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« Topic Start: July 10, 2010, 09:27:13 am »

Hey so as you can guess I'm new to this all. Sorry if any of these questions seem silly.

I already know what I believe in-I found out a week ago what I was connected to-but I do not know what the actual term for it is. So I wanted to see if anyone here knew what I was talking about.

I believe in the Celtic Gods/Goddesses and folklore and things of that nature. I've felt really connected to anything that is Celtic so it was obvious that's what I was going to choose. But I don't know what the actual term for it is. I know it's not Wicca or neo-paganism. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?

Another thing is when you cast a circle are you supposed to feel a bit detached and disembodied? When I do it that's kinda how I feel. Like my head's in the clouds.

Last thing, this might seem a bit off topic but I really need someone's help with this because I don't know who else to turn to. I see....things. Strange things; white and black orbs that zoom everywhere for seconds then disappear, shadowy figures that don't have any scientifical explination as to why they are there, people who aren't there, people made of what seems to be shadows that appear and disappear in seconds, silvery, misty forms of things, golden flickering lights, ect. Recently I got really frustatrated about it and yelled for whatever it was to get out. It's been a week and I haven't seen them but now I'm slowly starting to see them again. Are these things real or am I just going insane? If they are real what are they, why do I see them, and how can I get them out of my life.

If someone could answer these questions I'd really be thankful. Have a nice day.
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« Reply #1: July 10, 2010, 03:41:22 pm »

Hey so as you can guess I'm new to this all. Sorry if any of these questions seem silly.


Another thing is when you cast a circle are you supposed to feel a bit detached and disembodied? When I do it that's kinda how I feel. Like my head's in the clouds.

Last thing, this might seem a bit off topic but I really need someone's help with this because I don't know who else to turn to. I see....things. Strange things; white and black orbs that zoom everywhere for seconds then disappear, shadowy figures that don't have any scientifical explination as to why they are there, people who aren't there, people made of what seems to be shadows that appear and disappear in seconds, silvery, misty forms of things, golden flickering lights, ect. Recently I got really frustatrated about it and yelled for whatever it was to get out. It's been a week and I haven't seen them but now I'm slowly starting to see them again. Are these things real or am I just going insane? If they are real what are they, why do I see them, and how can I get them out of my life.

If someone could answer these questions I'd really be thankful. Have a nice day.

I'll do my best to help with some of it... when doing a circle, for me, its normal to have a slight "high" going on, especially when raising energy.  When I first started, I would get headaches super bad from casting a circle, and feel very drained and out of it.  Then I realized my problem:  I was envisioning the circle as a simple line boundary, not a 3-D oval.  Once I made sure I was doing that, I started to feel a ton better.  I don't know if that is close to what you are experiencing, but I thought I'd give it a shot.

Also, if you are just starting, I'm not surprised you are beginning to see things.  Unfortunately I'm not very good at guessing what things are unless I am there and can feel them.  When I was new, I saw all sorts of random stuff, some of which sounds like what you are experiencing.  I had to learn that there is always going to be random things around, but you CAN control whether or not you see them.  I suggest hematite, that will ground you, and it tends to dampen how much stuff people see.  Also, a regular cleansing with sage or something similar will make sure that what is around is not harmful.
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« Reply #2: July 10, 2010, 04:33:03 pm »

Thanks for the advice about the seeing things. The thing is I've been seeing things since June, it's gotten worse and worse. And I just became a Pagan last week so I don't think it's because I became Pagan.
When I cast a circle it's more like I feel....disembodied, kinda like my mind is somewhere else. After I close the circle it goes away.
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« Reply #3: July 10, 2010, 11:29:30 pm »

Thanks for the advice about the seeing things. The thing is I've been seeing things since June, it's gotten worse and worse. And I just became a Pagan last week so I don't think it's because I became Pagan.
When I cast a circle it's more like I feel....disembodied, kinda like my mind is somewhere else. After I close the circle it goes away.

A slightly disembodied feeling is normal, again, try bringing some hematite into the circle with you if it bothers you.

I used to see things even when I was not pagan, and the more I thought about it, the worse it got.  I would not be surprised if some of the lights and such is just random energy.
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« Reply #4: July 11, 2010, 12:05:10 am »


Another thing is when you cast a circle are you supposed to feel a bit detached and disembodied? When I do it that's kinda how I feel. Like my head's in the clouds.


I don't know about the apparition thing, but if you are feeling like this when you cast a circle, you might want to practice your grounding.  I would especially recommend this is you are feeling woozy or light-headed.  Going into a circle is a consciousness altering exercise, and if you aren't using correct techniques, it can make you feel pretty crummy.

