new but interested in paganism
Danielle - posted on 05/01/2011
you dont have to lose God or your prior beliefs to study paganism; I am pagan, but let me say, not Wiccan. I do not practice the craft, but only abide by nature's balance. I have 3 basic rules in life: respect yourself, respect others, respect nature. I also was told once that 'if you want the people to work for you, you must work for the people first.' Meaning, my goals in life are not to go to Church every sunday, or memorize all the psalms, or go to confession hoping God can grant me penence; I live with God everyday in my life, but instead of doing those things, I give back to the earth by planting a flower, or recycling; i give to others by being caring, considerate, non-judgemental, and kind; i give to myself by eating healthy meals to fulfill my body, studying to open my mind, and trying to enjoy the small things in life so that i can be ultimately happy...there is nothing wrong with wanting to open your mind to something new. all religion is the same in the end anyway; its about wondering how you got here, and wondering where you will go when you are done. good luck.
Sabrina - posted on 04/07/2010
Like most in this country I was raised in a Christian home. However, the beliefs and teachings of the Christian faith never felt right for me. When I was a small child I told my mother I was a witch - and needless to say, she flipped! - As a teen and adult I began to study many forms of Religion, but my beliefs were always Pagan. It just felt like home. I am an Eclectic Pagan, so I don't have any one Pagan path which I cling to, rather I believe there is truth on all religious paths and pull beliefs from all of them.
If you are interested in Paganism, I would suggest starting with the basics. There are some great information filled websites out there which I would suggest you check out.
And soon I will be able to add my own site to that list. But until then, those are great! I tend to send all my "students" to those.
I also have a list of books you may want to check out (just PM me if you do)
And KEEP ASKING QUESTIONS!!!
Krista - posted on 05/13/2009
Hi, I turned away from being raised as a Roman Catholic when my mom tried to kill herself. I was only 12 or 13 yo. I thought how could this God I was raised with allow something like that to happen. Christianity just didn't make sense to me any more. I always knew there was more to life than what I was taught. I could feel spirits around me since I was small, even if then I didn't know what it was.
Also, I have a birth defect called Spina Bifida, I was taught if I just believed enough, was a good enough Christian that God would heal me. So growing up, before my mom tried to off herself, I tried to be the best Christian I could be, nothing changed. NO miraculous healing. Now I know better. Paganism and witch craft give you a more pro active role in your life. You make the changes, not some mysterious all knowing God.
Wendy - posted on 04/30/2009
sorry to hear of the loss of your stepdad. Paganism is such a broad term there are many aspects to it. What areas have you looked at and what grabbed your attention?? If you have any questions i'm more then happy to give you the best answers i can. xx
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