This week’s question from the Pagan Perspective YouTube channel is about the questions people ask as they are becoming acclimated to a new belief system and/or faith.
Topic for the Week of 2/10: from Jenni B – “Is It Okay…” in your path!
“The main questions I keep seeing in some of the groups I’m in are ‘is it ok…’ questions. ‘Is it ok to buy my own tarot deck?’ has been coming up a lot recently. ‘Is it ok to have a temporary altar?’ , ‘is it ok to keep my altar in a box/ cupboard /particular room?’. One that really boggled my brain recently was ‘is it ok to cut my own hair’ …??? It might be interesting to have the hosts answer the general question of ‘is it ok…?’ within their tradition. Most of the time people who ask these sort of questions in the groups will get the answers ‘yes if it works for you’ or ‘yes if it isn’t hurting anyone’. I don’t know if there is much difference between the answers people would get from the traditions represented on the channel but it seems to be a common anxiety out there for a lot of people. “
Is it okay to buy my own tarot deck?
Is it okay to not read reversals?
Is it okay to not cut the deck before pulling tarot cards?
Is it okay to not cleanse my cards?
Is it okay to have a temporary altar?
Is it okay to keep my altar in a box/ cupboard /particular room?
Is it okay to not have an altar?
Is it okay to cut my own hair?
Is it okay that I don’t feel connected to deity?
Is it okay to include personal items in ritual?
Is it okay to not chant, sing, or rhyme in ritual?
Is it okay to cast spells without intricate, detailed rituals?
Is it okay to not use candles/incense/crystals/etc in ritual and/or spellwork?
Is it okay to use plastic/glass/etc in rituals and/or spellwork?
I’ve run into all of these questions and many more. The thing is? I don’t see faith as rigid. That is whether that faith is in tarot, in religion, in spellwork, etc. It’s not rigid.
Yes, certain rules of nature are rigid. Certain ethics (for me) are rigid.
But none of the questions above fall into those categories. In every single case? In my belief system it would be completely up to the individual and what feels right for them.
There is a massive amount of autonomy in my faith. It’s about what feels right to you. What fits you. For me that includes a good deal of respect for the earth, the green, and nature’s creatures. For me, this involves strict adherence to my the directives of both my moral compass and my intuition. If my gut says no? Then it’s no. Period. Whether I wish the answer was yes or not, whether I feel like it should be yes or not, whether other people insist it’s okay or not. If my gut says no? The answer is no.
This goes beyond how I practice, where I practice, or what I use in my practice. It goes into everyday life and everyday choices, because if I can’t trust my intuition in ALL times and ALL things, it won’t speak as loudly when I need it to.
So my answer to “Is it’s okay… ?” is two fold. Do you feel that it is a morally and ethically sound decision? And does your gut say yes? Or no?
If the answer is no? Then maybe it’s time to examine things more closely and figure out why. Or maybe just take it as “no” and look for a method/path/way of doing things that fits better for you.