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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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Why Are You A Pagan or Heathen?
Why are you a Pagan or Heathen? What first attracted you to the Pagan/Heathen religion or path? How or where did you find out about Paganism?
How long have you considered yourself to be a Pagan/Heathen?
What is the most satisfying or meaningful aspect of the Pagan/Heathen religion, path or lifestyle for you?
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| To Be Or Not To Be, Good Question ||Mar 3rd. at 12:19:51 pm UTC|
|RafenCat (Parsonsfield, Maine) ||Age: 33 - Email |
I choose to be a Pagan for several reasons. While Christianity has it's good and bad points it is constrictive in several ways. Put simply, I've always had a problem with the Catholic wedding vows where the bride gives up life and limb and the groom simply says, "I do" since he's got the better end of the deal anyway. And the all or nothing ideals. Take one step in the Pagan direction and you are a sinner for life, but come back and "repent" and all is forgiven. ON the other hand Paganism has such a grounding effect on the lives it touches. We are who we are and it doesn't matter where you came from or what you've been through, it's that aspect that makes us stronger. Nature brings us to the beginning of all things and with the seasonal changes we evolve with each change. We are one with the Goddess, we are one with the Earth. And being a parent, with the first breath of life nature is in control and our job is to nurture. I kind of compare it to hearing that you are pregnant for the first time. You don't know wether to laugh, cry or scream but the end result is the same, you smile, you worry, you eventually have the utmost responsibility. Becoming a Pagan was a decition I made before I had a child and it made the transition to parent easy. I love transforming season to season and seeing it all through the eyes of a child is like being reborn again into wonder. And all that we lose when we grow up is again revealed as new, and magical. So naturally I wouldn't have it any other way. To be one with nature, one with learning things for the first time all over again and blessed in so many ways by the Goddess. Teach a child to love nature and they carry it for life, teach a child through the eyes of a child and a parent is reborn as well!
| I Think I Came That Way ||Mar 3rd. at 1:44:32 pm UTC|
|Eclipse (Virginia) ||Age: 25 - Email |
I was lucky enough to be born into a pretty laid-back Protestant family. I went to Sunday school and played Mary in the Xmas pagent, but was never particularly devout, mainly because a lot of the religious teachings made no sense to me. My parents, directly and indirectly, imparted some important bits of spiritual advice to me as a child. 1. What you believe in is not nearly as important as how you live. 2. Reason is far superior to blind faith; God gave you a brain--use it! I always had an interest in comparative religions, and, while in elementary school, started researching the historical side of Witchcraft. I didn't start learning about Wicca as a modern religion until high school. My parents gave me my first book on the subject as a Christmas gift (how's that for irony?) . Once I started reading about it, I discovered that I had been doing some of it since I was a little kid, without ever knowing what it was: raising energy, protective circles, visualization, scrying--I used to see some freaky things in the patterned ceiling tiles above my bed. It just sort of went from there because it felt so natural. I'm pretty much in the closet, but, strangely enough, sometimes when the subject of religion comes up among accquaintances or co-workers, someone will look at me and say, with all seriousness, "I think you should be a Witch." I don't know why. I dont' talk about it and I look pretty conservative. My closer friends who do know sometimes joke that I should just have "Yes, I am a Witch" tattooed across my forehead.
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