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« Topic Start: March 27, 2011, 09:20:40 pm »

Many of us mostlikely like myself weren't pagans originaly, i for one was roman catholic, though i do believe paganism does always linger inside someone. As if it's fate.

Now i decided just out of curiosity to make this topic. So i ask everyone here who converted to a pagan path at some point in their life what made them decide to become a pagan. What sparked your rebirth?

So what made to become a pagan?

And for those who were born into paganism, what is that like for you?

I'll start with myself. I was born in a free thinking catholic family which is still love with all my heart, this hasn't changed nor will it ever i believe. But the views of the catholic church and the way it judged and damned people for not living perfect lives just set me off. That with me thinking i would go to hell for my sins. And a severe depression from another source just led me to become so down i tried to take my own life, i felt so alone at this point, there was no god answering me. There was no warmth in general. At this point i was called by norse paganism. Odin gave me the strength to continue living.

This is now quite a stretch behind me, and i am now a proud and happy pagan. Full of life with the might to face and overcome my strugles. I am now more with nature then i ever was during my past. Norse paganism in many ways have given me the ability to heal, for the wounds to close.

And here i am Smiley

So i ask again what made to become a pagan?

I'm interested to see how other people found their path. Also if they've only just made the first steps (Hense it's on the beginner part of the forum)

Awaiting your answers.

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« Reply #1: March 27, 2011, 11:03:30 pm »

So i ask again what made to become a pagan?

I was born and raised Baptist. I was 5 years old when I first gave thought to what God was.  It was not the God of Christianity, that I had been taught.  But being raised Baptist short circuited my thoughts on God.  I was 38 when my thoughts when back to the concept of God I had when I was 5.  Though the years I never considered myself Christian, and would be offended when called one. 
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« Reply #2: March 27, 2011, 11:44:07 pm »



So i ask again what made to become a pagan?



 

I was raised in a very conservative Southern Baptist Town in Texas. After leaving the Baptist church when I was 18, I became a Catholic. But when i began to search my Families Heritage I found that i was Celtic. So I started reading about their religion and traditions, and automatically began to be drawn to that path. After some more research and soul searching, I just decided to give it a try and it just felt right. Its been going pretty well, i have made several contact with Deities and have gotten help on my path. Just feels good to be what i really am, and being myself.
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« Reply #3: March 28, 2011, 01:08:54 am »

So what made to become a pagan?
I had never been religious, and was lucky enough to be raised by agnostic parrents. I always had considered myself to be agnostic, but not in a sense for the christian god but something else, that I wasn't sure of til now.

When I was 6 I had a dream that felt so real It still haunts me today, being a Jewish child or maybe of another faith or race, but I was being prosecuted by Nazi police in my home, and we hid.
Of course this nightmare wouldn't be extremly odd, except I was at an age where there was no possible way I'd have know of the hollocaust.

A couple years ago I remembered all of this, and was now convinced that there is some sort of rebirth and spiritual workings in the world.

I had just thought I was a spirtual free thinker, but eventually I stumbled on Asatru. The descriptions of it's afterlife struck me, as it was much more similar to mine, Hel was that place of rest before being given the option to be reborn in your family line. I was drawn to many other parts of it, it's outlook at our relations with the gods and what they do for us and the world.
And with more reading, belief, and happyness of what it brought me, I donned the hammer arround my neck, I became a pagan.
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« Reply #4: March 28, 2011, 09:03:50 am »


It's wonderfull to hear how other people discovered which path was right for them. And i'm glad you're all proud pagans now SmileySmileySmiley

And with more reading, belief, and happyness of what it brought me, I donned the hammer arround my neck, I became a pagan.

May Thor ward over your path, and the norns weave a gentle fate.

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« Reply #5: March 28, 2011, 09:23:55 am »

I'm interested to see how other people found their path. Also if they've only just made the first steps (Hense it's on the beginner part of the forum)
You can find a great many more such stories in the long-running thread "What converted you?".

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« Reply #6: March 28, 2011, 09:35:22 am »

Many of us mostlikely like myself weren't pagans originaly, i for one was roman catholic, though i do believe paganism does always linger inside someone. As if it's fate.

Now i decided just out of curiosity to make this topic. So i ask everyone here who converted to a pagan path at some point in their life what made them decide to become a pagan. What sparked your rebirth?

So what made to become a pagan?

And for those who were born into paganism, what is that like for you?

I'll start with myself. I was born in a free thinking catholic family which is still love with all my heart, this hasn't changed nor will it ever i believe. But the views of the catholic church and the way it judged and damned people for not living perfect lives just set me off. That with me thinking i would go to hell for my sins. And a severe depression from another source just led me to become so down i tried to take my own life, i felt so alone at this point, there was no god answering me. There was no warmth in general. At this point i was called by norse paganism. Odin gave me the strength to continue living.

