Devotion, awe, reverence

Changing Paths challenge 7 — devotion

“devotion (n.) c. 1200, devocioun, “profound religious emotion, awe, reverence” (also relates to vow)

Etymology Online

What provokes awe in me is immensity — the immense depths of space, the infinite number of stars, the dancing curtains of light in the Northern Lights, or a huge sweeping mountain range; but also the infinitesimal, like atoms and molecules and the spaces between them.

I’m a bit scattered in my approach to magic and spirituality so I find it hard to devote myself to one specific thing or deity. I have made vows, but if I’m going to make a vow I want to keep it, so it kind of makes more sense if I wanted to do the thing that I’m vowing to do anyway. I think vowing gives it more depth and intensity.

I devote myself to the Craft, and to writing and poetry, and learning about nature and folklore: these are all intertwined and also part of my natural inclinations. Devotion doesn’t have to run counter to your natural desires and preferences.

Changing Paths is published by 1000Volt Press and is available from all the usual online stores. Ask your local bookseller or library to stock it!

The goal of the book is to help you decide your own path by guiding you through the perils and pitfalls of the terrain, and asking questions to help you deepen your understanding of the reasons for your desire to change paths.

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