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« Reply #45: July 21, 2008, 01:32:05 am »

I don't think that's possible Wink

It really is.  One of my friends once pushed a red button at work because he didn't know what it did.  Luckily it wasn't wired up at that time.  If it had been, it would have summoned an armed response unit.
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« Reply #46: July 21, 2008, 09:53:03 am »


Very Short Version: Random Witchcraft.

Short Version: A blend of random traditions and faiths, which speak to me on a personal level, incorporated after careful consideration (and always crediting the source)

Long Version: I choose the label "Random Witchcraft" after being quite frustrated and confused as to which direction I wanted to go.  I love spirituality and would like to incorporate many practices, so the idea of being in one trad or one specific gig doesn't fly with me.  In my practice right now, I have Native American, Norse, (mainly Irish and Welsh) Celtic, and Wicca influences. I'm still carving out the small details, but hopefully I will soon have the entire practice established.   
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« Reply #47: July 21, 2008, 12:18:36 pm »

It really is.  One of my friends once pushed a red button at work because he didn't know what it did.  Luckily it wasn't wired up at that time.  If it had been, it would have summoned an armed response unit.

lol, well I guess there's always that kind of thing... Cheesy
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« Reply #48: July 21, 2008, 01:21:38 pm »

The tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.

The unnamable is the eternally real.
Naming is the origin
of all particular things.

That's pretty much where I am.  As soon as you fix something in your mind by definition or description, you have altered it.  I guess for me religions and/or Spiritual paths are metaphors; our way of getting a mental grip on the ungrippable.

Lovely poem, now I'll have to look up Taoism.  I'm only about twenty years behind in my reading. Wink

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« Reply #49: July 21, 2008, 02:18:47 pm »

I blame Koi!
I'm tempted to be different and Blame It on the Bossa Nova Cheesy.

The long version (which will probably ring bells for those who've been around TC for a while; I've had occasion to post it, with tweaks to update and/or fit the particular question being asked, several times):
- Animist
- Pantheist (absolutely not panentheist)
- Medium-hard polytheist who works with a thematic personal pantheon ("polytheist poached medium")
- Agnostic (i.e., I believe all these things, based on the evidence of experience, but I do not know them, and have doubts about whether they can be known absolutely - which doesn't stop me from asking the questions)
- Borderline atheist (depends on definition - I do not believe in a self-aware, volitional, omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent creator-of-everything)
- Eclectic neoPagan religious Witch. Influenced by many things, including Traditionalist Wicca/Witchcraft and Feri-derived material.
- Libertarian Witch (my trad), and therefore chthonurgist
- Discordian
- Cyberwitch
- Improvisational Magician
- rational mystic with a practice containing quite a bit of stuff that, for lack of a better term that's also communicative, could be considered shamanistic
- Humanist (if just one of these is "my religion", this is the one; the others are explanations of worldview and/or descriptors of praxis)

The medium version can be found in my profile-thingy to the left.

Short version:  Witch.

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« Reply #50: July 21, 2008, 06:06:28 pm »

That's pretty much where I am.  As soon as you fix something in your mind by definition or description, you have altered it.  I guess for me religions and/or Spiritual paths are metaphors; our way of getting a mental grip on the ungrippable.

Lovely poem, now I'll have to look up Taoism.  I'm only about twenty years behind in my reading. Wink

That's only about 1/2 a poem and there are 80 more of them. The quote I posted comes from the first one here(the version Koi was refering to, not very scholarly, but a good first read). I think the whole thing is worth at least one read. But then, I try to read one each morning and have so far gone through it, umm... quite a few times Smiley.
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« Reply #51: July 22, 2008, 10:51:52 am »

The quote I posted comes from the first one here

Saved, thank yew. Smiley

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« Reply #52: July 22, 2008, 12:50:57 pm »

I blame Koi!

"But I know...it's my own damn fault". Wink

My shortest path description is "I do some stuff".  Which is *true*, but not actually descriptive or helpful.

The (not terribly) short form is above my avatar.

The long form...I like Sunflower's idea of doing a list.  I don't think this'll make it into a sentence.

