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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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What More Do You Want To Know About Paganism?
We hear time after time that Paganfolk want to see/read more in-depth articles/books about Paganism. Is there anything beyond Wicca/Witchcraft 101? Okay. Let's help them (whomever they may be) out here. What do YOU want to know more about? Magickal practices? A Pagan Philosophy of Life? Pagan History-ancient or modern? What is it that YOU want to know that you are just not getting information about? Be as specific as you can. Pretend that you are interviewing some Pagan of renown, either living or passed on and in any time era. What questions do you want him/her to answer?
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| How Do Different Pagans Search And Decide On His/her Particular "brand... ||Jan 1st. at 2:44:37 am EST|
|Cris (wappingers falls, New York US) ||Age: 35 - Email |
How do different pagans search and decide on his/her particular "brand" or way to follow a path?
| The Past Several Months I've Been Focusing On My Irish Heritage. I... ||Jan 1st. at 3:08:43 am EST|
|Lynne-Renee (rural St. Louis area, Missouri US) ||Age: 29 - Email |
The past several months I've been focusing on my Irish heritage. I know there's loads of Celtic materials out there and I've read MUCH. However, I never seem to find a really good anthology of Irish Celtic myths-especially regarding less familiar goddesses and/or gods. The Matthews have lots of info translated from Irish texts. They just never seem to be complete or even more than a mention. I suppose that's because that's all there is???
Also, I have the addresses of a couple of universities, one in Ireland and the other in England that can supply original texts. Has anyone out there done this? I once sent away for something similar that was very costly and was just mimeographed pages of illegible mush that I couldn't read. I can't read Irish, either--that's another thing I'm slooowly learning.
Anyone w/ suggestions or experience in finding tales other than the usual Cuchulain-Conchobar-The Tain Bo-Carmina Gadelica??? I'd really like a couple of good ones.
| Hi! Blessings And Light In The New Year To All! I'm Very... ||Jan 1st. at 12:51:06 pm EST|
|Whitefeather (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario CA) ||Age: 16 - Email |
Hi! Blessings and Light in the New Year to all! I'm very new to the Pagan/Wiccan scene, but I love what I've finally found. One of my many questions is what is channelling? Is that the same as grounding after a ritual?
Also, how important is it to find your spirit helpers/guides? I'm on the verge of trying to find mind, and I don't want to think I've missed the greatest thing in my life if I can't find them. Thanks! Whitefeather
| I Always Say I Am Thirsty For More Knowledge About Paganism But... ||Jan 1st. at 2:32:37 pm EST|
|Moonlight Morgan (Windsor, Ontario CA) ||Age: 17 - Email |
I always say I am thirsty for more knowledge about Paganism but when asked exactly what I want to know, I can't tell you. But let me think about it for a moment. Maybe I can come up with a short list of things I want to know more about. Ah yes, its coming to me now!!
I want to learn more about:
Mystical and Magickal Beings History that is easy to understand and not long and monotonous.(sp?)
Good spells (not "popular" or "love" but spells to help other people, the earth, the whole world. Not ones that will improve my life.
Well, my mind has gone blank again.
| Where Do I Begin? I Began Studying/practicing Witchcraft When I Was... ||Jan 1st. at 4:56:40 pm EST|
|GeoWitch (San Francisco, California US) ||Age: 21 - Email |
Where do I begin?
I began studying/practicing witchcraft when I was 13 (a good 8 years ago) so I'm still sort of new, but I've exhausted every book and website I can get my paws on. Here's what I'd like to see:
Pagan novels. Not fantasy novels with witches shooting fire from their fingertips, or vampire stories with a wiccan character thrown in. A novel about a realistic, average pagan who maybe solves murder mysteries.
101 and/or advanced books for pagans who don't live near nature. I can't be the only pagan out there who lives in a metro area - the closest I get to wildlife is mice in the subway.
Pagan philosophy, theory, psychology. There is a lot more to Wicca than the rede; Pagans have different perceptions of life, religion, reality than people of other faiths. Paganism is a growing culture that is rarely recognized.
And as was mentioned before, more history!
I know I'm partly responsibile for these books not being on the shelves (if I want this stuff so bad, why don't I write a book about it?), but you asked :)
Happy New Year,
| Yes And No Is The Answer To This Question. While I Do... ||Jan 1st. at 10:35:51 pm EST|
|Night's Aqua Tiger (Liverpool, New York US) ||Age: 16 - Email |
Yes and no is the answer to this question. While I do wish that more in depth books were avaliable to me, there is the whole problems that someone just in the Craft for kicks could go medling and screwing around. As a teen seeing that happen would be quite scary cause I'm not sure I'd know where to go for advice on dealing with the situation. Granted I know the Lord and Lady could interfer with the spell but it's always been my belief they don't interfer unless we have tried everything else first.
So is there a way to write books and have them avaliable to the general public, and yet have a safe guard against this sort of happening?
