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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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Definately Pagan Mar 3rd. at 12:33:00 am EST

Steph (Midwest City OK) Age: 31 - Email

I am NeoPagan. I tried Heathenry on for size for a while, but it didn't fit. So I went back to being Pagan, but I am strongly influenced by the things that I learned on that side of the fence.

My initial attraction to this was my own paranormal experiences. I wanted a place where that was okay, and that did not define me as evil. I was disappointed that there were not more people like me (which is very specific and not to be spoken of here) but I loved other aspects of Paganism so much, that it did not matter as much as a positive self image, a personal, reciprocal relationship with divinity and ancestors, and (drum roll please) access to juicy, forbidden knowledge.

People it seemed knew what I was before I did. Of course I was stranger than a two tailed cat as a kid, so perhaps it was less sure than it sounded and just people being judgemental, not knowing I would take words like "Witch, " and "occult" to heart. I have been active in this community for 10 years. So I am no newbie, but I am not really an elder either.

The most satisfying aspect of this for me is my acceptance of myself. Before I was rejected for my unmentioned strangeness. I was labled unpleasant things for a variety of reasons, and after a while, I began to believe it. Its a common enough phenomena. I was able to cast off the fears of others, and take up my own identity through Paganism. I was able to discover, acknowledge, and nurture (for the first time) the sacred parts of myself, and through that, I could discern divine powers at work in the world. I could see this existance as joyous and purposeful rather than demeaning or worthless. My renewal made the world new again too.

Why I Am Me Mar 2nd. at 11:53:20 pm EST

Erinna Fairchild (Killeen Texas) Age: 28 - Email

The question, " Why are you Pagan" is an easy one to answer, because it's who I am. It's the only thing in this life that makes sense to me. It explains all and is all. It's the sky above, the ground below and everything in-between. My question to others would be " Why are you not?"

Why I Am A Heathen Mar 2nd. at 9:15:06 pm EST

Walks the Hidden Path (Biddeford, ME) Age: 26 - Email

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, ... Oh wait, wrong movie. Uh, I have always been someone who did not believe in the teachings of the Catholic church. There seemed to be far too much hypocrisy in their teachings, though I did not know the word at the time.

Then, I began to have visions of things in the past, future and possible futures that did not fit into my world view in the power of the Christian God. My path took a different turn when I first heard a Native American drum song. From then on, I sought a closer connection to the primal energies of nature and my link within it.

Now I am a practising Shamaness, have been learning from a local coven and been teaching others how to take meditative journeys beyond the veil.

Christian Reject Mar 2nd. at 8:38:34 pm EST

Ayianna (Irving, Texas) Age: 18 - Email - Web

I was raised by two Baptist parents, neither of whom were very Christian. The people at the churches weren't very Christian either. At 6 I was sent to some kind of kids convention to learn about God and be converted. No one mentioned the fact that children, according to the Christian beliefs, are blameless and are already forgiven until they are 8. I grew up like that, being taught false things and finding them out. I continued, until I realised that the Christian religion, while containing some truth, was a construction of men. So I kept learning about many things. I was pulled into someone else's dreams by a vampiric friend of mine, dreamwalking as I did when I was younger and not taught that is something that is 'not possible'. I didn't think myself a witch then, when I began charging a shell bracelet and metal jewelry, but looking back, that's what it was. That was nearly 7 years ago. I began then to reflect on things, seeing wisps in the dark coming into my window, ghosts moving through the house, things I hadn't yet touched falling on the floor, and joining my brother or sister for dreams. I suppose I used to be a center for activity in that house. I was a witch all along.

The part about being who and what I am that is most satisfying is that I never stop questioning what is out there, always searching for fiction to kill and truth to be found. My biggest achievement recently was realising that all religions worship the same God.

Merry part and Blessed be!