-Longtime member and now co-leader of a group (the Department) whose current version focuses on teaching, learning, learning with, being open to mystery, and keeping a sense of humor.  There's a shared astral realm and some of the members practice astral projection - this is where I got my first training in astral and coterminous work.  I've adapted some Departmental ideas into a personal path.  In addition, I work with currents related to standing in one's power (as a process), dialoguing with power, ambition, and having an intellectual bent.  Ish.

-My first pagan experience was with Wicca, which I later found out was actually Eclectic/NeoWicca.  I'm probably closer to the Neo side of things, although I'm interested in tradition and history and a lot of the "whatever you want to be" doesn't resonate.  On the other hand, polarity is an...interesting thing for me.  But one I keep poking at.

-I'm almost finished with a two year group Feri training and want to do advanced training with the same teacher.

-Thelemite, interested in syncretism with Feri.

-Devotee of a "thematic" pantheon - Wepwawet, Hekate, Scathach, Heru-Wer, Djehuty, Eshu, Brighid, Seshat, Hermes, Melek Taus, Nuit/Feri Star Goddess, Sobek, and maybe Set, as well as the NeoWiccan God and Goddess (which I see as facets of the Divine Twins, because I'm a heretic Smiley ).  I also work with Hawk and my fae ally.  I'm currently especially close to Wepwawet.  I tend to have a "devotional mystic" (thanks, SatAset) approach to the gods.

-Polytheist over medium.

-1* OTO initiate

- I work with place and spirits of place (including and especially urban places and nifty architecture).  I especially like set-apart and liminal places.

-As mentioned above, I do a lot of coterminous (multiple-worlds) work and this informs how I relate to place and my gods.

-I'm interested in historical syncretism in general, especially Greco-Roman-Egyptian.  I'm a member of Neos Alexandria.

-I'm eclectic striving to be syncretic.

-I practice a variety of different forms of magic, ranging from sigils and experimental stuff to NeoWiccan style spellwork and food magic to ceremonial rituals.

-I'm big on personal and domestic practice.

-I like listening to recons and am interested in how my gods were originally honored.  I also believe that the gods can change or at least be associated with modern things in the spheres of influence.  And I think experience and UPG is important and valid.

-I'm an aspiring techmage.

-My path is an omelet.



Ok, so that was really long and expository.  I'm one of those people who like labels - but use lots and lots for accuracy and depth.
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« Reply #53: July 23, 2008, 02:19:04 am »

It really is.  One of my friends once pushed a red button at work because he didn't know what it did.  Luckily it wasn't wired up at that time.  If it had been, it would have summoned an armed response unit.

All I can think of is "OOOHHH, shiny."  And that's the type of thing I get the urge to do on occassion.  And it's not often too well controlled, at least in the opinions of those around me.   Wink  But, hey, what's life without a few surprises now and then.
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« Reply #54: July 23, 2008, 07:34:37 pm »


This is a lot harder to puzzle through than I thought it would be.

The long version: atheist-raised, fascinated with Catholicism, influenced by saints and secular art, pantheist, hard polytheist, eclectic with an Indo-European thematic pantheon, perpetually religiously confused, queer and gender-variant (which are both quite important to my religious practice), and aspiring kitchen witch.

I shorten this to pagan, because most of the people asking don't actually want to hear me get into the particulars.
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« Reply #55: July 27, 2008, 07:22:49 pm »

I blame Koi!

My short version is Asatru/Norse Pagan.

The long version is "Asatru/Norse Pagan, studying Runelore who also was thwapped by Coyote and Eagle at an early age, uses techniques from Ceremonialism, Kitchen Witchery, technological magic, shamanism and other stuff I picked up in life". 

The fact that I was drawn to Norse mythology at an early age figures in as well, I started out an eclectic book-learned Pagan and I've studied a lot of different pathways. Norse fits, I'm also drawn towards Romuva (Lithuanian Paganism) and am looking for sources in English on that as well. (I do plan on learning to at least read Lithuanian, yes, eventually, it was my father's first language)
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