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Magickal Path: Pagan/Exploring
Age Group: Adult
Sun Sign: Taurus
Occupation: Family Childcare Assistant
Relationship Status: Single
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Located in: Fairfield, California
Likes: The feeling of wet earth beneath my toes, the color of plants when its raining, being wrapped in a blanket when its freezing cold, wind against my face, the feel of paper between my fingers, the smell of a brand new book, writing, and my friends.
Dislikes: Narrowminded people, people who try to control me by criticizing everything I do, people who boss me around, being stuck inside for days at a time, and stifling heat. I hate the heat.
Aya Ravensong's Profile...
I am a young woman who is nearly 21 years old and I would like to be called Aya Ravensong. I'm not new to paganism per se. I've been studying it off and on for the past 7 years. I guess the better way to describe it would be that I'm still a little naive about it.
Firstly let me tell you what draws me to Paganism.
Ever since I was a child I've always felt a connection to the earth. I would spend hours, barefoot in my yard, catching the last few rays of the sun before it set and I was banished indoors. Some days, I would sit on my front steps, jacketless, shivering in the cold just because I didn't want to go inside yet.
I've never been very religious. My stepmother would take my sisters and I to church sometimes when we were younger, but I always found myself too bored to listen. We also used to pray, but as we stopped going to church, we fell out of the habit of praying as well. When my stepmother passed, religion was completely removed from my family's life. We all believed in God, but the topic never came up. In middle school, I actually decided that I didn't believe in God anymore. I decided that the whole christian religion made no sense to me, and it even came to a point where I would mock it.
I first heard about Wicca in passing. In the 8th grade, a friend of mine told a joke. She said that in order to annoy her mother, she'd said that she'd become a Wiccan. She and her mother had both been under the impression that it was some type of satanic cult, as too many people are. At the time I'd had no idea what it was, but I pushed it from my mind as the conversation went on. A year later, I'd just thought of it randomly one day and decided to google it. It had completely blown my mind. It was one hundred percent different from what I'd expected.
It was about the earth and the world around you, it was about the magick that flows through you and every other natural thing in the world, it was about using that magick in a benevolent way to work in your favor and the favor of others. It was about devoting yourself to the natural, tangible earth that has done everything for you, giving you life, sustaining that life, feeding, even clothing you. As opposed to threatening you into giving your devotion (by way of eternal damnation) to an entity who may have existed, but may not have been all that he is said to be.
Honestly, it was everything I could have asked for in a religion, albeit more complicated than I'd anticipated. It was something I could believe in and put my whole heart into. I could have devoted my studies to it. However my family didn't quite agree with me on the subject. My father said he didn't care if this was what I chose to believe in, but he refused to support it. And my sisters chastised and even ridiculed me for considering it. I've always been the word one. I've always been the black sheep. I've spent most of my life with confidence issues that psychologists can only dream that they could write books about. So without the support of my family, and my friends' indifference to it hardly feeling like support, I all but gave up the idea of pursuing it.
I haven't exactly overcome my previous self-consciousness about it. It is still a bit of a sore spot. However, I think I've finally come to a place where I'm sick of pretending that this isn't a part of me anymore. I'm finally ready to "get over it" and just deal with the consequences. I've always known that paganism is the unbeaten path. There will always be more people who look down on us with scrutiny than openly accept our difference. I haven't really learned to not let it hurt me, so much as that I'm ready for what this journey has in store. I'm almost eager for it to have an effect on me, not because I want to feel judged or like I'm not good enough. But because I want to have the experience, learn from it, and grow as a person.
So now here I am, nearly 7 years later, ready as I'll ever be and more than willing to divulge myself into my studies. I'm here looking for a teacher, a guide, and a companion on this journey. My name is Aya Ravensong, I'm 21 years old, and I'm ready to take my first step.
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