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« Reply #75: August 21, 2007, 01:58:51 pm »

So what "projects" are you focusing on?

Erm, I just redid my altar, and it looks ten times better.
And, urm, I'm not feeling Wiccan lately.
Maybe it's just the fact that in the original sense (BTW) I'm not wiccan, and also, I feel too eclectic for it.
I mean, eclectic wicca is fine, but...
I just think plain old "Pagan" is fine.  It gives me a head ache trying to fit myself in a box that doesn't fit me.  I had this problem with Recon.  I'm way too into too many cultures/religions to be tied down to just one.  There a lot of aspects of Wicca that I like, but I hate the idea of piking and choosing and calling it by the same name, so I wont do that.
It was good to get that off my chest.
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« Reply #76: August 23, 2007, 06:14:15 pm »


My newest project is developing my philosophies and beliefs because i've finally gotten enough courage to move away from wicca and go off on my own. i'm so proud of myself. *puffs out chest*

i'm also trying to get my herb garden going because i like the idea of being hedgewitchy.
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« Reply #77: August 23, 2007, 06:30:57 pm »

My newest project is developing my philosophies and beliefs because I've finally gotten enough courage to move away from wicca and go off on my own. I'm so proud of myself. *puffs out chest*

I'm also trying to get my herb garden going because i like the idea of being hedgewitchy.

 Cheesy I am also working on my philosophies and beliefs, and trying to get up the courage to deviate from my usual path. Since I left Wicca I have been forming my own path and enjoying being eclectic. Now I have suddenly come across a path that already exists that fits me as perfectly as I could hope. However, I am struggling to get up the courage to jump from the safe path of defining my own religion to something so different from what I am used to. I just went to the library and checked out three books on Taoism and I feel that hopefully, while reading them, I will get some more of an insight into where I want to be going. So reading up on Taoism is generally what I am working on at the moment.
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« Reply #78: August 23, 2007, 07:52:16 pm »

Cheesy I am also working on my philosophies and beliefs, and trying to get up the courage to deviate from my usual path. Since I left Wicca I have been forming my own path and enjoying being eclectic. Now I have suddenly come across a path that already exists that fits me as perfectly as I could hope. However, I am struggling to get up the courage to jump from the safe path of defining my own religion to something so different from what I am used to. I just went to the library and checked out three books on Taoism and I feel that hopefully, while reading them, I will get some more of an insight into where I want to be going. So reading up on Taoism is generally what I am working on at the moment.

What exactly is taoism? i've heard of it, but i have no idea.
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« Reply #79: August 23, 2007, 09:28:09 pm »

My newest project is developing my philosophies and beliefs because i've finally gotten enough courage to move away from wicca and go off on my own. i'm so proud of myself. *puffs out chest*

i'm also trying to get my herb garden going because i like the idea of being hedgewitchy.

I don't think my problem had to do with courage, because before wicca, I was into recon.  I think it was the fact that I wanted to be more into a box and tied down to something, but I didn't fit into anything. 
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« Reply #80: August 23, 2007, 09:37:34 pm »

I don't think my problem had to do with courage, because before wicca, I was into recon.  I think it was the fact that I wanted to be more into a box and tied down to something, but I didn't fit into anything. 
the fitting in thing was definately an issue, but i've stopped believing in the importance of religious structure, and that's mainly why i've moved on. i'm not making my own path, really, because my religion isn't really a path. it just is. that doesn't mean, i'm not making progress in figuring out what i believe, the meaning to everything, it's just that my religion doesn't have a goal, like, i'm not *trying* to get closer to god, or nature, or equilibrium...does that make sense?
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« Reply #81: August 23, 2007, 09:41:04 pm »

What exactly is taoism? i've heard of it, but i have no idea.

