I’m Madolyn, a solitary practitioner living in Atlanta, GA. And if you’re suddenly thinking “in the buckle of the bible belt?! yikes!” then you would be correct. Not easy for a witch ‘down south’, so I tend to find my best support through the wonderful online network of like-minded pagans.
I grew up in Alabama where, I assure you, every southern stereotype is alive and well. I was raised in the church, but once I started thinking for myself, it just didn’t ‘fit’. I knew that path wasn’t for me but I didn’t know what was. So I started researching. It’s the ocd-Virgo in me, but I had to know as much as I could about as many religions as I could find.
But just reading wasn’t enough for me. I had to experience it all. I went to, and participated in, as many different types of services as I could. I wanted to feel something, ‘hear’ something, … I wanted to know what my truth was. When I found the earth-based, Lord & Lady, “pagan” traditions, something within me sparked. I remember feeling my heart leap as I read about these paths, and I could hear something for the first time.
By then I was in college, and in my sophomore year I met a guy & fell in love. The less said about that, the better – I’ll just leave it at “I lost myself all over again” & I didn’t follow the path that was calling to me. Fast forward several years (& another guy) later, and I was once again on my own. I started to truly find out who I was… and what I believed in. There was no denying the call of the pagan path, and I started (somewhat tentatively) to truly delve into that world.
I originally wrote this the day before my 38th birthday. At that time I was stumbling about on my own; but now, inching ever so closer to 40, I’m so much further along than I could have imagined… I can honestly say I’m happier with my life than I have ever been, and excited about where my path is taking me. There have been some significant twists & turns, to be sure, but I think that is all part of what makes me who I am. But I’m far from done. I’m only now truly discovering my path, and there is so much to learn! This blog has helped me along the way; sharing my thoughts and feelings, reaching out, connecting with people… it’s been amazing.
I want to really delve into the dichotomy of my life – I’m an EA as well as a photographer/writer, and the logic & creative sides of my brain are often at war with each other. Can the two parts find a peaceful balance to create one complete whole? I really want to find out.
Thank you for visiting, and I hope you enjoy taking this journey with me.