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Meditating on the Maxims

An Interview with Allyson Szabo

By Galina Krasskova

I always like to get a sense of where people are coming from when discussing their written work. I find it interesting to see the sometimes circuitous routes that people have taken to find their Gods. So to begin, please tell me a little bit about your spiritual background and what led you to Hellenic Paganism.

I grew up in a militantly atheist household where religion was painted as a crutch and people who went to church were looked down upon as weak and feeble-minded. Of course I had an interest in religions in general, because what child wouldn’t in that atmosphere? At 15 or so, I delved into Catholicism, as it was the only church within walking distance of my house and I had the excuse of a Catholic grandmother. I would sneak out on Sunday mornings to attend church, and I took some lessons with the parish priest. Surprisingly, it was he who refused to baptize me. Instead, he urged me to explore. He told me, with solemn face, that he felt I was meant to be elsewhere, but if after careful consideration I still wished to be baptized, then he would do so. I am forever grateful to him, as he gave me the little push I needed to explore on my own.

I discovered Wicca at 17, and began serious training with an Alexandrian Wiccan teacher at 18. I studied with him (and lived with him as my partner) for almost five years. I attained my Second Degree within the Alexandrian Wiccan religion. I also hold honorary Degrees within other Traditions of Wicca. Over the years, I found myself drifting away from strictly Wiccan practices. Much of what Wicca was seemed to be disappearing as it became more public and more accessible, and my own religious observances tended to be far away from both the public and the private beliefs of others. I ceased to call myself Wiccan, and struggled to find a name for what I was actually doing.

Read the original article at: Patheos

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