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Follower or Leader?

By Cat Treadwell

Paganism is one of the most democratic of spiritualities, right? It allows each of us to maintain and explore our own relationship with deity, practice pretty much as we like, and generally find like-minded people to work with along the way.

Except that it’s not that simple (of course). We like to think that it’s all sweetness, light and friendship, but as with any human philosophy, there are speed-bumps on the road that we’re travelling.

Something that I’ve been really coming up against in recent months is the issue of hierarchy. If Pagans can each hold their own method of worship, then why do we even need leaders? Perhaps rather naively, I used to assume that each person understood that following a spiritual path involved investigation, constant challenging of the self and their chosen Way – otherwise it’d be far simpler to just find one of those other faiths with a set doctrine and follow that (less thought and effort required all round).

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