Thanks to the interesting blogging going on about coming in to Paganism, hanging out within Paganism, then departing from Paganism for some other spirituality or world view, I've been mulling over things like conversion and changing Trad affiliations.
Folks come into Paganism from other spiritual backgrounds all the time. That's how Paganism has grown so much in the past several decades. Folks do depart from Paganism, sometimes in order to return to their previous spiritual background. Pagan folks do change their Trad affiliations, yet retain their Pagan identity. And some folks come in to Paganism, hang out, change Trad Affiliations, depart Paganism, return to Paganism again, hang out, and change Trad affiliations again. Aidan Kelly's biography is a useful example of the process.
What's got me scratching my head here is: Is changing a Trad affiliation within Paganism like coming in to Paganism from a different spiritual background or departing Paganism for a different spirituality or world view--one that's not Pagan?
I don't have any answers here.
But it's pretty clear that changing Trad affiliations happens within Paganism. I'd suggest, in fact, that it happens a lot. Most Pagans that I know maintain affiliations with several Trads--Craft, Reconstuctionist, Druidical, Indigenous, Western Magical, Eastern spiritual, New Age, and such like. It's not unusual, at least in my experience.
Whatever is going on, I gotta say that it's always interesting trying to adapt to our ever-changing world.
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