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when did you start on the pagan path, why, and which branch did you choose and why?

Heather - posted on 09/14/2009 ( 48 moms have responded )

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Also when could you consider yourself Pagan and then when for the path you are on?

Sorry I am just trying to get to know everyone and where they come from when it comes to this.

I am Heather and I don't know when to consider myself pagan or anything.. I have studied Wicca (Paganism) for 3-4 years.. Some with teachers and also some solitary. I was raised Episcopalian but always knew Christianity was not for me.. I could never get answers for questions I had.. I am married and have 2 little boys.. Husband is not really sure where he should be and my boys are still small and they are getting options when they are old enough to choose. I was doing Tarot but had my cards taken(thank you Dayton) so I need more.

I have been to a Pagan pride day around here trying to get to know others.. I met some military veterans like my husband and their wives like me..

When would you consider yourself Pagan? What about the other branches? Sorry some questions you just can't find in books.. What books and websites would you recommend to those still learning? Witchvox is a great site and I have books but I want to see if there is any I have missed that would be a great read.

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Jillian - posted on 09/11/2012

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I was born and raised Catholic, and started to practice Wicca when I was about 16. I followed Wicca for a while. but didn't find it was the right path for me either. Now I just consider myself pagan since my belief in diety is still there, as is my respect for nature. I just don't follow the Wiccan way of life and magic. I do what feel right to me. I'm 35 now and this way works for me.

Jody - posted on 05/29/2011

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For myself, I didn't so much start on the Pagan path, as much as realize that I was already on it. I knew that I was no longer a Christian several years ago, and I started searching for what I was. To this day, I don't have an exact label for what I believe, and so I'm an Eclectic Pagan ("Nine words the Eclectic Rede attest: Steal what works, fix what's broke, fake the rest" =P) but it was during my searching that I came to realize that what you call yourself is less important than what you believe - and that what you believe is less important than what you do.



The best definition for a Pagan I've found is one who practices and earth-centered religion and believes in the blessedness and interconnectedness of the universe. Any variations on that still fall under the Pagan heading; such a broad spectrum means that you may feel in the gray about what to call yourself, but that's okay - call yourself Pagan if its what YOU feel you are.



Some great books:

Paganism: An Introduction to Earth Centered Religions by Joyce and River Higginbotham

Witchcraft out of the Shadows: A Complete History by Leo Ruickbie

Book of Shadows by Migene González-Wippler



A great website for keeping up with current events is the Wild Hunt blog (http://wildhunt.org/blog/)

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Anne - posted on 02/05/2014

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I believe that I have always known that I was a Wiccan-- even before I knew what that meant.

I remember being a small child and recognizing the change of the seasons at their most basic levels, experiencing psychic intuition, being sensitive to my surroundings, loving nature and all of the beauty and simplicity that it brings---but perhaps the innocence of youth made all of that possible?

In my teens, I studied all of the world religions. I went to their holy places of worship, studied their traditions and objectively looked at the validity of them. It took me years of searching before I came back to the innocence of my youth and the simple pleasures that come from sitting back and watching the wonders--and consistency--that The Divine brings.

I do not believe that there is a test, ceremony or rite that can officially define one's faith. It comes when one takes ownership of their spiritual need. When one can accept and recognize the spiritual need of the soul to be sated by the things that cannot be seen, can one say that they have found The Divine.

Raven - posted on 09/22/2013

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Hi I"m Pagan, have been since I was little though I didn't realize it till later. I was raised Baptist, and as you say, knew that wasn't for me. I follow where God/dess leads me. I like CUUPs meetings (covenant of unitarian universalist pagans) I really like festivals in the woods, but mostly I get spiritual solace from long nights of meditation and being with the moon, throwing cards, burning candles etc. I would read Raymond Buckley, Adler is it Margot?, Starhawk, and like you're other responders Scott cunningham has a useful reference on everything. Honestly sometimes I commune with Ganesha, sometimes Brigit, the Kemetic pantheon is useful as is Asatru. The Celtic/Norse pathway can be very helpful if that is your heritage, and the ancestors are there just waiting to help us back. Greek stuff is weaved in our civilization, so that can be very useful too. Oh as you are a military family have you heard of Kerr Cuhulain with the Officers of Avalon. You can find him on Witchvox.

Heather - posted on 06/13/2013

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I consider myself Pagan in that I follow a polytheistic, nature based spirituality. I consider myself to be an eclectic Witch. I do not follow a structured Wiccan faith, more so that I have a generalized pantheon(Celtic) that I follow, but I do borrow various aspects of other paths and modify them as I see appropriate. I first discovered this way of being when I was nine years old and began my studies. I first called myself Pagan at about age thirteen.

WolfMoon - posted on 01/08/2013

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I do consider myself Pagan in terms of not being part of an Abrahamic faith, though I didn't start accepting/identifying myself as the term until this last year. I found Wicca when I was 10, dedicated myself after a year and a day, after discovering Gerina Dunwich and Scott Cunningham. After 5 years, my path evolved away from Wicca until I've at last found myself as a Kitchen, Hedge, and Moon Witch 18 years later (non-Wiccan, solitary, eclectic, heritage influenced). I don't belong to any particular tradition or path; mine is my own, as religion/faith is a personal journey. (hubby is a "slacker" Heathen)

Grew up in a mixed family of Protestants, Agnostics, and Atheists, lucky me, even I'd gone to church and to Bible school, it was never expected of me to be what my parents were; it never fit me. I never identified as a Christian. But those books opened doors and gateways for me, not to mention that "Witch" felt right. I'd say that I was a Pagan way before I learned the term and that Witches could be real people; Sister Moon and Hestia found me way before I discovered those books.

There are any books out there, some with great information, others not; I'd say to just broaden your horizons and read with discretion. Cross reference information, too. Just because an author may be disliked by many in the community doesn't mean that an important message can't be learned. Also what works for some, may not work for others; don't be afraid to experiment. ~)O(~

Brittany - posted on 12/20/2012

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My name is Brittany and I am 23 years old. I always find it weird to answer the "How long have you been Pagan" question. I was not raised to be any specific religion, but my grandmother would take me to church (Christian) with her a lot. She talked about taking my sister and me to other places of worship, to see what was right for us, but never got around to it. I haven't told her I was Pagan, because my ex's mom was Wiccan and my grams was convinced his mom only loved having me around because she needed virgin's blood to cast some horrid spells, you know, because that's what she had sermon a documentary.

