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« Topic Start: September 07, 2009, 07:09:36 pm »

After a mighty struggle, I have finally shed the last remnants of my Catholic up-bringing, and to accept that I'm a Pagan.
I have started to read up on the different Pagan religions, but I have to admit there are sooooooo many theologies, I'm feeling overwhelmed and lost. I don't have time to read up on every one!

I know this is a very personal thing, but was wondering those of you who are experienced could help point me in the right direction.

I have a list of things that are important/pertain to me:

1/2 Irish, 1/4 French, 1/4 Native American (not sure exactly what tribe, Quebec area) decent.
Very, very strong reverence for nature. I feel a spiritual connection when I'm outdoors.
I love animals, especially dogs, wolves and snakes.
I'm not opposed to hunting, but I am opposed to killing for sport.
Not really into Magick or spells or elaborate ritual (yet?) but not against them.
I love Native American Flute music.
I seem to have an affinity for Celtic knot stuff.
I like to meditate (nude if possible, ...OK I'm a nudist as well, I think modesty is a silly concept).
I'm drawn to night (because of the peace and tranquility)
I like to look at the stars and moon.
I like to drink beer and (dare I say it) smoke ganja (I really seem to meditate and think more clearly)
I'm NOT an alcoholic or junkie. I hate being really drunk or totally wasted, just slightly buzzed. Stronger substances have their purposes, but are only appropriate for DIRE circumstances ONLY.
I believe in some sort of creator(s), and lesser deities, (God/Goddess) that oversee things and help us.
I believe in some form of reward for good
I like the concept of balance, Yin-Yang, the cyclical aspects of things.
I'm very calm, level headed, intelligent, have a good sense of humor (silly, Monty Pythonish)

I put Celtic/Shaman in my bio, but which Celtic sect, and how do I know what dieties I should I attempt to contact (or expected to be contacted by), and how will I know.

Thank you,
Mark (Mon through Friday, 9:00am-5:30pm)
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« Reply #1: September 09, 2009, 10:34:37 pm »


we cant help you choose your path , you are the one who knows yourself better then we do..

and if you feel more connected to a different path of paganism..then go for it..

I am not trying to be rude..

do whateer makes you feel right at heart
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« Reply #2: September 10, 2009, 12:54:52 am »

After a mighty struggle, I have finally shed the last remnants of my Catholic up-bringing, and to accept that I'm a Pagan.
I have started to read up on the different Pagan religions, but I have to admit there are sooooooo many theologies, I'm feeling overwhelmed and lost. I don't have time to read up on every one!

I know this is a very personal thing, but was wondering those of you who are experienced could help point me in the right direction.

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I put Celtic/Shaman in my bio, but which Celtic sect, and how do I know what dieties I should I attempt to contact (or expected to be contacted by), and how will I know.
I have to giggle as I have known several people who termed themselves recovering Catholics, although they never seemed to completely shed Catholicism.  So, I think congrats!?  Smiley

As for your questions...
You have quite a list there.  In exploring on this board and jumping off onto different links I have learned a bunch in the last couple of months.  I still can't say exactly where I fit, although I do have a better idea where I don't fit.  Also, I have come to better terms with not fitting with my Christian upbringing. 

So, I am trying on different flavors of paganism for right now.  Quite frankly, I had no idea there were so many different options.  I have found that there are several (Kemetic and Hellenistic) that I would not have thought to explore if I hadn't been rabbit-trailing off after a mention of a particular deity or other.  Kind of like Alice and the White Rabbit, but I'm trying to keep good (mental) notes and definitely not eating any 'shrooms. Wink

Personally, I have learned things about religion in general that I had never considered, f.ex. solitary v. group v. ecclectic practices v. recon v. hard polytheism v. soft polytheism v. pantheism.

I guess what I am saying is that it seems unlikely that someone will have the perfect answer to where you fit.  If you feel you are interested in Celtic religion, then go explore it.  Check into any groups that are near you physically as well as read online or buy books. 

I know I haven't really given you any answers, sorry for that.  It seems that for many of us there is a lot to be said for the journey, not just the destination.  Hey, if you start into something and its it all wrong, you can change, right?
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« Reply #3: September 10, 2009, 11:36:17 pm »

After a mighty struggle, I have finally shed the last remnants of my Catholic up-bringing, and to accept that I'm a Pagan.
I have started to read up on the different Pagan religions, but I have to admit there are sooooooo many theologies, I'm feeling overwhelmed and lost. I don't have time to read up on every one!

I know this is a very personal thing, but was wondering those of you who are experienced could help point me in the right direction.

I have a list of things that are important/pertain to me:

1/2 Irish, 1/4 French, 1/4 Native American (not sure exactly what tribe, Quebec area) decent.
Very, very strong reverence for nature. I feel a spiritual connection when I'm outdoors.
I love animals, especially dogs, wolves and snakes.
I'm not opposed to hunting, but I am opposed to killing for sport.
Not really into Magick or spells or elaborate ritual (yet?) but not against them.
I love Native American Flute music.
I seem to have an affinity for Celtic knot stuff.
I like to meditate (nude if possible, ...OK I'm a nudist as well, I think modesty is a silly concept).
I'm drawn to night (because of the peace and tranquility)
I like to look at the stars and moon.
I like to drink beer and (dare I say it) smoke ganja (I really seem to meditate and think more clearly)
I'm NOT an alcoholic or junkie. I hate being really drunk or totally wasted, just slightly buzzed. Stronger substances have their purposes, but are only appropriate for DIRE circumstances ONLY.
I believe in some sort of creator(s), and lesser deities, (God/Goddess) that oversee things and help us.
I believe in some form of reward for good
I like the concept of balance, Yin-Yang, the cyclical aspects of things.
I'm very calm, level headed, intelligent, have a good sense of humor (silly, Monty Pythonish)

I put Celtic/Shaman in my bio, but which Celtic sect, and how do I know what dieties I should I attempt to contact (or expected to be contacted by), and how will I know.

