2016 was a difficult year in Pagan quotes. It has been a year of radical change. It included painful losses of beloved musicians and actors. It has seen the international stage struggle with surprising and potentially world-changing transformations in the status quo. Marginalized communities feel threatened and unsure of the future.
In the midst of mainstream lurches in the norm, the Pagan community was embroiled in political and theological arguments even as we were grasping for answers to the larger questions in world’s sudden changes. As I prepared this annual list, I realized just how much the Pagan microcosm was reflected in the international macrocosm.
And yet, through darkness comes light. Our bodies heal when we sleep, and we learn valuable lessons from life’s difficult moments. This year’s top 10 quotes embody the many struggles the Pagan community has been through, both internally and externally. As usual, these quotes must have been said or written by a Pagan (large umbrella). They are based purely on my reading and my tastes, so I undoubtedly missed something you loved. Please feel free to continue the discussion by adding your favorite quotes to the comments.
Alright Witches and Pagans, here are my votes for the Top 10 Pagan quotes of 2016. We’ll begin with a quote from January that, looking back, seems quite prophetic:
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10. “You may not know how to embrace change, but I am here to show you the way. Let me introduce you to my Lord, Loki.”
– Heather Freysdottir, January 11
9. “If we hope to create societies without domination, violence, and war, then we must transform the distorted images of masculinity and femininity that have been developed in patriarchy. We must insist that domination, violence, and war are no more part of masculinity or male nature than passivity and lack of consciousness are part of femininity or female nature. It may feel good to speak of reuniting the masculine and the feminine, but feeling good will not help us to transform cultures built on domination, violence, and war.”
–Carol P. Christ, January 25
8. “But self-reliance is a myth. We are all co-dependent upon everything else on this planet. We do not exist in a vacuum. We need others in order to exist, let alone thrive. We are not separate. Without the innumerable other factors in our lives, beings seen and unseen, we simply could not be. I think that this is why I believe in the gods.”
–Joana van der Hoeven, November 14
7. “I find Power in the things Christians shout at me–damn straight, I am Lucifer’s f*ggot spawn!”
-Pat Mosley, May 12
6. “You know who a lot of those newbs were? Young women. You ever notice how we make fun of anything young women like?
“The internet is full of people bitching about what is and isn’t real witchcraft. Jesus, just look at Patheos’s pagan section and be bored to tears after the tenth article on the subject. That hasn’t changed since the dawn of the internet, and it never will. The only thing that changes is the target everyone is trying to tear down. Pastel Instagram-worthy witchcraft is a fucking easy target because it looks shallow as hell.”
-Mama Fortuna, May 29
5. “We don’t run away from the monsters. We make the monsters run away from us.”
-Greywolf Moonsong, December 21
4. “Seriously? When did Witchcraft become a pissing contest?”
-Jason Mankey, April 7
3. “Power comes from all kinds of places, even the places you think are trivial. Remember that when your sisters that you were so eager to step on as you were coming up get strong enough to come for you.”
-Deborah Castellano, June 1
2. “We are most happy to report that none of our clergy subscribe to your views on mixed race or gay marriage, and so we cannot assist you in your upcoming visit to Ireland. Fuck Off. Yours very sincerely, Everyone at the Pagan Federation of Ireland.”
-Everyone at Pagan Federation of Ireland, April 24
1. “In drawing on the momentum of emotions and saying what he pleases, with no apology, Trump has trumped American politics.”
-Taylor Ellwood, March 3