Beth Washington HPs, eclectic pagan, tells the Boston Pagan Examiner how she found her path:
“I lost my parents as a kid. There was always that question: Why would God do this to me? I tried a lot of different denominations of Christianity. None of them worked for me. They didn’t speak to me. They didn’t speak to why would God do this to a child.
“So, the funny part of the story: I’m in Salem MA in October with friends, walking around dressed as vampires, and we walk into Laurie Cabot[HPs]’s store. She had a pamphlet there. It said, ‘What is a Witch?’ And I read it and went, ‘Hmm.’ Which led me to think that maybe, just maybe, this was where I needed to be.”
Later, one of those same friends “dragged me in to Illuminations* to take this class with Christopher Penczak [HP], and that’s where it really started. I took every class he offered there and when there wasn’t anything left I signed up for his Witchcraft series. And that’s when things got serious.
“One of the reasons I chose this path is because I’m not a sheep. I can’t go along without asking questions. Being pagan allows me to ask questions, allows me to define my own path. It puts the power of religion in my hands, not somebody else’s.”
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.
*Illuminations was a new age metaphysical bookstore in Westford MA, now closed.