Thank you,
Mark (Mon through Friday, 9:00am-5:30pm)
Tamaska (all other hours) 

 


Hiya!

As I'm sure you realize, no one can help you choose your spiritual path, so I won't presume to try, but I can pass on some advice that helped me find my way.

First off, you're on the right track.  You are able to list your beliefs and know what is important to you.  So at least you're not still in that confusing "WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?!" stage.  As you learn more, continue to listen to yourself, and remind yourself what is important to you.

Second, study.  You don't have to try to learn the ins and outs of every single pagan religion in the world; that's a daunting and damn near impossible task.  However, you can start reading up on specific topics that interest you, such as shamanism, Celtic legend, or anything else that catches your fancy.  As you learn about these branches of your spirituality, you will probably come across other things you'd like to study, or decide you want to focus more closely on one area of study.  You may never be able to slap an accurate label on your personal brand of religion, and that's okay.  Having a strong faith without a name is better than trying to squish your beliefs into one umbrella term.

Finally, you say you don't have time to read up on every pagan religion, and as I said, don't feel pressured to be an expert on everything.  But also realize that you DO have time; you have your entire life to pursue your spiritual goals.  Don't feel like there's a deadline, or that you have to have all (or even any!) of the answers within a specific amount of time.  Don't rush.  Don't stress.  Just learn and experiment, and trust me, you will enjoy the ride.

Good luck!
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« Reply #4: September 11, 2009, 01:52:29 pm »

I understand where you are coming from. I had the same issue when I started too. What I did was go to Witches Voice and they have a great list of pagan religons with a brief explanation of each. It was easier to narrow down what did not feel right to me. The ones I was still left with I researched further until I found the right path for me. Also meditation is a great way to guide you as well. Open your mind, heart and most important your ears and allow the Goddess to talk to you.

It can be a difficult journey but one well worth the effort. Never fear, you will find the right path for you. You do not have to rush it.

Hope this helps.

Blessed Be!
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« Reply #6: September 11, 2009, 09:49:00 pm »


I have been where you are, and boy did it stink. What I have come to realize is that I don't need a "title". It does make it a little easier to explain to outsiders, but I found that my set of beliefs don't fit perfectly with any one particular pagan path.  I'm techincally still "untitled". I lean more towards Celtic, but sometimes feel drawn to Greek dieties or things like that.  I say do what makes you happy. If you find a path that fits you well, then by all means, follow it. But don't let it bother you to fall under the general name of "pagan". I agree with the others, study, study, study. The Witch's Voice is a great place to learn; so is this forum. I haven't been here long, but this group has been particularly helpful. Happy learning.

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« Reply #7: September 13, 2009, 09:29:49 pm »


Well, you can start by reading a Livejournal post I did for seekers: http://trekkieturtle.livejournal.com/2009/08/23/

I'm planning a whole series of these articles. But big topics to think of as you're seeking are:

- Do I like to follow established paths, or would I prefer to make my own?
- What cultures am I interested in?
- How do I feel about deity? One god? Many gods?
- Do I want to practice with a group or separately?
- How much time am I willing to devote to spirituality?
- What am I willing to sacrifice for training/learning?
- What do I feel about magic?
- What other topics interest me? Divination? Herbalism?
- What paths interest me?

For a lot of preliminary research, the net is a great resource. Read the articles here at the Cauldron site. Check out Witchvox and the Pagan & Wiccan site at About.com. Go to your local public library and check out mythology books. Go out into nature and spend some time thinking about yourself and where you'd like to go.

Ultimately, this is YOUR journey and YOU are in the driver's seat. Explore concepts that fascinate you. Try a path on for size and see if you like it. Make contact with local pagans. Get recommendations for reading lists. Try your own simple rituals in whatever style you'd like. Talk to the Gods and make offerings. Things will start to come together.

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« Reply #8: September 13, 2009, 10:57:22 pm »



I know this is a very personal thing, but was wondering those of you who are experienced could help point me in the right direction.


First and foremost, I want to say congratulations on becoming a "Recovering Catholic" and accepting what you feel is right in your heart. For that you deserve a big hurruah!

Secondly, I have to agree with everyone who said we can't help you choose your path. That is a very personal thing and it has to be absolutely right for you. That being said, I can give you my advice.

Paganism is a HUGE topic to research. What I did was look close to home. Take your ancestory into account and look into it. You said you have some Irish and Native American in you? Check out the Celtic paths and some Native American paths. Perhaps a form of Celtic Shamanism? Some type of Anglo-Saxon tradition?  You can also look back and see what you agreed with in your former religion. Find a path that follows that kind've wave-length.

Other than that, the best advice I can give you is the same thing Karen (dragonfaerie, I hope you don't mind me calling you Karen Smiley) said. Define your beliefs first, before you go labelling yourself. What you believe is far more important than a label for your beliefs.

Good luck!
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