Pagan...most Definitely Mar 2nd. at 7:55:27 pm EST

Rowan (Newport News, VA) Age: 31 - Email

I was raised by a non-practicing Catholic mother. I think she was disillusioned and a little disgusted by the Catholic church. She was also open-minded, compassionate and free-thinking, and this is how she raised me and my siblings. While we were sent to church camp, it was done more so as a way to keep us busy in the summer than it was to teach us the bible. I tried to pay attention in bible study those summers, but it never really clicked. Years later as a teen, I found a book about wicca/witchcraft, read it and bells began to go off in my head. While I didn't start on my path to the Goddess then, it planted the seed. It was always in the back of my mind, and when I finally freed myself from the 10 year relationship with a catholic man who scoffed and silently scorned my pagan beliefs, I began to actively study and pray, and practice. The Goddess had been waiting patiently all those years, I believe, until I was ready to take the step and open myself to a spiritual connection with Her. Since then, my life has been greatly enriched and I learn and discover more about Her and myself every day. I was born a pagan, it just took me a while to realize it.

Default Pagan Mar 2nd. at 7:30:54 pm EST

Tedd Savage (Everetts, NC) Age: 51 - Email

I worship the Goddess, because she was the only one who has spoken to me. I have done a lot of silly speaking to a lot of deaf ears. The Goddess speaks and tells me that I am not silly. No great thing this, we pay attention to those who pay attention to us. We love those who love us. I listen to her, because I love her. I searched for her until I remembered her voice. The others could not speak to me , they did not have her voice. If the sound of a certain voice can enchant, rest assured her voice is indeed enchanting. Perhaps the harsh croaks of the others is pretty to other ears, I do not know for I am
enchanted. Blessed be.

Thanks To The Christian Faith Mar 2nd. at 3:07:03 pm EST

Sloopz (Scotland) Age: 17 - Email

For me it started when i was 7 I was rebelous and was forced to go to church as my parents are strict christians they made me sit in the services and the pastor one George McKimm was talking about paganism and how it represents the "Devil" so i started studying it. I quit the church when I was 12 and studied it more but when I was 15 I started church again anbd got baptised after 3 weeks as a christian the pastor talked about Wicca and how he was trying to get rid of the witches, wiccans etc in Falkirk and I was agaisnt this, I quit the church again and when I found out my friend HoZ did witchcraft I decided to study wicca in more detail and I helped her out with what she does. The main reason I quit the church was I found that christianty ( well the christianity I knew) was full of Racists and hyprocrits and would you believe that the church I attended one Peoples Church of Falkirk are still trying to get rid of paganism but most of there energy is based on me.

Anyway the most satisfying thing about it is the good we do to mother nature and the enviroment and the enjoyment of watching George Mckimm struggle

To Love And To Obey??? Mar 2nd. at 1:32:20 pm EST

mary (ohio) Age: 26 - Email

I was raised a fundamentalist Christian.... but i always had ideas and theologies of my own... i stiffled them to avoid confrontatin with my dad (and i still do) . I followed the Christian pat as a normal American teen would, meaning i went to church with my parents... didn't have sex, drink or smoke because i was afraid i would go to hell. i never understod why my mom, who was almost raped by a pastor, was beat in the name of Jesus and was so submisive to my dad but she still went to church. Then i went to a Christian University.

At the University, my first semester was filled with Church, prayer groups and being "filled" with the holy spirt. I fell in love, he was/is a Christian, but like me, he was raised by the same kind of parents but his parents were worse, at least mine treated me like they loved me. But it's not the Churches fault and thankfully i know more "good" Christians than "bad. We began having sex and got married I even said "to love and obey" because i knew how the family would feel if i didn't.

I've always thought the woman should be equal with the man, not better, just equal. I'll my life i have watched submissive woman and i could never understand why they let someone else control them. I grew up on a farm and have always been close with nature. And i've always wondered why Eve was punished for wanting to know the truth, when the Bible always preaches of knowing the truth.

one day, bored at home, i was surfing the net, i'd lost all faith in just about everything. And somehow i ended up on a site... like i was lead there... it had a link to the Celtic connection and i began to read (in 2000) ... feeling my hope and faith rise up in me like it was ment for me. I studied for a year.. diging threw good and bad sites, learning... finally one day we were having some serious money problems like we had always had and our prayers to the Christian God just werent and never were answered. I did a spell... it worked miricles it felt good and i didn't feel that submisivness i had always felt when i prayed as a Christina... i was finaly working With God not begging him to do something for me.....and i never looked back. Looking back... i never recall having any of my Christian prayers answered.... most of my "spells" work.... not that it's about getting what you want... but it's nice to worship someone who listens. Even mom and dad say yes every now and again if they think you know best for you.

