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Question: How long have you defined yourself as Pagan?
for less than a year - 8 (11.8%)
for over a year - 17 (25%)
for over 5 years - 15 (22.1%)
for over 10 years - 16 (23.5%)
for over 20 years - 11 (16.2%)
for over 40 years - 0 (0%)
I don't see myself as Pagan - 1 (1.5%)
Total Voters: 67

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« Reply #7: June 08, 2008, 11:01:56 am »

Clarification for voting
The poll voting is about when have you defined yourself as Pagan - not when you've started to be interested in Pagan stuff (without labeling yourself as one) nor when you came out of the closet with that label (but have seen yourself as one secretly before).

Some points for discussion if you like
What made you decide to define yourself as Pagan as opposed to someone who is just interested in myths, history, nature, meditation, esoteric stuff etc.?
  • Have you pondered that label for a while or did you suddenly discover it and had some sort of key experience that just made you think 'Yes, that is it what I was searching all along.'?
  • Did it give you a sense of belonging to a community or was it just a label for your own identity and you didn't care if you'd fit into the community?

This was hard for me to vote on, b/c my path is too twisty for the parameters of the poll. I could put over 40 yrs, as a person who was raised by pagan parents, but I rejected all labels entirely when I was in my late teens/early twenties, and was not practicing anything but the 12 steps as a spiritual program, until my mid 30s, when I began thinking of myself as pagan again. I was having a lot of experiences with Goddess before that time, but still was unwilling to define myself by anyone else's standards or ideas. I think what made me come back to it when I did was becoming a mother, and my experiences with Kali after my dad died. I didn't start looking for or needing community until about 5 years ago.

Goddess grant me:
  The power of Water,
  to accept with ease & grace what I cannot change.

  The power of Fire,
  for the energy & courage to change the things I can.

  The power of Air,
  for the ability and wisdom to know the difference.

  And the power of Earth,
  for the strength to continue my path.

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