Circle of One
Not only do Solitary Pagans have to deal with a different assortment of challenges than other Pagans, we also have to take different approaches to Community and Unity. Understanding who we are as Solitaries is critical if we are to be equal partners in the Greater Pagan Community.
A Pagan Celebration of St. Patrick's Day
Seven or eight years ago, I shocked a large group of my Pagan friends. I was at a small festival in Oklahoma that happened to take place during St. Patrick’s Day weekend. I was vending and teaching at this festival (as well as performing my first song) and knew most of the attendees very well. As we were cleaning the dining hall after dinner, I invited everyone down to my vendor table to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a drink of Irish whiskey. The look of horror on some of their faces was priceless.
Immediately there were old friends standing in disbelief. How could a good Pagan celebrate St. Patrick driving the “snakes” (i.e. “Druids”) out of Ireland? Why would a Pagan celebrate a day to honor a Christian Saint? I assured everyone that I had not turned my back on my heritage and that I had created a simple Pagan ritual to appropriately celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Reluctantly, a small group of folk gathered at my table as I poured half a dozen shots of whiskey (“the water of life”) and handed one to each of them. With looks of trepidation and concern, they raised their glasses as I raised mine and offered my incantation:
“Saint Patrick…UP YOURS!”
Everyone drank and the roar of laughter was heard throughout the camp. This year, I hope that you and yours will join me in my tradition and have a rousing round of toasts.
It is true that this had absolutely nothing to do with Solitary Pagans or Circles of One, per se, but I hate seeing sad Pagans on a day of celebration!!!
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