Is it okay with you if I share my altar here? I hope that’s okay with you. u_u
I’m honestly not sure I’d call myself a pop culture pagan or anything like that (more on that later), but I DID put together a shrine to Aradia, as she’s had a huge impact on my life and is my favorite character in…well, anything. The altar actually started as a joke of sorts, the kind of thing I did out of boredom, but it actually gives me a great deal of comfort. *shrug* (Also, I got a bit artsy with it, ‘cause I’m an artist and I wanted it to look nice.)
Quick rundown of the altar’s contents and their significance:
A picture of her, of course.
A copy of Aradia, or the Gospel of Witches. A bit of a stretch, admittedly, but I could think of no better place to put it.
A lot of red things, since she’s so heavily associated with red, both through her blood and through her aspect.
A pair of Aries earrings.
A few pieces of electronic equipment (a USB cable and some batteries) to represent her time spent as a robot. Again, a stretch, but still.
Some old jewelry and stones (including jasper—the stone associated with Aries). The kind of things she’d find on a dig.
A necklace with a music note carved into it, representing the whole connection between music and Time. I hope to get a music box as well.
An hourglass to represent Time itself.
Finally, a lot of objects related to death and the afterlife. Since so much of her character and story revolves around death, resurrection, and mortality, I thought it would be fitting for it to be a large part of the altar.
Anyway…I’m honestly not sure where I’d personally fall? I’ve always felt a certain gravitation towards witchcraft and paganism, and it all seems to make a fair bit of sense to me, but I’m not sure how much of it I actually believe yet. Still doing some soul-searching there. And as for the pop culture aspect…I don’t view any of the Homestuck characters (or really any fictional characters) as actual entities per se? I mean, that’s just me personally. But for me, Aradia (and Damara, to a lesser extent) is a figurehead, a sort of symbol, a representation of what I want to be and what I hold dear. So…if you have any guidance I’d appreciate it! :) Thanks, and have a lovely day!
That’s a very cute altar! Don’t worry about the objects being a “stretch”— if they remind you of her and bring you comfort, then I think they are doing their job.
As for your last part, I’m not going to tell you want to identify as because thats something only you can decide for yourself. However, it is possible to be a pop culture pagan and believe in characters as symbols rather than divine or even entities. In some ways, thats kind of the theory I subscribe to as well.
You can also be into witchcraft (including PC witchcraft) without being a pagan, or a PC Pagan.
Also, there is no contract you have to sign. You can explore these things without ever “officically” labeling yourself, and you can decide to stop at any time you want. I would suggest exploring these ideas, seeing what draws you and practicing things that catch your idea. It seems like you are already having a positive response with your altar. 8D