I told my bf (at the time), and he told his mother. I was horrified that he had told her this, because I didn't want her feelings to be hurt! Apparently, she found this hilarious and started making "witchy" jokes whenever I came over. She had become like a second mother to me!

Anyway, my grams and gramps are too close-minded to tell my beliefs to, and can't be reasoned with. I've told my mother, and she thinks it's cool. My husband is fine with whatever, but his (strictly Christian) parents are very persistent on asking about my religious beliefs! Am I "against the church?!" Am I an atheist? So on and so on. If they ask me again when they come to visit, I suppose I will tell them, but I may refrain, so his family doesn't shun the kids.

Anyway, I have held "pagan" beliefs as a child and still do to this day, so I answer that I have always been Pagan, but only learned that it had a name a few years ago. My beliefs change as I grow, but my basic beliefs and principles stay the same :)

I have joined in on an open Pagan circle and joined in for a few CUUPs meetings, but they all leaned towards Wicca, which I am not. I'm not a polytheist, so it's very difficult trying to find other like-minded Pagans.

Cassandra - posted on 12/17/2012

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Hi there, my name is Cassandra. I, too, was raised Christian; Baptist on particular. As a child I was perhaps the most devout Christian you could have ever met. It was everything to me. Four years ago when I met my husband he introduced me to Norse Paganism (also know as Asatru), and I felt I had found a home. I was a religion major in college at the time and studying every religion I could get my hands on. For me, it was as though I found myself. At the time, my patron goddess was Freyja, though that has since changed. And I believe that each woman can find a patron within it. At least, I can always identify who it would be once I get to know someone. That isn't to say it is for everyone-clearly, it is not- but I can still find a goddess for every woman I meet. (there are plenty for the men, too, I'm just not as familiar with them!)

As for the reason I chose Asatru (which literally translates to "my beliefs," by the way) over any other? Perhaps it was the lack of rules (rule of three-what you do comes back to you threefold), or the understanding. The freedom is empowering in its own right. You do not ever bow down, nor subjugate yourself before them. They honor respect, discipline, and courage. When you're bowing and scraping there isn't a whole lot of self respect involved. And though it has only been four years, I have immersed myself into the world that there is little factual information I do not have or have access to. Of course, religions aren't all about facts, and the rest will simply take time, but I have the resources needed should I ever have questions, and that certainly helps. (that being said, if anyone else has questions, you are welcome to ask me!)

As far as books, anything by Silver Ravenwolf is a good read, and it isn't branch specific. If you need any information on stones Scott Cunningham's book is wonderful and highly recommended. Good luck, and I'd love to hear from you all!

Heidi - posted on 07/23/2012

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I was raised very much with a deep respect for nature, and really found the formalized Pagan path when I was 13. I am Druid with ADF, and my family generally participates in rituals with me.

Heather - posted on 07/23/2012

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My family has had it's roots in traditional Paganism since the Salem days. My ancestors fled from the hotspots and scattered across the US, thus disbanding and dispelling their activities. Generations later, the art was picked back up by my mother, who shared it and the heritage with her own daughters.

My paternal grandmother grew up in Indiana as the only daughter to a black witch. When my grandmother was being born into a traditional cult of women, a black veil was placed over her face by the coven midwife. The belief here was that if the baby was not 'seen' being born, then she wasn't born into the coven. She was 'given' to the coven. After her birth, my great grandmother left the coven and moved to the other side of the state to raise her child and get married to her child's father in solitary peace.

My oldest sister is a channeler. She works best with fire, twisting candle flames during our rituals and Quija (wee, ja..... NOT wee-jee) sessions. Seems that it draws the attention of our guests.

My second sister has always had an affinity for otherworldly communications. At times she would have 2 or 3 spirits actively following her around to communicate. She also works with ancient Egyptian energy and influences to do her own work.

My brother in law (second sister's husband) is a druid. He has this uncanny relationship with nature, and sees dragons. The dragon thing even sounded strange to me, but when he sits there and tells you about what they look like, and the way they move, it's almost impossible to believe that he doesn't see them.

My mother is a chaos magician. Empowered by Loki and with a keen sense of seeing what others cannot. She sees auras, and can get inside your head if you let her.

As for myself. I have a knack for pendulums, and crystals. I can load or unload crystal energies, so that they suit my needs, rather than the needs of the shop that sold them. I love working with the Quija board.

I have also noticed the beginning of some talent for my son. I have noticed his intentment with smoke, and then he'll put his hand up and begin weaving inside of it. He's a reader.

I tell you all of that to tell you this. I was raised Presbyterian. My mom thought that it would be best to let us follow the mainstream until we could make our own decisions. She didn't want us to come straight out of the gate criticizing others for their beliefs. She wanted us to understand the feeling so that we would not inflict it on anyone else. When I was about 12-13, I made the decision to quit going to church, and to disassociate myself from it as much as possible. It wasn't my calling. It wasn't my blood. I have felt both more powerful, and more at peace with Paganism than I ever fathomed with Christianity. Not that I have anything against Christianity, or the bible. I think that the Bible is a beautiful storybook full of tales told by the best bards in history.

You know your faith is not the faith for you the minute you start to question it. It's as simple as that. If you start to wonder about whether or not there is something out there better for you, there probably is. That doesn't always mean that you should jump into the hedonistic rituals of paganism. My family celebrates the sabbats, with Samhain being our biggest holiday. We dress in full garb, and light our cauldron (150yr old cast iron pot) for our ritual. It's a beautiful religion, but it does require more work than many others.

Mother - posted on 03/28/2012

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I see this thread has also gone stale. Let's try to revive this community.



My name is Kelly. I am an eclectic solitaire. I draw from many earth based belief systems, [Pagan, Native American] but I just sum myself up as Pagan so avoid having to EXPLAIN myself. I don't believe in GOD or GODS. I believe in spirits and fore fathers that guide us. I believe I was born this way because at a very young age my sister and I did some funky shit. We were raised christian but it never resonated with either of us. We found ourselves in a clearing in the bush that had 4 rocks around, what i think was probably a fire pit from past nomads. We cleaned the area up and dug up many treasures. At a very young age we could clearly see the envelope of an aura around the trees and plants.....sadly, I never did develop it to apply it to humans.



