Hi, I’m Aaron! I’m 21 years old and I like coffee and computers. I have a girlfriend named Marie and three birds named Atticus, Edison, and Rhys. I go to school for Technology Journalism and Computer Science, and I have way too many jobs because I love to work.
I was raised to be Roman Catholic but rebelled at a young age, living first as an Agnostic and then an Athiest for several years. I found that Atheism didn’t do much for me, contributing to my lifelong struggle of depression and anxiety, and decided to branch out. My goal was to find something I could connect with, a personal path that didn’t require I answer to any other human person besides myself (I hate being told what to do).
I finally found this respite in Paganism, a broad spectrum of spirituality that’s been around for thousands of years. Paganism makes spirituality fun.
Part of connecting to my spirituality is to embrace my flaws and to better myself in the fashion of gods or goddesses as ideal models. My church is a forest or a garden or any place a person could connect to nature, and I practice my religion by imparting kindness and compassion to my peers.
I personally follow two branches of Reconstructionist Paganism: Ásatrú, which is old Norse Paganism, and Kemetism, which is Egyptian Neo-Paganism. I get to pick and choose which gods and goddesses fit me personally, and doing research and reading on the practices of each pantheon is not only calming and comforting but is considered a form of worship.
I moved to Pittsburgh nearly three years ago and ever since I’ve wanted to explore everything it had to offer without the means to do so. Now, I’m trying to find my way both physically and spiritually through the world, so I figure I can hit both at the same time and tease out the very best from each spot I visit.
I hope you find my collection of writings on each local area both interesting and meaningful, and I invite you to do the same with every place you visit, too.
Til árs og frí ar!