Just read a post on a FB page by someone who considers themselves both a Thelemite and a heathen.
So if you have UPG (unverified personal gnosis) you should keep it to yourself or expect to be kicked in the ass by higher heathens who know more of the lore.
Do they really think our ancestors didn’t have UPG that they shared (or not) as they were told they could (or could not)? Do they really think THE LORE (TM) is a static bunch of verses written down in the medieval era that sprang, perfectly formed, from the Gods themselves? Cuz it sure as hell was SOMEONE’S UPG once.
I AM a heathen because of my UPG. If you want to know why I am, you HAVE to know that. So should I shut up about it and say Nunyabidness when asked how I am come to this faith? Or, because I’m new to the actual practice of heathenry – but not new in any way to the Germanic Gods (or a lot of Pagan Gods actually). So 20 years of practice in the Pagan faith means nothing because I’m not a 20 year heathen? OK. Again, WTF ever. Believe me, the self examination, the moral preconceptions examined and discarded, the self discipline honed over 20 years of belief has only made it easier for me. I don’t have any Christian notions to scrap – I did it a long time ago. Which I notice has not happened for a lot of these self proclaimed ‘elders.’
I’ve had talks with Stephen McNallen about esoteric stuff (ETA over the space of a few days at a gathering, not like he’s my friend or anything). He of all people should be arrogant, close-minded about the Lore and UPG – but he’s not. He isn’t standing up telling people YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG. He WORSHIPS THE GODS and devotes himself to them. He doesn’t waste his time posting things like above self appointed heathen police.
Now there is a time and a place, that I don’t disagree with. But. It’s not for you to determine validity. Except as it seems to be in character with a given Divine person.
And I SOMEWHAT agree that you should be very afraid if the Gods have placed their eyes on you. ESPECIALLY if that God is Odin. But. Still doesn’t mean every experience with every God is necessarily bad, or going to tear up your world, or that you’ll die a horrible death (or live a horrible life).
ETA I suppose this could be taken as whiny. In reality it is frustration. I really think those kinds of heathens have a real NEED for dogma, and they’ve simply switched out Catholic or Christian type dogma/religion for heathen lore/reconstruction.
What is it about heathenry that attracts arrogant assholes?