We tried to order a book from Gavin and Yvonne Frost but mom intercepted it. After my childhood I lost interest. We moved away from our magickal place and I "lost" my abilities. Strange things ALWAYS happened to me but I ignored it. I always smelled flowers when someone in my family passed. sometimes I could finish peoples complete sentences in my head. But even tho things like this happened I considered myself agnostic for many many years. Even tho my career choice was NATURAL HEALING...HERBS and HOMEOPATHY....I still denied it!!! Then, just before I knew I was pregnant, something happened. This way of life came back suddenly. I kept it hidden for sometime and I got a phone call from my sister telling me about she had re-embraced her Paganism. [never could hide anything from her] I never said ANYTHING to her about me doing the same because I didn't want her to think I was just copying her or trying to steal her thunder.



When my baby came things became very clear to me. I knew things I shouldn't [like my no good cheating spouse], spirits emerged, and a feeling of CALM came over me. That was some 15 years ago. I go thru spurts where I'll get into it but I never seem to have TIME to dedicate to just me. I love my family and my husband but I so LONG to be alone. I've done short and long and extravagant rituals.....I never knew if they worked. I never felt different or warm. I spoke at length about this to my mentoring Witch. I felt jilted. LOL Then something happened one day and I get VERY angry and POOF what I thought and felt happened before my very eyes. Scared the shit outta me. I called my mentoring witch. At 86 years old she said Ahhhhhhhhhhhh.....you are a point and poof!!! I said what the hell is that?? she said I am driven by my emotions and it is thru them I need to harness that energy to get results. I would love quality time or a coven of older witches to help me hone that or bridle it.......sounds like I have some pent up anger!!! LOL



So basically, I revere the earth as sacred. I live by the seasons. Karma rules me. I observe the wheel of the year and try to live a simple life.

Anarchy_queen69 - posted on 10/16/2011

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I was raised Christian in the Church of Christ but always believed in reincarnation and karma/darma. I have always had a strong connection with the moon, her cycles and the stars. I have studied astrology, divining and am writing my book of shadows that will be passed to my daughter when she's 15 (if she wants it). I have always been interested in the supernatural and lead my first seance when I was 7. I practiced automatic writing from the time I was young and it just kind of happened and really got interested in it in 7th grade, but wasn't allowed, taken to a shrink who attempted to put me on anti psychotics when I was 14 because of the medium abilities (I learned to keep my mouth shut) and practiced some forms of divining and medium since I was really young. Came out as not being a Christian but said Atheist because I hadn't been allowed to learn about anything other than Christianity until I was around 18 and out of my parents house. I didn't even know that there were people out there who weren't Christians until I was in 7th grade and met an atheist. Christianity never felt right, going to church never felt right and I never fit in no matter where I went. When I went to college the people I really started to fit in with were atheists, geeks, Pagans, Wiccans, and open minded Christians and I finally started to learn. I researched it and more or less, if I had to pick what path, Nocturnal. I'm a huge fan of Konstantinos and his writing and usually draw my energy from the moon. I named my daughter after the Roman moon goddess and she fits perfectly. Plus she was born 3 months early and it put her in the Pisces moon on the last day, last day of the Prius full moon and her numerology sign is 9 which fits perfectly with Pisces so I firmly believe she'll choose a similar path to what I am walking and what my husband is starting to take interest in. I usually call myself an agnostic Pagan. I believe in multiple gods but don't know who they are, I was raised to believe in 1 true religion but am trying to pull myself out of that last bit of brainwashing.

WolfMoon - posted on 10/11/2011

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Grew up in a Christian and Agnostic family, but I discovered Wicca when I was 11. I always felt that I was different, I preferred nature and animals to buildings and humans. I was drawn to Native Americans cultures and cauldrons and broomsticks and the paranormal than to 'normal' things that children are supposed to be interested in. Discovering Witchcraft felt natural, felt like I finally belonged.

During high school, I didn't consider myself as a Wiccan so much; as I matured and grew, Wicca didn't fit my beliefs. I was a Witch who followed a more Native American path, as I was exploring my Cherokee and Shawnee heritages.

Now, at 26, I consider myself to be a Witch Shaman. For me, Witchcraft and Shamanism go hand-in-hand. My husband is a Heathen, which is something that I'd helped him find and grow in; it's been really wonderful to be with someone who may not understand my path, but appreciates it. We both want to raise our children Pagan, but still allow them to choose what path they wish to walk later. Blessings.

Annette - posted on 08/30/2011

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I was 15 when I found out Paganism was an option. A friend of mine gave me a book after I showed interest in things she was talking about, and it was all "dive in" from there. I considered myself Wiccan for almost 10 years, but found that no specific organized religion really suited me 100%, so I have since come to reject labels for the most part, and embrace ideology and methods that work for me and leave it at that. I have found, unfortunately, that most "Pagan" groups I have seen or been a part of were not family oriented by my definition, and I have found that off putting. The best thing I can do as far as "labeling" goes is "Pagan-Buddhist-Universalist". I have also used "Panthe-Mystic" as a description as well. I do consider myself a Witch as I practice craft.
I most value raising an Earth-spiritualist family. That is the core of the values and the craft that comes from it, but I feel with children, that is the most appropriate focus for them and will help them have the most respectful and spiritual foundation.

Jae - posted on 08/05/2011

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I began studying all forms of paganism in 2008 when I was 24 although I had dabbled some when I was 13. Nether full on christianity or full on paganism ever felt full right to me yet both held aspects that did. It was a year later I learned more about Christo-Paganism which I have been practicing since 2009. Basically for me I practice majick, commune with nature and all that but instead of worshipping multiple gods I worship the christian God. However as a Christo-Pagan I also am fully supporting of all different pagan beliefs and do not judge my pagan friends. I myself have had to deal with horrible judgement because I will wear my cross with my pentacle. I know my beliefs differ from most pagans but I came to the conclusion that what a person believes is between them and their Maker. For me it is just a very personal thing but I am always willing to answer questions when asked and at the same time have taught my daughter to respect all religions and my ex and I have decided that she is not allowed to be baptized in any religion until she is old enough to make a fully educated and Informed decision and until then we will just teach her good morals and right and wrong.
Before I go a couple of quotes I heard from some friends I thought I would share.
"Morality has nothing to do with Religion"
"Freedom of Religion means ANY religion"

Precious - posted on 08/05/2011

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I am Janet I am 25 I was raise xtian at 13 I told my mom I wasn't going back to church and didn't get much of a fight from her. At 14 I started researching different religions and learning all I could from them. I did the home visits with the Jehovas Witnesses and the Latter Day Saints, I also did a lot of reading on the Jewish religion, the Muslim religion, and Catholic religion. I've been learning about different faiths for 10 years now, I found that many of them hold the same basic beliefs. I am still learning but so far I consider myself to be an eclectic pagan. I take what feels right from what I learn and I reject what doesn't feel right for me.

