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Question: Do you practice your religion/beliefs/worship/magic solitary or in a group?
solitary by choice - 62 (23.7%)
mostly solitary because I haven't found the right group for me yet - 33 (12.6%)
solitary newbie, haven't figured out yet what kind of group I'd like to be in - 18 (6.9%)
solitary work combined with group work - 17 (6.5%)
I attend gatherings/festivals/public rituals regulary - 8 (3.1%)
I attend gatherings/festivals/public rituals occassionally - 19 (7.3%)
I attend a group without initiation/formal membership regulary - 4 (1.5%)
I attend a group without initiation/formal membership occassionally - 4 (1.5%)
I'm a formal member/initiate of a group or coven - 9 (3.4%)
I'm in several groups or covens at once - 1 (0.4%)
I've changed groups or covens - 3 (1.1%)
I'm working on establishing a new group or coven - 3 (1.1%)
I have successfully (co-)founded a group or coven - 7 (2.7%)
momentarily solitary because I've just moved or some other life change - 4 (1.5%)
I practice my religion with my family - 15 (5.7%)
I attend an internet class - 6 (2.3%)
I do online group work (like Cauldron Cill) - 17 (6.5%)
most of my group practice happens with people who have very similar beliefs - 10 (3.8%)
most of my group work happens with people from various Pagan religions - 12 (4.6%)
other - 10 (3.8%)
Total Voters: 117

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« Reply #30: March 21, 2008, 02:10:38 pm »

Solitary by choice.

me too. I have friends with whom i will get together for celebrations but I never work with anybody.

I have known people who have been coven members and they have created a weird dependency on the group which almost prevents them from being able to work solo.

Also, during a ritual the will has to be perfectly tuned and directed and so the group mind has to be perfectly in tune with it's members, this isn't always possible and can cause a ritual to fail.

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« Reply #31: March 21, 2008, 02:16:19 pm »

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I am a solitary pagan out of choice, but b'cuz my beliefs tend to gel pretty well with some New Thought stuff, Our family has begun attending a local 'church' that has similar beliefs.  It is helping my children find associations with others (they used to think we were the only ones out there that believed as we did) but I am maintaining my individuality of spiritual/religious beliefs.  Partly because I feel it's important and partly because I don't want to belong to anything (been there, done that, bought and burned the T-shirt).  I wouldn't be true to myself if I just went with the group mentality and didn't maintain individuality of purpose.  Besides my 'paganism' is such an eclectic mix there would never be an exact fit.  

But along with that, I admit it's lonely sometimes...
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« Reply #32: March 21, 2008, 03:11:05 pm »

I attend gatherings/festivals/public rituals regularly is the one that I chose because I take my wife and step-daughter to them whenever they come up.  Being Asatru where I live makes it difficult to find other like minded people.  To make up for this I just bristle at my wife's (she is Wicca) groups gatherings and rituals. 
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« Reply #33: March 22, 2008, 09:18:39 am »

I just wonder how many Pagans practice in a group at all. I'm a newbie and don't have any experiences with Pagan groups.

Please notice that you can select more than one option.

Please name what kind of religion your group practices if it isn't obvious from your profile.
I am solitary, mainly by choice and because I have never found a group that fits me just right. I have been in a couple of groups though.

One of my groups was a family trad that adopted me into their family. I learned a lot there, although their tradition (which was a Italian Witchcraft) didn't suit me.

I was also in a small group when I was in college with other college students. It was more of a discussion and exploration group. We did meditations, drum circles, divinations, learning about different traditions, etc... but we didn't do any rituals or energy work together.
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« Reply #34: March 22, 2008, 09:54:04 am »

I just wonder how many Pagans practice in a group at all. I'm a newbie and don't have any experiences with Pagan groups.


I chose:
solitary work combined with group work
I attend a group without initiation/formal membership regulary

My Dianic group has initiations, but you don't have to be initiated to organize or attend ritual.  (I think it's more a formal devotion to the religion and a step on the path to becoming a priestess, but I'm not sure since I've never been to one.)

I should have also picked I attend gatherings/festivals/public rituals regulary because we usually have either a public or private ritual for each of the 8 holy days.  And I also should have chose I'm a formal member/initiate of a group or coven because I am a member(not initiate) of ADF.  Apologies, that's what I get when I do polls before coffee.
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« Reply #35: March 24, 2008, 12:37:49 pm »

I just wonder how many Pagans practice in a group at all. I'm a newbie and don't have any experiences with Pagan groups.