Maybe, if we complied those type books into a person's home in an area, and then were able to borrow them without necissarily joining a group or anything but there's all sorts of legal stuff that that can cause. Anyways I'm not sure how we could do it and prevent people who are interested in ideas like the ones in the movie The Craft to actually go through the studying process.
| I Am The Type Of Person That Loves To Learn And Especially... ||Jan 2nd. at 12:17:30 am EST|
|NightFire (Baton Rouge, Louisiana US) ||Age: 18 - Email |
I am the type of person that loves to learn and especially loves to read- so when it comes to being Pagan, I feel that these come in handy. I read everything about PAganism that I can get my hands on. I find that there is tons of information out there that I find covers not only the basics, but a lot of more advanced/ deeper (however you want to put it) Pagan-related subjects, but I do find that though they are sometimes difficult to understand, that is what makes it interesting (at least for me). One thing that I have learned lately- which I do not find is stressed all that much in today's Pagan community and/or in Pagan readings is that a lot of the past-the-basics info is found in nature around us and through practice.... It actually took me a while to realize that not everything about Paganism can be learned in books, on the net, etc. I find that there is too much stress put on doing things a particular way, or with particular materials, etc. and not enough stress put on exploring things (nature, the way you want to practice, ritual, energy, magick, etc.) yourself...
Also, I find that there is so much to learn from others that cannot always be put down on paper... With today's ready-to-sue-you attitude, I find that Paganism is taking a big blow. There is so much to learn from other's- their experiences, their failures, their traditions, etc. that you can't always find in a book or on the net... Paganism has been in the closet for so long that I think many are afraid to come out and share...
| As A Writer In/for This Community, You Should All Know That... ||Jan 2nd. at 8:25:11 am EST|
|Trish Telesco (Western, New York US) ||Age: 40 - Email |
As a writer in/for this community, you should all know that we ARE listening. I isaw this survey and immediately emailed it to one of my publishers so they too could keep in touch with what our people need/want.
202 books are definitely a new venue but as someone here pointed out, it's one with some drawbacks (namely making sure the information doesn't get used by people looking for fast power instead of real responsibility, or minimally that it's presented in such a way as to encourage the responsibility necessary for advanced workings).
Cultural books get difficult because so many publishers see them as too narrow for a large reading audience -- so perhaps a book that examines a variety of cultural paths in a comparative setting (that leads to more focused efforts) would be one idea.
Ritual and spell books have been done to death so the key here is finding a new way to say old things LOL.
Urban books are becomming more prevalent and I'm excited to say you guys can expect some technomagick books in your future (smile).
Finally I do want to see more books that blend science with magick to provide some solid foundations.
| Greetings! (f) As Someone Who Is New To The Pagan Scene, And... ||Jan 2nd. at 10:59:51 am EST|
|AndmeO (Preston, Lancashire, England UK) ||Age: 27 - Email |
As someone who is new to the pagan scene, and as a lover of interfaith dialog generally, I would like to see more ancient history notes and practical connections spelt out, that might enable me to trace where the common ground exists between various pagan & non-pagan traditions... From having so many wonderful people cross my spiritual path, Im tempted to think that people are not so very different at heart really... As someone who is new to the pagan scene, I cannot but help admire the diversity of expression on the one hand and the acceptance for such individual diversity on the other. Since your site serves to inform the unimformed as to the nature of the multifaceted phenomena that many term "paganism", it might be helpful to have a section that could dispell the myths and prejudices as to what the public think paganism is and is not... A section on the main branches of tradition might also be helpful, as many - like me - are guilty of lumping pagans altogether for lack of knowing anything about individual schools of thought...
Happy New Year, and Blessings upon you all! (F)
| I Have Many Questions, But To Only Ask One I Would Have... ||Jan 2nd. at 1:17:42 pm EST|
|heather d keckler (forest, Ohio US) ||Age: 29 - Email |
i have many questions, but to only ask one i would have to ask, how can a solitary practioner tap into the psychic abilities one has?
| I Am Still Relatively New To Witchcraft, But I Have Read Every... ||Jan 2nd. at 2:50:29 pm EST|
|Moonsong (Watertown, New York US) ||Age: 19 - Email |
I am still relatively new to witchcraft, but I have read every book and webpage I can get my hands on, and have had many a theological discussion with others of like mind. but that still doesn't seem enough, what I would like to see is more books on the theological and spiritual aspect of paganism and wicca. not those boring old dust covered books I find in the library filled with so many old out of date phrases and "dark, hidden occult" secrets.
I would love to read discussions of modern day beliefs and theological practices, of women and men of the 20th and now.. 21st century. not things hidden behind spells and alter designs, and rituals, but the basic beliefs.
how is the goddess and god envisioned here, what are other's opinions of karma and the three fold law, how does the rede apply to your beliefs ?exactly what are this traditions beliefs on "creationism" and "evolution"
I've heard a million times before, the best way to learn and build your own ideas, you have to read everything about everything and draw what strikes you as true into your own system. And I believe that, I have my own ideas and beliefs, but I'm curious of what others believe.
| Intelligent Treatises Of Pagan Philosophy, Theology, Ethics And Metaphysics. How-tos Are Good... ||Jan 2nd. at 2:55:49 pm EST|
|horse (Missoula, Montana US) ||Age: 26 - Email |
Intelligent treatises of pagan philosophy, theology, ethics and metaphysics. How-tos are good for the beginner, or those wishing to explore new paths, but what I really find lacking in our community are the works of thought that move a religion into the mainstream.
Questions I would like to see treated in a logical, coherent way are things like: what is the nature of the pagan soul, the pagan idea of Karma, the pagan consciousness. Also, meatier questions of pantheism, deism, spiritual planes, spirits and elementals. Questions of the physical, metaphysical and other workings of Magick.
I am looking for original thought applied to these questions, not the same ideas rehashed in a slightly different manner. I know that these are sensitive questions that have a very divisive potential, but I think it is important to get pagans really thinking about these things. These are the kinds of questions you can spend a lifetime wrestling with, if you have to 'go it alone', but with a community rich in intellectual thought, we should be able to make some sense of the world in a distinctly pagan way.
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