Leanne - posted on 07/29/2011

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i was raised presbyterian, confirmed at age 11. i remember making up songs and singing to the gods and goddesses at a very early age, i would read anything i could regarding mythology, witches, ancient historical traditions, etc. i used to attend different churches with friends and family members and had a lot of questions, including why it was that all these churches were christian and read from the same book, yet had different interpretations of the same passages and felt the need to insist that THEIR beliefs were right.none of it felt right, but 'talking' with Mother Nature seemed perfectly reasonable and normal. i picked up my first real texts regarding Wicca/Paganism, astrology, folklore , tarot etc at 21, joined a Protean/Gardenarian coven at 23 when i went to college, achieved second degree with that path before the coven dissolved in early 2000, and i've been practicing occasionally either solitary or with a friend or few/reading a lot since...so twenty years, give or take. the last few years i have been leaning more towards Paganism and researching the different paths that are available that aren't Wiccan, as i continually evaluate and consider my connection to Divinity and how it/they express itself/themselves to me. lately, i've been reading more about Celtic Reconstructist Paganism, and am hoping to get to a celebration or circle soon so i can check out the practice and methods really first hand. otherwise, i'm doing a lot of blending lol...and i do intend on raising my son pagan, though he will, as he gets older, have the freedom and support to explore whatever spiritual path/paths he feels drawn to.

i always recommend "Drawing Down the Moon" by Margot Adler. it's a wonderful take on the history of modern paganism and wicca, and features chapters on a variety of traditions and paths. Starhawk's first book, "Spiral Dance" offers history, exercises and some Wiccan basics. Janet and Stewart Ferrar wrote "The Witches Bible", which is a Wiccan primer, as well as authoured two texts dealing with Deity-"The Witches' Goddess" and "The Witches' God." There are many more great books, and many not so awesome ones...additionally, Witchesvox is great. i also like the Covenant of the Goddess stie (cog.org) and the Circle Sanctuary site (circlesanctuary.org). Circle publishes a magazine quarterly i think with wonderful articles, ads, news, and other information. if Starhawk's work appeals to you spiritually, check out the Reclaiming site (www.reclaiming.org)...additionally, you can do a search of your local area to see if there are any operating covens or open pagan celebrations. you can look on Meetup.com, for example for groups.

hope this helps. enjoy the journey and embrace the experience. may you have bright blessings along the way.

merry meet!

leanne

Jessica - posted on 06/20/2011

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I am a wiccan, age 22. Mother of two beautiful boys. I bring in the day and night on my altar (usually just incense to help me focus my thanks). My pantheon is kinda... odd I think. Greek roman and Celtic mixed. I believe intention is the most basic form of magik... so... when something is too obvious for such young ones to see, I do it in a way less obvious. I celebrate the different turns of the wheel and am a solitary because of the fact that I was taught how the covens USED to be... and because of this I can't stand the politics and power struggles I have heard of in modern covens. I have been formally raised from maiden to mother (which is different from being a mother in this sense... and while I have had children for 16 months... I was only elevated 4 months ago)... so yeah. Ummm... I don't have any web site recommendations since I tend to stay away from those... but I know some good book. I forget my favorite authors first name though... and it is two o'clock in the morning... ravenwolf... I believe is her name... (I also have memory problems)? A good read for general beliefs and practices involving wicca is "wiccan beliefs and practices" by Gary Cantrell (this one was within reach to copy what was on the cover). Pretty broad and letting you know "more than one way"... so... night. blessed be.



ps: (edited) oh yeah... the original "when" question.... ummm... a long time ago in a very complicated past I am not sure u would understand... but I was younger than usually accepted and was only facilitated after careful deliberation on my mothers part and was not taught the magik part until MUCH later. herbs, teas, remedies... and ethics... but the concession was made with regards that I learn that part later. Magik is the least important part when compared to the rest... though someone else is free to disagree.

Nicole - posted on 06/07/2011

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Hello everyone,

My name is Nicole and I am new to this community. I am 28, married, and have 2 beautiful children. With that out of the way I will answer the topic question :D I was raised by non-practicing Christian's (like Mrs. B) but I had the pressure of the bible belt at my back in school. I tried my hand at many different protestant denominations before I figured out at the age of 14 that this just wasn't right for me. I spent 4 years researching my path from Catholicism to Satanism and everywhere in between. I thought Wicca was for me, but as much as the staples of it work for me and my view, I do not practice witchcraft. I am earthy, I set my alter at the Sabbats and recognize them faithfully, I recognize all the goddesses and gods ( I tend to lean toward the Norse and Egyptian pantheon ), but instead of spells I pray. Which a lot of people will argue that it is the same but its not. I still have a lot to learn about this path and I too have a hard time at finding direction sometimes.

I do hope that with recent tragedy in my family that I can regain my luster for the faith, as I have been struggling with idea that the gods are not hearing my prayers for a few years now. Nothing worse than feeling lost and wandering with no path to choose.

I considered myself Pagan at the age of 14 when I realized that monotheism wasn't right for me. Another misconception is that all Pagans are Witch's, which is not the truth at all. Pagans are any religion, idea, or concept that there is more than 1 god/goddess. So I consider myself plainly Pagan.

I only have 1 book suggestion because I am sure you have read all the other generics as I have. A Book of Pagan Prayer by, Ceisiwr Serith. Its the only book I have found that shows you how to pray to the gods, and gives you prayers and outlines to help with your own. I hope you find what you are looking for!

Kris - posted on 06/02/2011

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My parents were non-practicing Protestants when I was growing up. I didn't even know what a Pagan or a Wiccan was until I was in my mid-20's (before the use of the internet, lol!). I was always a very nature/animal/plant oriented kid, though. When I was 8 I became obsessed with the mythology sections of the encyclopedias - I had notebooks full of gods and goddesses.

I was happily surprised, when we moved cross country to find myself living right across the street from a metaphysical store. I ended up taking a Wicca 101 class and realized there was a religion that felt tailor-made for me!

I do not consider myself (and haven't for many years) a Wiccan, but think of myself as a domestic witch/Pagan.

As for books to read, I'd suggest any of the encyclopedia books by Judika Illes for some great resource material.

Websites I'd recommend: www.witchschool.com - way more than just classes! It's a nice community.

ecauldron.com has A Pagan Primer with a *lot* of info: http://www.ecauldron.net/newpagan.php

And you can visit me on my blog if you'd like =)
http://www.confessionsofapagansoccermom....

