What constitutes “the Pagan lifestyle?”
A hard question to answer, however, if the gatherings of Pagans in these United States are any indication, then the majority of Pagans have three things in common:
- They like to run around naked.
- They are interested in, or actually practicing, polamory.
- They worship a Goddess.
The last everyone knows of course. The other two are less obvious, unless you happen to attend one of the major Pagan festivals that take place every summer, and are attended by thousands of Pagans of all types:
Starwood (Upstate NY)
Pan Pagan Festival (Indiana)
Ancient Ways (California)
These are the four big ones; the most famous (or infamous). There are numerous others also, practically in all 50 states. They all have a few things in common. All of them are “clothing optional.” If you attend one you will see naked people walking around. Lot’s of them. Maybe I am exaggerating. It may be the kind of thing where you notice something because you’re doing it too, or you want to (like when you bought your first VW Bug, suddenly you noticed hundreds of the things). All I know is, there are lots of naked people at these events, and the organizers encourage that behavior. The other thing is “Polyamory Workshops.” Every Pagan festival in the last twenty years has featured workshops on “polyamory”
or “polyfidelety.” These are well attended, so even if”polyamory” is not a lifestyle that a majority of Pagans subscribe to, there is an enormous amount of interest.
Does OMS require it’s Groves to be “Poly..?” We did in the beginning. Today it’s simply a preference, and not a requirement, much in the way we prefer that members pay dues but we don’t require it. Most of our members are solitares, which is to say that they practice the tradition alone. Many have never
had any group experiences before, and many have never even attended or heard of any of the Pagan festivals. These folks embraced the OMS philosophy wholeheartedly, but not the nudity or the poly parts. So, how important then are “nudity” and “polyamory?” Well, not all that much. It’s an acquired taste after all. 🙂