I have always been hard to pin. As a witch, I started out mostly studying Wicca, but I found that Wicca and most structured traditions don’t work well for me. I still employ some of the elements of more traditional rituals and I enjoy them when I am sharing in rituals with other witches. However, most of my magic is inspired in the moment and done on the fly as a solitary practitioner or with a partner or two. This is what works for me.
The Cultural Appropriation Land Mine
I used to wear Sarees pretty frequently to rituals and pagan gatherings, and that was probably okay because I wore them with respect and genuinely loved the comfort and grace of the clothing. I would get henna art from time to time, usually in the form of spiritual symbols that were meaningful to me. However, I never thought it would be fun to get traditional henna designs that actually MEAN something not appropriate for me and it never crossed my mind once that it would be cool to wear a bindi!
I used to want to live at a compound dedicated to Isis where a bunch of white women held rituals and read sacred texts, but I'm really, really uncomfortable and conflicted about that whole thing now. I have friends who worship and serve there and it is really important to them, but it's not for me,
It's important to evaluate, what is genuine and what is just playing cultural dress up. I'm not from India. It's not my culture, I may be blessed to work with Hindu deities but I am not Hindu. I don't wear sarees in public anymore. I wouldn't consider doing a puja for someone either. My goal is to be as respectful and sensitive as possible while walking my path.