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I was approached to be a part of a Blog Talk Radio show this past Saturday evening. While I’ve done interviews in the past for The St. Louis Post Dispatch and been a Co-Host of a radio show this past summer, I was racked with nerves all week. I know what you’re thinking…why? Well, that’s an excellent question, and the best I can come up with is that two previously separate parts of my world decided to collide.
Science & Wicca/Witchcraft
Take a look at that header again. Science…and…Wicca/Witchcraft. Though the concepts are not in and of themselves mutually exclusive they aren’t often looked at together. However, in my life the two are intrinsically linked. I’ve always seen the two come together.
Potions and brews are much like working in a chemistry lab. You have to know what you can safely mix together and in what proportions. Or the results can blow up in your face.
Then there’s the God and the Goddess. I’ve always been one that firmly believed in the duality of the godhead because it is something I see within the fabric of nature. There is masculine and feminine throughout the various classifications of species.
For my formal education I initially started out studying Geology. I had to leave school for a while once my grandparents passed away, but when I had the opportunity to return to school there wasn’t a Geology program at the University I attended. So, I decided to study Anthropology with my emphasis in Archaeology. My reasoning being that I would be able to use the knowledge I had gained in the Geology program. It certainly did give me some additional insights that helped with field work. I was able to work independently and just have the resident Geologist come by and confirm my soil classifications.
I founds that working in the field and recovering artifacts from past cultures was fascinating and exciting. There’s nothing quite like seeing the pieces slowly start coming together. One moment you have bare ground, the next you’re excavating a keyhole structure. The remains of an ancient culture’s dwelling that for the first time in hundreds of years is now visible again. That’s the type of find that can give you insight into how the people in that area lived, what they found valuable, and what they considered sacred based on the placement within the dwelling. Pretty incredible right?
It is, but then again it doesn’t pay very well. So, I took a more ‘normal’ day job to help pay my bills. So, it’s been a while since I’ve worked in the field.
Wicca and Witchcraft are a daily part of my life. It is a part of who I am and a lot of my work now revolves around that community. So, when an opportunity came up to be a part of the LCO Blog Talk Rado show I jumped on it. Then I had a moment of panic. What did I just do? I haven’t actively worked in the field for a while and while I’m not in the broom closet by any means, it was the first time that I’d allowed the two worlds to intersect.
My main goal for the show was to show the connection between the two. I wanted to be able to show that Modern Paganism is in fact influenced by past cultures. How they perceived the world and interacted with it can still have a dramatic impact on us in modern society. The fact that there was goddess worship in multiple areas of the world and the fact that plants were used beyond medicinal purposes but stretched into the realms of burial and ceremonial rites. Those insights allow us to embrace the past and still apply it in a new and meaningful way in the future.
Facing the Fears
So, I took the bull by the horns and did the show. I know I sounded nervous and there were a few stumbles, but I feel pretty good about how the show went. Was it perfect? No. But then again nothing is ever perfect. One of my goals was to show that I could hold my own and show that science and spirituality can complement one another. I think that some interest may have been sparked and the host indicated that they may like to revisit the topic in the future. Now that the initial show has been done I think I can more adequately prepare for another show.
Let me know what you think. Listen in for yourself. Here’s the link to the archived show!
As many of you know I work on the St. Louis Pagan Picnic Committee. I’ve been on the committee pretty much continuously since 2003. It’s been a great honor to be able to serve the community in this area and it happens to be one of my passions.
It all happened long ago, but I happened to open my mouth and make it known to the universe that I was going to get involved in the community once I moved to the St. Louis area. I know…I know…be careful what you wish for! Well, I went to a meeting for picnic intending to volunteer a few hours at the event and came away as Programming Coordinator. Fortunately, I had some good mentors and excellent support so I could get my bearings! I love my job on picnic and it’s given me a chance to meet some terrific people in the area and some of the more well-known individuals in the greater Pagan community.
Below are links to a few of the video interviews I’ve done at Pagan Picnic over the years! (From these you’d never know I was shy.) I thought that these would be a fun little extra to put up on the website for your viewing pleasure. As you can tell from the videos the weather in St. Louis is varied in June, but some years are hotter than others!