This is now quite a stretch behind me, and i am now a proud and happy pagan. Full of life with the might to face and overcome my strugles. I am now more with nature then i ever was during my past. Norse paganism in many ways have given me the ability to heal, for the wounds to close.

And here i am Smiley

So i ask again what made to become a pagan?

I'm interested to see how other people found their path. Also if they've only just made the first steps (Hense it's on the beginner part of the forum)

Awaiting your answers.

Honor and Wisdom.
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Heh, I've made the "discovery" of my pagan tendencies twice. The first time was when I was 12 years old. I had been suffering from severe depression and suicidal ideation. I was a cutter and, although I had a small circle of friends, felt like I was utterly alone in the world. I had been baptised as a Protestant and had only gone to church twice as a child. The Sunday school teacher frighened me beyond belief and so my mother did not feel the need to force me to go back.

Return to when I was 12 and prepared to end my life. I had developed the "defense mechanism" of becoming obsessed with vampires, which caused the majority of my peers to leave me alone. After all, I was the creepy girl. In one of my many lunch periods spent in the school library, I came across a book about modern witchcraft and so my life as a pagan began. It survived years of hiding it my path from my mother who was too frightened to take time to learn about the path. Finally, when I was 18, we sat down and I explained to her that this is who I was.

Two years later, I met my current boyfriend. He convinced me to give the Bible a try, especially since I had never really picked one up before (despite the numerous Bibles we had in my family's home). I tried to read it, tried to understand it... I would ask him questions and the only response I would receive was "keep reading." After a year and a half of this, I just shook my head and have began a slow return to my pagan ways. I haven't admitted to him, just yet, that I am back to being pagan.
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« Reply #7: March 28, 2011, 09:54:18 am »


Thanks for the linky Sunflower Smiley


Well atleast he didn't answer every question with... "Because it says so" Many people have a unnatural fear for the unknown, and paganism is an unknown to many people. All they know of it is from TV and horror stories. Especially in wicca, as witches are considered evil by default by many. This is a human problem however, if people would take some time trying to learn about a few pagan streams. They would no longer fear it... but not all people are willing to read, let alone research.

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« Reply #8: March 28, 2011, 03:54:01 pm »

So what made to become a pagan?

Well, I grew up in an irreligious family. All my relations identify as either atheist or agnostic. I went to a Church of England Primary School where we sang hymns, went to church around the holidays, listened to some Bible stories every once in a while. I even sang in the choir (although we were too busy singing Beatles' songs - our music teacher was legendary!). Christianity never felt right or made any spiritual sense to me so I just didn't go there.

I've always, however, felt some kind of spiritual connection to nature, I just didn't know what to call it. Fast forward to age 12 and I find a book on Wicca at my local library. I guess that's what catalysed my Pagan journey. The whole idea and practice of connecting to nature and aligning myself to the natural cycles was exactly what I was after. It just fit, y'know? Of course, that was back when I thought Wicca was all that Paganism consisted of. I did some more exploring and slowly forged my own path Smiley
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« Reply #9: March 29, 2011, 07:21:14 am »

Now i decided just out of curiosity to make this topic. So i ask everyone here who converted to a pagan path at some point in their life what made them decide to become a pagan. What sparked your rebirth?

I think I've given my story in the other thread (the one Sunflower linked to), but I also thought I should add:  I don't consider my move away from Christianity to be a "rebirth".  I did not become a new person.  No part of me was created anew.  It was maybe not the smoothest journey I've ever taken, but nor was it a catastrophic upheaval that changed everything.  It was a thing that happened in my life, but it was not the beginning of a new life so much as a shift in the life I already had.
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« Reply #10: March 29, 2011, 08:06:29 am »

I don't consider my move away from Christianity to be a "rebirth".  I did not become a new person.  No part of me was created anew.  It was maybe not the smoothest journey I've ever taken, but nor was it a catastrophic upheaval that changed everything.  It was a thing that happened in my life, but it was not the beginning of a new life so much as a shift in the life I already had.

Same here. I had moved away Christianity some time before I discovered Pagan religions. Neither moving away from Christianity nor discovering and becoming interested in Pagan religions changed me that much. I was what I was -- which was why Christianity did not work for me me to begin with and why Wicca (the Pagan religion I found first) did now work well either.
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It was maybe not the smoothest journey I've ever taken, but nor was it a catastrophic upheaval that changed everything.  It was a thing that happened in my life, but it was not the beginning of a new life so much as a shift in the life I already had.