Jody - posted on 06/02/2011

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Late addition to my previous post - I am in the middle of reading a book called "Green Witch: Folk Magic, Fairy Lore & Herb Craft" by Ann Moura. I haven't finished it yet, so I can't vouch for the whole thing, but I can say the first 4 chapters are interesting and useful! I like the author's perspective and methods, she's a third generation Witch and she includes a lot of her own experiences; I especially enjoy reading about her experiences from her childhood.

Deanna - posted on 05/26/2011

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Hello everyone! My name is Deanna and I have been pagan since I was 3. I know hard to believe right? But my grams thought it was important for me to know that I came from a long line of Celtic Heritage witches. While my parents disagreed (especially her son, my dad) she still taught me until she passed over. Now me on the other hand have taught my children they are free to chose and of course only my 17 year old has done so after teying different Christian faiths. I think it is important for everyone to realize what spirituality means to them and in what faith is most important to their needs.

Ashley - posted on 05/17/2011

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I have held dear the Pagan ideals my entire life, but was raised in a Baptist church. I left the church I was raised in because I felt like I didn't "fit in" anywhere. I then became "agnostic", because I assumed I didn't fit in anywhere. I was 20 when I met my fiance and after opening up to him about what I believed, he said "So you're Pagan." (he was raised Pagan) Of course, having the negative view opposed upon me regarding what Pagan meant, I said "No, of course not." and that was the last he said to me about it at that point. The notion continously pulled at me until I decided to do some research myself. At that point, I realized that I was Pagan and had naturally developed the ideals of such. Since opening up, I discovered that my past lineage practiced the craft and my Grandmother put her kids in church to try and "bleed it out".

I currenlty follow the Druid Pantheon but am open to other paths, as I too, agree that all beliefs can be traced to the same origin.

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hi i am kimberly i am so happy i have found a site that fits me better. i have been studying for about 4 years now. i mostly do taro cards. i love my deck, me my sister and my brother all do taro cards. i have been in groups and on my own for awhile. i am more the naturalist. learning to balance my self, natural herbs, circles, i really have had very little practice with holidays. i would love to keep learning but its very hard since my husband absalutly hates it, so i dont really do much except when he is gone. my son who is 8 months old, i love to him,i have him him play in dirt play in the bath tubs to just get him enjoying all different things really trying to show my husband he too can enjoy the things i do.

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Hi everyone im ashley im 19 and i was raised up baptist and i went to church, bible school and attened church in a youth group,and i was homeschool and the program was lighthouse christian acdmy and and i was in that since the fourth grade until a year ago. I was always wondering what else was out there. and when my great grandmother died we were going though her things and i stumbled on to a book Called Earth ,Air Fire and Water, my mom thought that it was a science book so she let me keep it and i got one her her jacket which i have the jacket at lease today. anyway im rumbling but i put it in the closet cause i was really close to her and i was upset for month even to years but one day i was cleaning my room and i found it under a box and i picked it up and started reading it and i found it really instressing i think that i read the whole book that night i was just so amazed that what the book was telling me. When i was talking to my sister about the book my mom over heard us and well she took it from me she was going to throw it away but my anut said that she would take it and i still havent see the book until this day. But years go by and i was resreaching all the pagan and wicca stuff online and copied most of it down in notebooks that i would hide and then day i was in a chat room and i was telling people to add me cause i had no friends other than my christian friend and most of them were family and Hubby the love of my life, we started telling alittle bit about each other and the question came up about religion and he said that it was different from mine and well we meet fell in love had a beautiful baby girl but i still dont consider myself pagan but i read the books that he and his family has and we even started a clss for our little family and well i have alot of question and my daughter is 10 months and we celeabarte pagan hoildays and i just need some help and some guidess so when my daughter has question or when she starts wanting to know i want to have anwsers for her so if there is anyone that can help me plse add me or message me thanks and blessed be

Michelle - posted on 07/07/2010

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I have been Wicca since my Wiccaning in 2005 I met my priestess in college. I involve my family in holidays at "mamma's"
and we follow a pretty strict harm none routine. I teach my children about many religions as they are still not ready to decide a path of that nature. I study, practice, live and breathe wicca. I have no particular goddess, i do whatever works for what spell im working, or what results I need in my life situations. I have a strong affinity towards water and am trying to strengthen my water magik.. I burn candles of different colors at all times, i play in the dirt frequently and am currently working on a vast herb garden for medicinal and magickal purposes.... I do not always get to every holiday, and I do have a small altar in my home. I am currently getting my sewing room put together so I can get everything set up in it. My sisters, mama, and I run a business from her home called Sew Mote It Be we use treadles to put together cloaks, kilts and other period clothing, candle making, jewelry making, and other such witchy crafts for fun and maybe some profit.....

Zoe - posted on 07/01/2010

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Hey i have just started studying wicca and i am looking forward to learning all about it

Shirley - posted on 06/07/2010

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Um, birth? LOL. I'm one of those rare souls that was actually raised in a Pagan family(versus those who came from other religions). I am now Wiccan but as a child I was raised in what might be deemed 'Scottish Witchcraft'. My family(my grandmother was our High Priestess) always referred to themselves as Scottish Witches. My youngest children are now 17 and 15 and have been raised in 'our faith' as well.

Amy - posted on 04/24/2010

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I have been pagan for eight years and before that i was strict christian. I had complete issues with my parents religion. I started exploring other religions i searched just about every religion hoping to find something that i understood and could believe in and pagan was it. I, sadly, can not read cards but i am a empath. On hand, in my house, we have, Cunningham's encyclopedia of magical herbs,The witches almanac, The Green witches Grimmore. We also keep over a hundred different herbs. my son knows but he doesn't quite understand what mommy does when she burns the funny smelling stuff (sage) He knows pepperment will wake you up and lavender puts you to sleep and every holiday by the pagan sabbat names not the common names like for instance he knows halloween as samhain and he know mommy burns myrh after we dress up but yes i still take him trick or treating so its really all you want to share with them. I hope i was any help to you at all.
Ps i think ever witch should have the grimore and a witches almanac

Melanie Anne - posted on 04/08/2010

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Hiya, my name is Melanie ive been a pagan for about 9 years now, i stumbled upon it in a just 17 magazine, and my sister was friends with a wiccan witch so i started talking to her about it, and got some books on the subject and the rest is history. At the moment i'm a wiccan but are reseaching other branches of the pagan faith, i do tarot and runes but find runes a but diffcult. I chosse the wiccan path because it seems like most books are about the wiccan path and cant find many books on other branches of the pagan faith.
A really good website that i regually use and is for all branches of the pagan faith is www.pagan-network.org, and click on the forums :) x

Katy - posted on 03/24/2010

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My name is Katy I have been pagan since before I was 15 I am 26 now. I started with wicca because that was all I could find information on now I am more eclectic with asatru (norse) practices that I have learned from my husband. I have connected with Freya I hope you do well on your path.