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« Reply #5: July 11, 2010, 12:54:02 am »

Thanks for the advice about the seeing things. The thing is I've been seeing things since June, it's gotten worse and worse. And I just became a Pagan last week so I don't think it's because I became Pagan.
When I cast a circle it's more like I feel....disembodied, kinda like my mind is somewhere else. After I close the circle it goes away.

I'm in agreement with all the comments.  When you start you're opening yourself up in a new way, a lot of the stuff that you're seeing will -not fade- but won't be as noticable in time.  You'll be able to tune out the "noise" better.  I'll still catch glimpses of things, usually when I'm tired or not as well shielded as I should be. 

When I learned to cast a circle I was taught to do a grounding exercise before it, (ugh I hate sounding new agey) to not only ground yourself, but to be able to utilize some of the energy around you, not just your own. 
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« Reply #6: July 11, 2010, 05:50:38 am »

I believe in the Celtic Gods/Goddesses and folklore and things of that nature. I've felt really connected to anything that is Celtic so it was obvious that's what I was going to choose. But I don't know what the actual term for it is. I know it's not Wicca or neo-paganism. Does anyone know what I'm talking about?

Can't really help with the others, but I can help a bit with this.

If you're looking to stick as close to the original myths and practices as possible (within reason, obviously), it's Celtic Reconstructionism.  This sounds like what you're describing, correct me if I'm wrong?
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« Reply #7: July 11, 2010, 02:42:24 pm »

Thanks so much you guys. How does one practice their grounding? I'm not really sure what that means.
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« Reply #8: July 11, 2010, 04:04:06 pm »

Thanks so much you guys. How does one practice their grounding? I'm not really sure what that means.

Here's a ground and center exercise: http://www.wikihow.com/Ground-and-Center
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« Reply #9: July 11, 2010, 04:49:18 pm »

Here's a ground and center exercise: http://www.wikihow.com/Ground-and-Center


Thank you. I read it, it seems helpful. I'll be sure to try it!
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« Reply #10: July 11, 2010, 05:23:10 pm »

Can't really help with the others, but I can help a bit with this.

If you're looking to stick as close to the original myths and practices as possible (within reason, obviously), it's Celtic Reconstructionism.  This sounds like what you're describing, correct me if I'm wrong?


I read a bit about Celtic Reconstructionalism on this site but it just confused me. Would you be able to explain it to me in an easier way? If so it'd be really helpful.
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« Reply #11: July 11, 2010, 05:54:01 pm »

I read a bit about Celtic Reconstructionalism on this site but it just confused me. Would you be able to explain it to me in an easier way? If so it'd be really helpful.

Reconstructionist religions are basically operating on the principle "The ancients of this culture knew how to deal with their gods and weren't idiots; we should try to do as they did."  (With an assortment of pissing matches about what "as they did" actually means in a modern world.)  They start with a best scholarly understanding of practices (as understood by archaeology, anthropology, history, etc.) and figure out how to fill in the gaps to produce - at least ideally - a functional living religion.
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« Reply #12: July 11, 2010, 06:48:27 pm »

Reconstructionist religions are basically operating on the principle "The ancients of this culture knew how to deal with their gods and weren't idiots; we should try to do as they did."  (With an assortment of pissing matches about what "as they did" actually means in a modern world.)  They start with a best scholarly understanding of practices (as understood by archaeology, anthropology, history, etc.) and figure out how to fill in the gaps to produce - at least ideally - a functional living religion.

Okay, so do you follow their cultural stuff and believe in their religions? Or is it more than that. I'm still kind of confused as to what you actually do.
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« Reply #13: July 11, 2010, 07:34:01 pm »

Okay, so do you follow their cultural stuff and believe in their religions? Or is it more than that. I'm still kind of confused as to what you actually do.

Obviously what one does in a particular thing is dependent on which culture one's talking about.  (And as an Egyptian recon, I am not well-positioned to talk about Celtic recon even though I'm married to one.)  But yes, the idea is that one practices the religion of the ancients in a form as close to what they would recognise as is feasable.
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« Reply #14: July 11, 2010, 07:42:56 pm »

Obviously what one does in a particular thing is dependent on which culture one's talking about.  (And as an Egyptian recon, I am not well-positioned to talk about Celtic recon even though I'm married to one.)  But yes, the idea is that one practices the religion of the ancients in a form as close to what they would recognise as is feasable.

Okay now I think I get it. Thank you!
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