
Either it’s a blank area, just sort of whitish-grey, or it’s a path somewhere.
Do you work with chakras?
Do you believe in past lives?
If so, describe a few briefly:
I may believe in them, but I have no idea what mine were. I think if I were meant to know, I would, but I don’t, so I’m really not all that concerned.
Do you believe in soul mates?
Do you have a spirit guide?
No. Wait – does my iuno count? Then yes. I have a tutelary deity.
Is it always love and light?