A swirling vortex of inertia. That is what the community seems to be when it comes to younger pagans events in the local area here. Even at chat nights, often it seems the same people break into the same groups with no inclination toward welcoming new comers or under 30 set.
I have even observed multiple lap tops utilized in the midst of these gatherings, the owners more interested in cyberchat than the one in which they are allegedly taking part. They seem to have forgotten what it was like to be the new face in the place, shiny new Llewellyn book covers with the uncracked spines.
Factions form in cafe alcoves and a pall of that legendary siege mentality that denotes the Detroit area pagan permeates the air. No newbies need apply. " I have athames older than you, sonny " is the tone. Aging heads sneer down at tousled or moussed ones and the newcomer is dissuaded.
The few events that do take place seem to require either one be a child or an older 20 something. TeenWitch need not apply. Goth culture is tolerated with a smathering of barely concealed disdain in many circles. Or else patronized. If you do not want to study higher arts, your basic studies or lightwork preference while you find your path is dismissed into the land of Fluff and fluffernutter.
There is so much talk of self work, but no support system for the young pagan or witch, coming out or hiding in the broom, closet in high school. It seems to be forgotten that before you can use the tools, you have to know how to use them. That means the apprentice cannot be shunned by the teacher at every turn.
If your parents aren't spending money at one of the events, you are ignorable. Push the youngins to the fringe and wait until they can get car insurance and a room in their names for the festivals. Take your Hot Topic necklaces and begone, even though that is the only place they can get to for their jewelry. When Scott Cunningham found a sacred stone, the community said "wondrous". When the young pagan finds a sacred stone, the community says "oh, how cute....".
No resources for the skaterwitch. No Moon Parties. No Mojo picnics. No Healing Raves.
Well, I guess that's why they don't come out much, huh?
If I were them, I would look at our wondrous stones and tell us to
"Kick Rocks with no socks!"
".......talking bout my gen-er-ation....."
(p.s. if you are old enough to recognize the lyrics, you probably are old enought to remember that old snootyfaced witchs SUCKED when you were young!)
Remember what it was like to be young and free!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eKu5Pc6ybE