I was Stumbling online today and happened upon a page labeled ‘pagan sacred texts’ and had to laugh. Somehow the whole sacred texts evoked these ideas of sage words from the ancients, and Wicca and pagan writings are not ancient in any sense of the word.
Not that I care about knowledge over time, but pagans do not have sacred books we revere. We read, often voraciously, but I just don’t see the books on Wicca and Pagan as ‘sacred’. They are informative, and even entertaining, but sacred?
A Book of Shadows, I perceive, as sacred. A sense of reverence and understanding its importance. It’s a reflection of your spiritual path, after all.
Books by Gerald Gardner, Margaret Murray, or Margot Adler, to me, are not sacred. They are not held in the same regard or have blind followers as the Koran or Bible. Their words are not gospel, but simply shared wisdom. The books written by ‘the greats’ are respected and referred to frequently. They do not glean devoted followers who don’t ask questions.
We ask questions, weigh the words, and even challenge them. And the writers often welcomed that debate.
We are not blind followers. We see clearly.