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Hello, I'm Kristen! My parents were not religious when i was little but my siblings and I went to a church around the corner from our house and I also went to some churches with some friends when i got older as well... I never had a connection with the christian church. I mostly went to hang out with friends nothing else interested me. i just never felt at home there. When I was 17 I meet my best friend who goes by Kittie and she is a pagan. We talked some about it mostly her telling me things and she also did tarot. then just over 4 years ago I went to visit my uncle. He was living at a place called Ozark Avalon Wiccan Church. I didn't know anything about it when i first went there. I started talking with my dad and Uncle after i had visited and OA is this very wonderful place with beautiful land. It was a month or so after that that my friend and I went out to OA for a ritual. It was a full moon one and my very first one. I was so nervous about going to ritual. I remember feeling nervous all the way up to the point in which they smugged you before entering the circle. After I got in there Everything felt RIght. I knew after that ritual that i was finally where i was ment to be.
Over there years i've learned lots of things. There is still o so much to learn. I started thinking about things and over the years i've always seemed to have one or more friends that are pagan but didn't ever realize it and one my mom's friends is wiccan which i had an interest in wiccan way before i ever went to ritual because i remember asking my mom's friend about it. I always had a connection... Well after talking to my dad and uncle i find out that paganism has been apart of my family for a long time. By what i was told when my Uncle (he's the oldest) was young he remembered my grandma making different things for different purposes.. My grandparents was involved in the cathalic church. but there was a coven within the church and i guess my grandmother would have a "woman's night" where they made these different things... And the priest knew about it but it was never spoken of... I found all this interesting because i didn't know any of it until these past 4 years. My grandmother passed from here when my dad was only 12 so i never meet her but I do share a birthday with her and feel a very strong connection with her.
I don't have a specific path other than just paganism that I fallow... There is so much to learn and i am just on my own free open path. My boyfriend however is druid and was raised druid.
I have two boys and a new little girl.. My oldest who is 7 has been exposed the most where my youngest son was littler when we was actively going to rituals where he had no means of understanding. I let my children choose freely what they want to do but i keep their minds open and i don't want them to loose that. My oldest is a very prospective child. He is very open and he has interacted with spirits before and still can... I think one of the most amazing things was when we took his dad to his dad's grandfather's grave... The kids and I are all sitting in the car while his dad is visiting the grave sight. its dark out so we can't see anything really... Next thing my son is telling me how he sees someone. so i start asking him questions and he tells me its his daddy when he was young with his great grandpa and that they are dancing around and having fun. I ask him to tell me what the guy looks like. So he describes this man and what he is wearing. I have never seen a picture of my son's great grandfather so when his dad gets back into the car i tell him what our son had said and i described to him the person the same way that my son did. My son's dad then tells me that the type clothes and way he said the guy looked was the type clothes that his grandfather wear when he was a boy and that his grandfather used to spin him around when he was little too which to my son would be dancing. I thought that was the most amazing thing that he got to have that experience with his family that has passed...

Well i think i made this way longer than i was planning... I am not sure on all the books names i've read some but can't think of names and i've not really done anything online... Oh I also do tarot... My dad gifted me my set and they are wonderful. I am still learning the basic meanings of all the cards but i get alot more from reading from my book that came with it and pulling what i feel the strongest of that card fits for that reading. Anyways I better call it a night... Blessed Be Everyone! :)

Laura - posted on 02/10/2010

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I have been doing the same thing. I hasve a friend who is a third degree high priestess, who helps me, I knew the same thing. I still take my kids to presbyterian church, but i still wear my pentacle, I love the Gods, the moon the sun, the love, I believe in so much of the teachings, I ha e alot of books you might be interested in. It gives the history, which you probably know, different views, and it is also what parts you want to take from it.. I self dedicated myself. I wont initiate, I want to be with my friends group as I like working with a group, as oppossed to solitary, esp on certain rituals. I like to share those times and holidays with someone that understands though they are not much different then some of the others, different reason :), catch my email lfiala61@gmail.com, and i will give you some book names

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Wow! These stories are so amazing to me in the similarities that they possess. I starting looking into Paganism when I was about 11.I had kind of reached a point where I was fed up being told that either my questions were questioning God or to pray on them. I was raised Baptist, my godfather was my pastor but I was tired of getting no answers and being told I was wrong for being inquisitive, which as I saw it, was the way God made me. I got interested in Paganism after watching the movie "The Craft".I fell in love with their threefold law.

It has been 14 going on 15 years now and I quickly learned the difference between the movie and the real Craft. The more I learned, the more I loved. I am Wiccan but open to other Trads. I considered myself to be Wiccan when I accepted the Craft and its practices into my life. I learned from books mostly. I read books by Silver RavenWolf, Raymond Buckland, and Scott Cunningham, mostly. When I started college I started a religious club for Paganism which educated me on many other Trads. I found that many pagan college clubs have meetings that are open to non-students as well. You might want to try finding a college in your area that might have a Pagan club and contacting them. I would love to share whatever knowledge I have with you and anyone else, and to learn from you all as well.

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I've kind of always considered myself to be Pagan, as my mother was as well. She gave me the option of choosing my own religion, and after much researching, searching, and a few attempts at other religions, I knew where I belonged. I was probably 15 or so. About 5 years ago, I decided on the Druidic path, as it felt the most right to me, and I was the most comfortable with it. My fiance practices Asatru and I have embraced that as well.

Dyane - posted on 01/16/2010

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Well, I was raised Southern Baptist, although until I was in middle school we weren't really regular church-goers. I always felt outside the loop as far as my beliefs went; I believed in things my parents didn't or thought were evil, so I had a lot of guilt & a lot of fear. I stayed in the church through my first (teen) marriage, and started having doubts when it ended & people kept trying to convince me to contact my abusive ex, apologize & try to make it work out.

