This week, I got a similar email from another reader, so I wanted to revisit the topic. One thing that's important to keep in mind is that while thousands of us identify under the umbrella term of Pagan, or even the more specific category of Wicca, there are few universal hard and fast rules from one tradition to another. While one group might specifically be for vegetarians only, another might have no restrictions at all.
Each coven and tradition is responsible for setting up their own rules and mandates, as well as expectations for members to follow. We don't have a Pagan equivalent of the Kosher diet. That having been said, I have met some Wiccans who believe that eating meat violates the concept of Harm None, so they choose for that reason to become vegan or vegetarian. On the other hand, there are plenty of Pagans who do eat meat and even kill their own food, so it really just depends on the group you're looking at. It may well be just coincidence that the Pagans and Wiccan you (the original author) have talked to are vegan.
However, many people find that their diet does affect the way they practice. For me personally, on days in which I have a ritual planned, I typically eat a very light breakfast and lunch, consisting of veggies and fruit, and then I usually don't eat dinner until after the ceremony. I find that a not-full-of-meat-and-carbs stomach makes me more aware of my environment, and allows me to better work with the energy around me. There are also many people who do a detox cleanse or fasting prior to ritual, or during certain times of the year, or related to the moon phases. So, while the short answer is that no, there are no dietary mandates in Wicca, there's the long answer, which is that it may not be a bad idea to rethink your diet for the purpose of entering into a ritual setting.
What about the rest of you? Do you find that your food intake -- as in, how much and what kind -- has an effect on your workings or rituals?
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