Ideologies can be used for person growth, or they can be weaponized. Paganism is no different, and can appeal to those looking to improve their lives, as well as those who are looking for an avenue to power. Paganism, power, and control are inextricably intertwined. Let us take a look at some of the mechanics at work.
Belief systems are often a system of habits, ideas, rituals, rites, and so on. As such, a person’s thoughts are focused through a particular interpretation of the world around them, and they tend to act accordingly. How much of their interpretation is influenced likely depends on how active – and serious – they are in their devotions and beliefs.
What is Power?
Pagans can have a number of ideologies regarding the source of their power. While one can think it is derived from an entity, a god, a goddess, nature, the universe itself – I tend to lately find that power comes most from within. My power derives from using my will, experience, and knowledge as my guide towards my goals. Of course, it could be argued that this might create a sort of ‘morality vacuum’.
Personally, I have found that if your goal is to become a powerful dick, you are still a dick regardless of status. Overall, it is about one’s rationale – their intent. Intention is a huge part of paganism. We are warned to be careful with our intention, lest we get what we wished for. Power, however, also comes from within. It is having the confidence to achieve your goals, and the strength to stand for what you believe in.
Arguably, power is a measure of influence one may have. The real question becomes: is it being used to grow and strengthen the self, or is it being used for control of others?