I started checking books out of the library when I was 20 & then I read "Drawing Down the Moon," and it changed my life. It gave me a definition to what I believed. I started calling myself a Pagan when I was 21 or so & have been since then (I'm almost 44 now). I have belonged to circle, covens, groves and what have you, right now, my friends & I have an informal circle that meets to mark the sabbats. I think that once you know that's the path you want to walk, you know you're Pagan.

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I was 23. It was actually my 23rd birthday, Yule 2005 that I chose to follow the Pagan path. I chose Wicca, because that is what spoke to me the most. I had investigated quite a bit beforehand, so I was able to make an educated decision.

My husband accepts this choice I have made, but does not make the same choice. I am lucky to know he understands and accepts the choice I made. My daughter chose Christianity, and we support her in that. In my opinion, my son is too young to choose at only 5.



My whole family knows now, mainly thanks to MySpace. My mother never knew before she passed, at least not to my knowledge. I am here to answer any questions you may have, and am on WitchVox too.

Dee - posted on 12/26/2009

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I am really not good at the whole "biography" thing, but I did write one for our website when we started teaching classes locally and our metaphysical shop was open (we closed our storefront in December 2008, but still do classes and have regular customers via our website). Here is the more "spiritual path" version.

I was raised Catholic. Made my first holy communion, but was never confirmed. I have been interested in metaphysical/new age philosophy for many years. I believe that Catholocism in our area of the country (Southwest Hispanic Culture) nurtures those beliefs (ie Curanderas (healers), Brujas (witches) and folk lore). My husband and I continued attending the local Catholic services at the Air Force base here at Holloman AFB until our boys made their first holy communion at 8 years old. Just prior to their 8th birthday, I was spending quite a bit of time on the internet/library researching Paganism and Wicca in particular. It just seemed like the right path for me at the time. I was solitary for about 6 years and it is quite difficult when working on your own with only books and long distance teachers for assistance. Around the beginning of 2003, I decided to check out some of our local Pagan Yahoo groups and created one of my own, Alamogordo Area Pagans. I spent quite a bit of time attending socials, coffees and gatherings, but there didn't seem to be much in way of learning or spirituality. In August of 2004, a wonderful Air Force doctor was stationed at Holloman AFB. He started the Holloman Circle and my son Brandon and I began attending the classes and study groups offered each week. This opened a whole new world of group ritual work, meditation and different paths of learning. When James left in 2006, my husband and I began to lead and teach through the Holloman Circle and the group that was active "downtown" called Silver Moon Circle. Primarily, the majority of the individuals in our group were Wiccan, so that was the path that was most often taught. We did have people following other paths such as Heathenism, Druidism, Egyptian and Shamanism paths and they offered to help us learn more about their particular path by offering to help with the weekly classes we taught. Over the last six years, my path has grown and developed and while my core beliefs are still Wiccan, I tend to practice many different rituals and observances that most definitely mark me as Eclectic. So, I am happy to call myself a UU Pagan as we attend our local UU Fellowship which is the only "organized" religion that I know of that accepts nature based paths. It is also helpful for those that are transitioning from "church" to their own personal path. We believe in the 7 UU Principles and are very active in our local community with social issues and equality for all. If you are interested in your Local Unitarian Universalist fellowship, please visit www.uua.org It's the best thing we ever did for our family and spirituality. (sorry, i'm not a proselytizer, but it's a GREAT organization, especially for those that are feeling left out or searching for something for their family as well as their own spiritual path). Well, enough about silly old me, if you're interested in knowing more or have questions about rituals, the craft or general questions about spirituality, please feel free to visit our website www.mystic-wonders.com :-)
Blessings,
~Dee~
http://www.mystic-wonders.com/rickdeepro...

Stephanie - posted on 11/09/2009

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i hvae been studying Wicca for a couple of years now and i became interested in it because to me Christianity is full of hippocracy. i have nothing against them because my family is christian but the way some of them are about the "issue" of homosexuality really bothers me. there has been a bloody history of intolerance and predjudice and Wicca seems very different then that to me. i don't have to worry about my beliefs being different. to me polytheistic religions are very adaptable and it's not just one set of beliefs or you're sent to the fire. i try to hold solitary circles but it gets lonely beeing the only one in my family...my mom threw out my tarot card and my dad threw a fit when he saw my books on wicca and the occult. i wish i was accepted intead of being treated like i'm wrong.

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I discovered paganism by accident around 15 years ago - I picked up a random book from the library about different God/desses for different aspects of nature and it just felt right. I am an eclectic pagan - I take in the information, keep what I like and spit out the rest :) I never really questioned why - just went with what felt right for me which is all I think anyone can do.

Kelli - posted on 10/02/2009

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A part of me always was. I am 1/16 Cherokee, my generation is the first that it doesn't show in the skin and hair. However, my house was decorated with Native decor and I was always more attached to that side and cosmology even though we went to Christian church and my family is Christian. I figured I was on my own till I was 17 and found pagans through a report on the Salem Witch Trials. I had been interested in more occult/metaphysical topics since I was a kid as well and read about them in a book, but my serious exploration didn't start until I was an adult. In fact, at 17 when I weirded my mom out with my research, I agreed to hold anything off until I was no longer under her roof. Now days I have my own blend and no title/lable. I am me and I relate to diety in my way.

Josephine - posted on 09/30/2009

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I was not raised in any church. My parents were religious, but not in a severe outward manner, so we didn't do church. I went to vacation bible school every summer because my 'adoptive' grandmother was a teacher and groundskeeper at a non-dom church and I loved getting to spend the week with her. I got to make the murals they used during the week and help with the cleanup. I was indifferent about the services themselves. When I turned 16, my close friends discovered that I did not own a bible, so I got 2 for my birthday. Interestingly enough, one got me a NIV and the other got me a KJV. I read them some, but was still indifferent about it. I saw them as good tools for learning.

All through high school I was known for the interesting 'parlor tricks' that I did. I would read people's palms while on the bus on band trips, and do fortune telling with a deck of cards at lunchtime. I had obnoxious dreams about basic every day things (which often led to even more obnoxious bouts of deja vu) and could tell people things about themselves that I shouldn't have known. At times people even joked that they thought I could control aspects of the weather. They seemed convinced that I could call winds, and found it odd that I knew when lightning was going to strike. I found this all silly, and never looked at it from a religious point of view. Then, in October of my senior year of high school, my life changed. I met someone with whom I fell deeply in love with, and felt that my soul would be crushed. He was my best friend immediately, and we were inseparable, but the one sided love eventually made me miserable. In an attempt to lighten my heart, I agreed to attend church with another friend who had been trying to get me to go with her. I threw myself into the pursuit with everything I could. I went to church every weekend, I did the fundraisers, I did the trips. I even went to summer camp with them at the end of my senior year. I still kept regular contact with my best friend. We talked about religion all the time. He had some fantastic and whimsical view points, most of which I agreed with - which made me feel guilty when I sat in church and thought about them. Over time, things got worse rather than better, and I came to terms with the fact that religion should never be used as a means to escape something. In about this same time, I confronted my best friend about his feelings and how he should be honest with himself. Which made me decide that it was about time that I was the same.