Solitary by choice and I did some online stuff in the past.

I would do some rl-group work occasionally if there was a group around...or like-minded people.
But I don't really need this, though it would be nice for a change.
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« Reply #36: March 24, 2008, 12:41:37 pm »

I just wonder how many Pagans practice in a group at all. I'm a newbie and don't have any experiences with Pagan groups.

I am more or less a newbie as well, at least to the idea of naming what I believe Paganism. I chose "solitary by choice" because I don't currently worship in a structured way -- I think that more or less anything I do, from making music to brewing a pot of tea, can be a religious and devotional act.
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« Reply #37: March 24, 2008, 01:06:36 pm »

I just wonder how many Pagans practice in a group at all. I'm a newbie and don't have any experiences with Pagan groups.

Please notice that you can select more than one option.

Please name what kind of religion your group practices if it isn't obvious from your profile.

I am solitary by choice.  I have attended one gathering so far, although I hope to go to at least one more before I leave the US.  Being solitary mostly all the time, though, suits me just fine.
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« Reply #38: March 24, 2008, 01:39:38 pm »

Please notice that you can select more than one option.

My primary response is that I am solitary by choice.  However, I have been known to work with others one-on-one as the occasion calls for it, so I'm also going with the ubiquitous "Other".   
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« Reply #39: March 27, 2008, 09:03:43 pm »

I just wonder how many Pagans practice in a group at all. I'm a newbie and don't have any experiences with Pagan groups.

Please notice that you can select more than one option.

I wasn't sure I should vote at all, being that I'm in that "research" phase, and and am not even active at this point.
In all likelihood, I'd like to try out a coven, but if it doesn't seem right for whatever reason, I'm more than willing to go solitary.

The biggest problem I have is family - I have a very Catholic wife, who, while fairly tolerant (she loves tarot cards and my runes and all that) I think she would draw the line at seeing me cast a circle in the basement and utter incantations to a different "god(ess)".
I'd hate to hide things from her, but I might have to work something like that out before I can get active.
Likewise, with a coven, I'd have to explain my goings out every esbat and sabbat.
I'd ask for advice, but something tells me this is fodder for a separate thread.
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« Reply #40: April 01, 2008, 11:17:02 pm »

I just wonder how many Pagans practice in a group at all. I'm a newbie and don't have any experiences with Pagan groups.

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Please name what kind of religion your group practices if it isn't obvious from your profile.
I usually get together with a group of other witches and Pagans.  I'm not solitary.  I haven't gotten together with them in a few months.   I feel more comfortable doing rituals with them than by myself.
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« Reply #41: April 07, 2008, 09:46:26 pm »

I practice solitary by choice, as I am very set in my beliefs and practices, and I like the ability to hold rites when and how I see fit.

I do, however, attend circles that I am invited to.
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« Reply #42: April 10, 2008, 05:24:32 pm »

I just wonder how many Pagans practice in a group at all. I'm a newbie and don't have any experiences with Pagan groups.

Please notice that you can select more than one option.

Please name what kind of religion your group practices if it isn't obvious from your profile.

I'm a solitary because I haven't found the right group yet.  I live in a small town where pagans are far and few between and the ones I have met are flaky and unreliable.  I used to live in Los Angeles where there was a greater pagan population but alas, I couldn't seem to find anyone "serious" enough to include in my workings.
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« Reply #43: April 10, 2008, 05:28:44 pm »

I am an initiate of a coven, but not all of my work is with them.  I practice solitary rituals and attend public functions occasionally. 
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« Reply #44: April 10, 2008, 05:50:24 pm »

I'm a solitary because I haven't found the right group yet.  I live in a small town where pagans are far and few between and the ones I have met are flaky and unreliable.  I used to live in Los Angeles where there was a greater pagan population but alas, I couldn't seem to find anyone "serious" enough to include in my workings.

I'm working to find the right group right now and I am so excited! I want to experience the energy that a group can provide, as well as the mentoring/teaching aspect. Don't get me wrong--I love solitary ritual, but there is something about finding deity along with others that I am missing.

I think it's hard to find a group too, as you are constantly having to deal with people that have watched one too many episodes of Buffy and Charmed and really want to practice magic, not a religion.
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