Here's a nice intro article on Taoism:

Hansen, Chad, "Taoism", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy  (Fall 2007 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/taoism/
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« Reply #82: August 23, 2007, 09:47:22 pm »

Here's a nice intro article on Taoism:

Hansen, Chad, "Taoism", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy  (Fall 2007 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/taoism/

thanks, and also thanks for the article on time and QM. both are very interesting, though I'm not sure i get daoism.
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« Reply #83: August 23, 2007, 09:53:38 pm »

the fitting in thing was definately an issue, but i've stopped believing in the importance of religious structure, and that's mainly why i've moved on. i'm not making my own path, really, because my religion isn't really a path. it just is. that doesn't mean, i'm not making progress in figuring out what i believe, the meaning to everything, it's just that my religion doesn't have a goal, like, i'm not *trying* to get closer to god, or nature, or equilibrium...does that make sense?

I think religious structure is important to a lot of people, so I think it's important, in general.  I like to add structure to my own path, even though, I'm the only one practicing it.  I don't view "path=tradition." as, you seem to be implying.  I think a path is something one person follows, sort of like a journey, I suppose. 

Anyways, even for myself, who isn't following a tradition, I do believe I need structure for myself.
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« Reply #84: August 23, 2007, 09:55:33 pm »

thanks, and also thanks for the article on time and QM. both are very interesting, though I'm not sure i get daoism.

Don't worry.  I've never been sure I "got" Taoism either.
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« Reply #85: August 23, 2007, 10:05:35 pm »

What exactly is Taoism? I've heard of it, but i have no idea.

Randall's article answers your question rather well, but for a synopsis, hopefully understandable.

Taoism is belief in the Tao which literally translated means the path or the way, but is generally seen as the divine force which nurtures but without the taking of credit kind of thing that comes along with most deities. The Tao is more a force than a conscious entity. Taoism has three core values, loosely translated as compassion, moderation and humility. Taoism developed in China and the text referred to by most Taoists is the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, written approxamitely 200 B.C. (the date is debatable, as is the author for that matter, and the authenticity of the text). If you want to understand Taoism I recommend reading that, its not very long and there is an online version here, http://www.taoism.net/enter.htm. To be honest I am not much qualified to answer your question as I am in the research phase myself! Sorry those Taoists on this board if I butchered the synopsis Undecided .
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« Reply #86: August 23, 2007, 10:11:23 pm »

Don't worry.  I've never been sure I "got" Taoism either.

I seem to get it, I am more worried about the idea I may be moulding it to suit me. The Tao Te Ching is an incredibly ambiguous piece of work and it is technically possible to interpret in pretty much any direction... well perhaps not quite any. In fact to say I get it is a bit much, after contemplating it line by line for inordinate amounts of time I begin to formulate a concept of what It might be.
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« Reply #87: August 23, 2007, 10:13:16 pm »

Randall's article answers your question rather well, but for a synopsis, hopefully understandable.

Taoism is belief in the Tao which literally translated means the path or the way, but is generally seen as the divine force which nurtures but without the taking of credit kind of thing that comes along with most deities. The Tao is more a force than a conscious entity.

that actually sounds promising. i'll add it to the list of things i need to research.
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« Reply #88: August 23, 2007, 10:21:31 pm »

that actually sounds promising. i'll add it to the list of things i need to research.

Have a look at this http://www.ecauldron.net/forum/index.php?topic=2456.0 thread, some folks gave me some good ideas for reading. I am also reading Taoism - The Parting of the Way by Holmes Welch, I rather like it so far.
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« Reply #89: September 28, 2007, 04:53:16 pm »

Star posted this  and it got me thinking, as a teens we are going through a point in our lives when we supposedly are most very open to learning new things, and are very exploratory. So what "projects" are you focusing on?

I am currently focusing on meditation methods and will be making some prayer beads as soon as I can get the necessary beads etc. so I can try some meditation using those.

I feel a bit silly posting all the threads in here  Embarrassed , but the new forum looks so empty! And I keep seeing stuff that would fit so well in this folder. So here goes another thread.
I'm researching and doing a lot of reading. I've found that my path of choice, Wicca, isn't all about taking notes. Sometimes you've just gotta read, comprehend, and try to apply it to your life. I'm really anal about taking notes about EVERYTHING, so I'm trying to break that habit so I can explore other ways to learn about Wicca.
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