There’s not much nature to connect with out in the middle of the ocean.
Victoria Crabtree, who is assigned to the USS George Washington as a petty officer second class in the Navy, was searching the internet while underway on the aircraft carrier about two years ago when she came across an article about Wicca, a form of paganism, the nature-based collection of faiths that celebrate deities, or gods and goddesses. Though she’d grown up Christian, Crabtree then identified as agnostic but was looking for something more. Paganism made sense to her, she said.
“Nature has energy and you can connect with it,” Crabtree said, adding that she tried hard to connect with the water while out at sea. The rest was left to her imagination.