It Came Naturally Mar 2nd. at 1:26:34 pm EST

Kathleen (Dayton, OH) Age: 47 - Email

I suppose I have been a Pagan all my parents never really tried very hard to keep me "in the church". My grandmother seemed to take on the resposibility for my "religious" affiliation, and yes, she occasionally took me to church - and pointed out all the beauty in the stained glass, the wall hangings, the gardens. The gardens were our favorite. She had extensive gardens of her own, flowers and herbs and vegetables. She taught me how to nurture life, care for its needs, and admire and utilize all its beauty in the spaces of her gardens. She also taught me to respect nature and honor the earth...she told me stories of her mother's home, Ireland, the faery, the leprechaun and the spirit...and in her garden sat a statue of a beautiful woman, surrounded by the most glorious of her flowers and vines. My grandmother was a Wicca - never out of the broomcloset, not even to me. She passed me onto a friend who taught me the basic Rede and Rule when I was old enough to understand. She threw in a bit of divination, protections, kitchen witchery and cats before she passed into the Summerlands. The rest came naturally to me as I grew in the ways of respect for the Old Ways, and with a lot of study, learning (because they are definately two very different concepts!) and practice.
I have grown into a Solitary, just as my mentors were, and the Path is beautiful and rewarding to me. The calm of my own gardens gives me ease. The beautiful Lady is no more a statue, but Someone with Whom I choose to share my life and to love and worship, as well as the Lord she loves and brings forth. I practice Ritual, Sabbat and Esbat in privacy and peace and love...and as my grandmother, honor those who have gone before and still remain. I use my Power to heal, all life with which I am presented. And in Healing, with Power, I find my greatest joy.
Blessed Be!

Practicing Wiccan Mar 2nd. at 12:50:13 pm EST

Tricia Akins (Abilene Tx) Age: 28 - Email

I love being wiccan, I mean I love everything about it. I was raised baptist and I really never felt comfortable sitting in church. I was always antsy I never could sit still. It made my mom so mad at me, but I couldn't help it .I couldn't wait to get out of there. I pretty much had religion cramed down my throat all my life. So when I heard about wicca I decided to study and learn about it and I love it. I love that I don't have to sit in a church to worship. I can be at home skyclad or what ever I feel comfortable with and never think about what sin Im commiting or not.I can focus my energies on something else.More worth while things like nature and astrology. Infact my husband is just starting to learn more and more everyday and he loves it just as much as I do.

Practicing Wiccan Mar 2nd. at 12:48:11 pm EST

Tricia Akins (Abilene Tx) Age: 28 - Email

I love being wiccan, I mean I love everything about it. I was raised baptist and I really never felt comfortable sitting in church. I was always antsy I never could sit still. It made my mom so mad at me, but I couldn't help it .I couldn't wait to get out of there. I pretty much had religion cramed down my throat all my life. So when I heard about wicca I decided to study and learn about it and I love it. I love that I don't have to sit in a church to worship. I can be at home skyclad or what ever I feel comfortable with and never think about what sin Im commiting or not.I can focus my energies on something else.More worth while things like nature and astrology. Infact my husband is just starting to learn more and more everyday and he loves it just as much as I do.

Poet2poet Mar 2nd. at 10:08:54 am EST

Joyce (Arizona) Age: 54 - Email

I was raised a Catholic and never could GET IT! When I grew up I searched for a long time for a faith, a feeling that i was connected to the universe and all it's creatures...........ones you could see and ones you couldn't..........and it wasn't until I started looking into Wicca that I felt really at peace, like I was truly one with all living things. I feel accepted as a beautiful person, a woman with gifts to give to everyone and especially myself. I find paganism to be the answer to ALL! I have friends, a lover, a fabulous life. I am at one with ALL. The Goddess ia alive and well and lives within my heart!

Blessed Be!

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