All along, I knew what I believed in my heart. Which led me to acknowledge my true path, rather than shying away from it. I was about 19 at the time (and in some odd twist of fate, it was about 2 months after I was baptized at the church - I believe that the lack of emotion I had to the baptism was the final indicator to me) when I finally chose to identify myself as a true pagan and know my calling by its proper name. I went back to reading runes, auras, and cards, and my soul felt lighter.

When I met the man I married, we were allegedly of the same 'religion' (which is what brought us together), though I have had my doubts. Once, someone questioned my beliefs to him, and he told them that he thought I was Wiccan - which really offended me (because it showed how little he respected my beliefs and how well he paid attention). When my daughter was born and I wanted to have a baby naming ceremony for her, he rolled his eyes at me, so it didn't happen. Same for the house blessing when we bought our home. As sad as it makes me, I do not even discuss things of the sort with him anymore. I meditate and have a personal relationship with my household gods, which I call by chosen names with a significant meaning between myself and them. We are the only ones that matter. I observe the holidays and significant dates silently and inwardly. I don't have an 'altar' and never found it necessary to have one. The earth is sacred and my center of being is my heart, so I don't see a need for some stones and candles on a table. This gives me the freedom to use what 'abilities' I may have where ever I may be with no restrictions.

Oh, for those curious - If you asked me today what religion I was, I would answer proudly. I am a druid.

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I first discovered Wicca when I was around 10 or 11, and I began studying compulsively over the internet. The only occult bookstore in my city is restricted to 18 and older, so unfortunately my methods of research were limited. HOWEVER! I learned a lot about the religion and about myself, and I'd say that I've considered myself pagan ever since then.

I was raised in a Protestant home, but religion was not a big part of our lives so I didn't feel very much pressure to conform. I was an actively practicing witch (spells, Sabbats, tarot cards, all the works) for several years, until I was about 16 and I went through something like an emotional rebellion. I moved out and got involved with drugs and crime and things, I didn't really pay much attention to religion or anything else. Now I'm 20 and I've gotten my life back on track, and in the last year or so I've been getting back in to my religion. My husband is very Christian so I do not practice witchcraft in my home, but I still revere and respect nature and maintain a strong belief in the forces of this world.

Oh.. and I don't really follow any particular tradition. I think that all the Gods and all the Goddesses are the same, there is just different names for them in different parts of the world. For me it is easier just to refer to them as the God and Goddess.

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Raised Catholic, the old fashion way, I have always new I was different. Even in high school my favorite books were the encyclopedia of the "Unexplained". Later in life, I did give my faith a try, but was turned down by the local priest (oh yes, some are in this only for the money and the glory, not to save souls), so after a long talk with Mom, who is a Tarot reader (My Dad never liked that either), she said go ahead, and enjoy what will make me feel good and help me be at peace with myself and the world. I did turn to Wicca and since and there are no one around to teach me, I read a lot of books and began practicing and did things that felt good. That it pretty much it.

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thank you ladies.. Like I said I was raised Episcopalian and I was confirmed and went as far as camps trying to feel what I was suppose to.. I never did. Thank you for your input.. How long was it before you all considered yourself Pagan and then Wiccan?

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Raised Catholic, studied the Bible, went to church on Sundays, sang in the choir, even attended a Catholic high school... I'd always felt a close bond to the Virgin Mary, and the thought of worshiping a distant Father never sat well with me. That said, my "forays into the occult" began with, ironically, a trip to the Salem Witch Museum. Which is about mass hysteria and religious fervor, and not "real" witches. My reborn Christian aunt had been concerned about me, and, conversely, while trying to think of ways to calm her fears, I started reading up on what witches are and are not. I'd been interested in tales of the druids and ancient civilizations which worshiped gods and goddesses, but then I came across an article about Wicca written for a magazine. The description intrigued me, because it reminded me a lot of Diane Duane's "So You Want to Be a Wizard?" novel. Specifically, The Wizard's Oath, which promises to harm none through the use of wizardry and to respect life. This came at a time when my faith was strong, and it was no more than an interesting read.

About two years down the line, I was growing frustrated with the Church. See, I'd always been full of questions for the priests, and later, for my philosophy professor. I believed that the Bible was open to interpretation. However, they didn't see it that way at all. I was told that I couldn't possibly understand these things because I was a young girl, patted my head, and said to leave it to the religious scholars and great philosophers. Or to pray on the matter further, and I'd receive my answer. So, I pretty much dived headfirst into learning as much as I could about world religions, including Wicca. I'd been stunned to learn that it was a legally recognized religion in Massachusetts, and that witches lived in modern-day Salem. Things progressed naturally from there. I've never belonged to a coven, although I have many pagan friends. If I had to define myself, it would be as an eclectic Wiccan.

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Hi Heather, I love your post as i have found myself in a similar situation recently. I was raised Christian (Church of England). I became aware of the existence of Wicca when i was 14 and decided that was my path at 19. However, I have never performed a ritual, though I mark the Sabbats inwardly or more recently as activity days with my family (I also have two boys who are too young to grasp the concept of a belief system). I use Runes for divination and would dearly love the space to have a permanent altar, but this too is currently lacking from my life, but I have the intention of making a pocket altar set as an ongoing project. I acknowledge all gods and goddesses, but have no particular leaning toward a specific panthenon. To coin a phrase I suppose I go with the system of 'horses for courses'.

And yet I don't feel the need to, I don't know, follow a Wiccan 'rule book'? i love the openess and eclectic opportunities of the religion and maybe this was one of the things that attracted me to the craft. The idea that, so long as it doesn't hurt anyone else, what should it matter to the outside world what you believe? I feel it's having positive faith that counts, not how you do it.

I'm sorry if that sounds disjointed and rambling, but I guess if religion were straight forward, there wouldn't be so many arguments about it. BTW I don't think I could help with websites etc as I use UK ones mainly...

Blessed Be and I shall watch this thread with interest x

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