My story is similar. It was more of a slow realization that I've always been a pagan at heart, whether or not I vocally identified as one. There were milestones, and there'll be many more to come. Sometimes it takes years and years for your mouth to put into words what your heart's always felt. 
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Thanks for the link, Sunflower!
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« Reply #13: April 03, 2011, 10:03:43 am »

Many of us mostlikely like myself weren't pagans originaly, i for one was roman catholic, though i do believe paganism does always linger inside someone. As if it's fate.

Now i decided just out of curiosity to make this topic. So i ask everyone here who converted to a pagan path at some point in their life what made them decide to become a pagan. What sparked your rebirth?

So what made to become a pagan?

And for those who were born into paganism, what is that like for you?

I'll start with myself. I was born in a free thinking catholic family which is still love with all my heart, this hasn't changed nor will it ever i believe. But the views of the catholic church and the way it judged and damned people for not living perfect lives just set me off. That with me thinking i would go to hell for my sins. And a severe depression from another source just led me to become so down i tried to take my own life, i felt so alone at this point, there was no god answering me. There was no warmth in general. At this point i was called by norse paganism. Odin gave me the strength to continue living.

This is now quite a stretch behind me, and i am now a proud and happy pagan. Full of life with the might to face and overcome my strugles. I am now more with nature then i ever was during my past. Norse paganism in many ways have given me the ability to heal, for the wounds to close.

And here i am Smiley

So i ask again what made to become a pagan?

I'm interested to see how other people found their path. Also if they've only just made the first steps (Hense it's on the beginner part of the forum)

Awaiting your answers.

Honor and Wisdom.
Legion.

 

I wasn't brought up around anything very strict, however I was brought up to believe in God. At school I was taught to be Christian and to pray, but my family never really talked about it much and weren't Christian themselves. 

When I was 14 I discovered Wicca (like most people) and followed it up until I was 19, but then felt like I wasn't following it as it was originally intended. After that I simply called myself a witch - preferring the term green or cottage witch. However over the past year I have been questioning witchcraft itself aswell - I don't want to do spells or control energy. It doesn't appeal to me anymore.

A year ago I discovered Druidry, read bits and pieces and bought a few books until I finally decided to do the Bardic course with OBOD. I find that I consider Druidry a lot more of a serious spiritual path for me and that it fits me better. Still a complete baby though, learning as much as I can.  Smiley
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« Reply #14: April 08, 2011, 12:56:43 am »

Now i decided just out of curiosity to make this topic. So i ask everyone here who converted to a pagan path at some point in their life what made them decide to become a pagan. What sparked your rebirth?

I'm still kind of on the line as to being sure I am considered pagan, but I'll answer this as if I am.

I wasn't really raised in a religious household. My parents Christened us, we celebrated Christmas and Easter, etc., but only in the sense of the things that were fun for kids (like Santa and the Easter Bunny). At first we never questioned exactly why we celebrated - it was just something we did. Of course eventually we knew that the holidays meant, but that was about it.

I think one of the biggest events that lead me to truly question what I did believe though, was an encounter with my mother many years ago. I'll admit, I don't think my family really enjoys doing the whole Christmas thing. Not since the last one of us stopped believing in Santa, and the whole event had churned in to a commercial-type source of stress. So many years ago I asked her why we even celebrated. And she hissed at me "because we believe in God". She didn't talk to me for about a week after that. Like I had crossed some invisible line, that I wasn't even made aware of in the first place.

But the thing is, I didn't believe in God. Not in the sense that everyone else did. So I started asking questions. What I met up with though, was a very foggy picture. The only clear answers were that you "didn't question the word of God", and things worked the way they did "just because". And that just wasn't convincing enough for me.

I didn't like the lack of balance and sense of fear that seemed to go hand-in-hand with many religions in general. I know I kept crossing paths with the idea of some kind of paganism, yet due to some unfortunate experiences with some people that considered themselves to be pagan (like it was the cool kid thing to do)... I drifted away again. So I abandoned the idea of any religion for a long period of time. And just started asking myself what I truly believed. Not what other people believed, and if I could somehow make myself "fit" there, but a deep down honest look at what I could, at the end of the day, be okay with and not feel lost.

Without getting in to the long details, when it really comes down to it, the closest thing I've found to resemble my beliefs has been some kind of paganism. That may not be my answer in the future... but that is what I'm comfortable with right now. I still say I'm more spiritual than religious, And I don't think it was some kind spectacular sudden rebirth, but more a series of events that made me more aware of the kind of person I am, and who I want to be. The only path I really follow right now, is my own. And maybe one day I'll find others who have the same or similar beliefs, and even if not, atleast learn from others who have different.

But yeah, that's kind of the short ( Roll Eyes ) of how I got to where I am now. 
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