The name of this web site could very well have been "The Urban Druid" rather than "The Modern Druid". I am asked from time-to-time how one can even think of being a pagan or druid in the city. After all, doesn't that path require that one live in nature? How can I practice pagan spirituality when surrounded by concrete and asphalt?
I live in a small city of about 80,000 people with a metropolitan area population of over 275,000. Not quite farming country. While we do live on about an acre of forest in the city, we are still in the city, and I'm proud to be an urban pagan (see also). Remember that the word "pagan" came from the Late Latin word "paganus", a word that was used to define a "villager, rustic, civilian, or non-combatant". The noun use of adjective meant "of the country, of a village," from pagus "country people; province, rural district". Urban, the opposite word, comes from the Latin " urbanus " which literally meant "of a city". So once again, how can we be "of the country" when we are literally "of a city"?
Here are a few of the things that I do:
I would love to read how you address the seeming dilemma of being pagan in an urban setting. If all of you will send me your ideas, please use the contact form, then I'll compile them for a future blog post.
Oh, and thank you so much for reading and for sharing my blog with others. I appreciate you more than you know. It helps my spirit immeasurably to know that you, at least, are reading this and that I'm not just writing to myself.
I'm Dr. Dave, an eclectic shaman. I lived and worked in Bolivia and Peru for over six years, where I and was trained by Andean Shamans, and today practice eclectic shamanism.