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« Reply #3: May 22, 2011, 06:08:34 pm »

  I was snooping around the Neos Alexandria website, looking for snippets on Apollo, when I found this essay, and it struck me as being very...nun-like, in some ways. I don't really mean as a pagan copy of a Catholic nun, but more along the lines of something sort of similar. I admit, the idea of being a sort of nun for one of my Gods is an enchanting thought, but I honestly do not think I can adhere to it permanently. (I've always had a fascination with nuns... Grin)

  I was however thinking about devoting a certain time period to a specific God in a manner that would be, in a way, comparable nunhood or monkhood. Either contemplative, or active in the vocation I'm called to. But that's something I have to work through, and try and get the logistics figured out.

    I'm now giving some deep thought concerning vocations in pagan religions, whether they be in priesthood, or something different, or even the kind of devotion seen in that essay. I've always been very interested in Apollo, but Set has always been my patron...but I get the feeling Apollo wants more commitment from me, and I'm being called to do something.

So, what are your thoughts on religious vocations, and have you had any? (And what are your thoughts on that essay?)


The author of this article reminds me of some of the Catholic mystics I read about as a child.  They were happy as nuns and priests because their connection to their God filled the space most people fill with sexual relationships. 

I'm kind of in a similar place.  I have made no vows of chastity and have no intention of ever doing so.  It just works out that way ATM because my spiritual work leaves me little time for dating.  That includes my rituals and my work in the community.    I'm oddly OK with this right now, although that could change if I met the right person.  I'm sort of quirky-alone and not very sex-driven.  I'd be as good a candidate for a Pagan "nun" as anyone.  I'm convinced "vocation" has as much to do with temperament as it does with a God's calling.

From what I understand, Cherry Hill teaches not just priesthood but ministry.  They're not the same thing.  Ministry, in our modern context, means spiritual education and community outreach.  I'm not familiar with the Hellenic tradition, but I know ministry didn't exist from a Kemetic standpoint.  Priests did the rituals, which weren't open to the general public.  Some modern priests might find themselves wearing minister hats because the role has become necessary in our society.  Pagans expect spiritual teachers and leaders, and somebody has to fulfill that role. Of course, you don't have to be a priest to do that.  You also don't have to be a minister to be a priest  Smiley 

Ultimately this is a question of what your God wants, and what appeals to you. 

It might be useful to research what priestly folks did in ancient Greek societies, and ask yourself which parts of that fit for you.
You might also want to think about why you're fascinated with nuns.  Maybe write down a list of the things about that vocation that resonate with you.

Once you've got your list together, figure out what types of commitments you can realistically make.  Then commit to making them for a specific period of time.  A month, maybe, to start.  If that feels right, consider doing it for a longer period of time.   When in doubt, err on the side of *less* commitment.  You can always change your mind and do more, if you want.  It's a little harder to change your mind and do less, especially if you've made promises. 
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