Mary Shoup currently lives in Washington State, where she volunteers
for the Aquarian Tabernacle Church. She graduated from Western
Washington University’s Huxley College with a degree in Environmental
Studies/Journalism and currently works full-time as an editor.
With the start of May, students are looking toward what they’re going to do this summer. Perhaps it’s an internship or, with June graduations looming, a full-time job. Which means that (if you haven’t already started) it’s time to update resumes and portfolios. Common sense dictates that you leave any mention of religion off a resume. Common sense also dictates that if you’re unemployed, or if your portfolio is lacking, that you should volunteer to develop new skills and fill in holes in employment.
Witches and millennials are two of the media’s favorite scapegoats. When you read an article or blog post written by anyone, there is always an agenda. Everyone has an agenda. I have an agenda. I am both a millennial and a Pagan.
I first heard of the Eleusinian Mysteries in late 2009. Western Washington University (WWU) Pagans, I was told, always went to Spring Mysteries Festival and Hekate’s Sickle Festival, carpooling to the state parks where they would take place. This is also known as “camping with friends” to any parents with lots of questions. The experienced WWU Pagans assured me that my interest in Greek mythology was a perfect fit for the Spring Mysteries Festival that was held over Easter weekend every year. Work tends not to ask too many questions when you request time-off for Easter weekend and cite a religious event.
Tumblr is an interesting place. In the corner that I occupy, it’s an open and accepting environment, focused on fighting the injustices in the world – with a healthy dose of cute animal pictures. One of the consistent topics to cross my dash is the representation of LGBTQIA in modern entertainment media. Questions regularly appear like “How are LGBTQIA+ portrayed?” and “Is the current portrayal sufficient, positive, and empowering, while challenging stereotypes?”
I found Paganism when I was about 14 years old, poking through the odd corners of the internet. At the time, I was living in Germany and isolated from any groups with whom I could communicate. My German was, and is, terrible. While there was a small bookstore on the local Army base, with an even smaller religion section, it had only a fraction of a shelf dedicated to alternative religions. So I never would have found out much about any form of Paganism without the digital world. I was eventually able to get my hands on a couple of books on the subject and a pocket-sized tarot deck, but the vast majority of my information came from the internet, both the good and the bad.