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What are some of the pros and cons of living in NC and being pagan?

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Jessie - posted on 04/05/2010

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Katherine, I don't know how far away Morganton is from Shelby but there is a Pagan Church there....check out www.churchofwicca.org. Although it is listed as a Wiccan church there are people from all paths of paganism that attend the rituals and all Sabbat rituals are open to the public. My family and I attend on a semi-regular basis so maybe we'll see one another there:)

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Katherine - posted on 03/30/2010

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It's difficult to be pagan where I live. I'm in the buckle of the bible belt, so to speak (Burke County) and coming out of the broom closet is difficult if not impossible. I grew up in Asheville and moved with my fiance to Morganton when I was pregnant. All my friends and family in Asheville knew I was... different, but didn't want to accept that I wasn't christian. I don't have a "pagan community" around me so I don't really have an opportunity to learn the craft from anybody other than what I can study and practice on my own. I hope to raise my son in a pagan household but my family and my fiance's family wish otherwise. They even try to get me to go to church with them, and I feel very uncomfortable going against the grain when I'm under pressure. I don't go though. Pros? The mountains and forests here just make my spirits soar! I can go out back and sit at the creek and just listen to the sounds of the water, maybe burn a little incense (or not) and pray to the goddess that I may find peace in the middle of all this insanity and closemindedness. People are fine with me, all friendly and such, until they find out you're not christian. I wish there was a pagan church or something like that where I could find company among friends.

Volante - posted on 03/15/2010

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As the old saying goes.. don't discuss religion or politics with family lol!
ahh.. ^_^ I totally agree though..something's gotta give and it shouldn't be you. ;)

Brandy - posted on 03/11/2010

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I don't make religion a topic of discussion around my family (or most people, for that matter), but they do. They make it point to tell everyone about church activities, inviting the kids to functions, discussing their beliefs, etc. I love my family and don't want to cause an uproar, but somethings got to give.

Volante - posted on 03/11/2010

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I can understand how hard it is to go to pagan events with a large brood of kids! mine is only half of what yours is and i'm finding it a handful. Bless your heart, i don't know how you do it! lol!
Thankfully my family is pretty cool for the most part about my religious choice. I just make sure not to make it topic of discussion..as it does tend to cause a fight between my sister and myself lol!

OH! A con that i just remembered, you don't get the spectacular foliage here that you do up in NH. That is something i DEFINITELY miss! but i do like that i've got decideous trees all around my property, so i can get a hint of that glory in the fall.

Brandy - posted on 03/11/2010

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I absolutely adore living in NC. I am a native and couldn't imagine living anywhere else. The land is beautiful and most of the people here are friendly (until they find out you're not christian). I live near my family, which can be good and bad. I love them dearly, but they are fundamentalists, which makes it difficult to be pagan. I haven't exactly come out of the closet. I have had a hard time connecting with the pagan community at large, mostly because we have a lot of kids. Most pagans don't have a lot of kids and and events are not always family friendly. All in all it's a wonderful place to be!

Volante - posted on 03/11/2010

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i would have to say that i love the friendliness of most people. the pagan community is awesome! I love the area that we live in, the rural woodsie feel. that just makes my heart and soul sing!

Cons, well i'm a bit far from family, and it can be hard to find other like minded people or just open minded people that don't try to convert you or keep their kids away from yours when they find out you're not christian..but that could be anywhere..but really bad here.



i'm sure i can think of more..

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