In the Northern Hemisphere it’s getting colder. Where I live the leaves are absolutely gorgeous, but are falling pretty regularly. For us college students, campus residence life (or whatever it’s called at your school) have switched from air conditioning to heating in the dorms. We will temporarily be cut off from the vibrancy of nature. So why not cultivate a vibrant mind? Even if you have read all the books, there are alternative forms of getting information. Here are some ways to get started.
- REALLY Read Your Myths: Not to say you didn’t the first time around, but treat them this time as meditations. Seriously contemplate a myths implications on your way of life and your relationship with the gods.
- Podcasts and Youtube: These are two active communities full of people willing to share information and knowledge. For students still in the introduction stages, try CharmingPixieFlora, TheShoeWhisperer, and TipToeChick. They are people who have been practicing Paganism for a long time and are genuinely willing to help you out. As I subscribe to all these ladies, I know things are kind of rough in the Pagan Youtube community right now, especially for Flora, so make sure to show them some love. For people a little further down their path, I would recommend concentrating on podcasts. They tend to have more in-depth discussions than Youtube can provide. Right now, Selena Fox and the Circle Sanctuary group are hosting a series called Circle Craft Studies. She covers a wide variety of topics and recommends books and articles to get more educated on a given topic. Also, Another Pagan Podcast is by far my favorite. They’re lively and still informative. iTunes offers many podcasts for free, so go crazy!
- Take a Class: I am a firm believer that sometimes it really is better to ask an expert. I know when I started studying herbalism, I learned a lot easier in a class than I did reading from a book. Try something you’ve never done before. While there are a lot of great classes online, perhaps try one in your community. That way you’ll always have that connection to at least a part of your local community.
© Ariadne Woods