Beth Washington HPs, eclectic pagan, talks to the Boston Pagan Examiner about the many faces of the Divine and about spiritual acceptance:
“The Divine Source has many facets. It’s like a diamond. And each facet represents a different face of the God or Goddess. So one facet could be the Morrigan [a Celtic Goddess]; another could be Brigid [a Celtic Goddess], or Cernunnos [a Celtic God], or Amaterasu of the Shinto religion, or the Christian God. The Ones that come to us are the Ones Whose stories teach us something. I believe in one Divine Source, but I believe that all the Gods and all the Goddesses are of one Source.
“All of us, no matter what religion we’re in, we’re all headed in the same direction. What does it matter what path we are on, as long as we’re headed the same way?
“Pagans generally don’t preach hate. We accept all paths.” She quotes a saying: “‘I respect your right to walk your path. All I ask is that you respect my right to walk mine.’ That’s all we ask. I don’t care if you don’t agree with me. My truth is not your truth.”
Ms. Washington leads workshops and sabbat rituals at Aquarius Sanctuary in Westford MA (see www.aquariussanctuary.com), The Natural Path in Townsend MA (see thenaturalpath.tainstitute.net), and Muse Gifts & Books in Marlborough NH (see www.facebook.com/pages/Muse-Gifts-Books/137774576240016?ref=ts&fref=ts). She also makes pagan-themed crafts; see www.moondragondesigns.com/store. Join her Yahoo group at groups.yahoo.com/group/SpiritualStudiesWithMoonDragon to learn about upcoming events.