The term “fluffy” is something that gets bounced around quite a bit in the Pagan community, but the meaning of the colloquialism is a little murky. When I started my practice, everything I read informed me that “fluffy” meant practitioners that saw everything as love and light and unicorn and rainbows. I have since learned that is not the only definition. Some people believe that the term is connected to the type of magic you do, or in some cases the fact you do magic at all. Others connect the term “fluffy” to newer Pagans who come to their practice with a hyped up sense of enthusiasm. Still others say that people who follow particular paths (namely solitary paths) or the guidance of certain authors (often Silver Ravenwolf). These are all very different ideas with different connotations. So what does this term actually denote?
A while ago I decided on my personal definition of “fluffy” as people who practice magic or any faith without understanding or without deeper meaning. For example if someone does magic all of the time without any deeper understanding of energies or the involvement of the quarters and any appropriate deities, then that’s a little “fluffy.” Everything that you do in this life has an effect on you, your family, your friends, your lovers, and even complete strangers. I don’t claim to have the answers of why that is (although I have personal suspicions). But doing magic or invoking deities without this concept in the back of your head is not only ignorant, but also irresponsible. I get that this happens, especially with new practitioners, so as knowledge expands so lessens the “fluff.” I admit to having my “fluffy” moments, especially early in my practice. My early rituals before I really started reading and listening to my moral compass really had no meaning, because I was invoking deities and powers just for fun. Now, that horrifies me to practice that level of ignorance. Also, being enthusiastic does not make you “fluffy” rather than just excited to be doing what you are doing.
I encourage other people to share their definitions of “fluffy” or their “fluffy” moments.
© Ariadne Woods