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Red-Headed Irish Hedgewitch
Magickal Path: Universal Mysticism
Age Group: Adult
Sun Sign: Pisces
Occupation: Medical Transcription
Relationship Status: Single
Sexual Orientation: Gay
Located in: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Likes: I love walks in the woods and the changes of seasons. Book stores and libraries are also two of my favorite places. I enjoy theater, movies, museums and spending quality time. I enjoy listening to Irish, New Age, Opera, Classical, Latin, and most music. Learning something new is always enjoyable, and my animal familiars are a major source of love and inspiration.
Dislikes: I have a disdain for self-righteous individuals of any persuasion. I simply do not understand right-wingers nor their politics. A phenomenon beyond my comprehension is a televangelist and their weak followers, especially those who support them while they are sitting in a jail cell. The Christian church, especially the Catholic church, does not conjure up a very positive image at all. Close-minded, judgemental types who never think outside the box are a real nusaince and worthy of staying away from. Don't ever throw trash out your car window!
Red-Headed Irish Hedgewitch's Profile...
My spiritual journey began in the Christian church as I felt it was my obligation to attend. Of course, I NEVER felt comfortable or welcome there. I also had too many questions that no one seemed to be able to answer. It also prohibited me from celebrating my being and seeing this life as sacred. Many things they considered sin, just happened to be part of my spirituality.
Although, I have always been Pagan in my heart, my next step was picking up a book on Buddhism while living in Mexico. An instant bond and fascination for the teachings of Buddha gave me a great sense of well-being, direction, and purpose. Buddhist philosopy and its emphasis on enlightenment and respect for the life we are currently living as well as the planet in general helped to solidify my now expanding concept of spirituality. There was no "soul saving." I did all I could to learn about and practice Buddhism.
Since Buddhism stepped out of Hinduism, much of the Hindu philosophy, mythology, and Gods and Goddesses all held an extreme fascination for me. The beautiful artwork, the teachings of the Bagavad Gita, Upanishads, and the Dhammapada were excellent grounding and teachings in my introduction to an even deeper understanding of eastern thought and mysticism. However, not being born in India (Indiana is a long way from India) , not being born into Hinduism, and feeling I had a lot to learn, how could I be Hindu?
With the advent of the internet and bookstores carrying more books on "alternative religions, " I was introduced to Wicca. Now, this seemed strangely familiar.
Wicca "hedged" on what I seemed to be practicing all along. It also applied to my western being and held great interest for me with my Irish lineage. With Wicca, I could choose my own path, hold sacred this life, planet and universe, honor nature in all of its forms, love and respect for animals, and combine both masculine and feminine energies. Also, my sexual preference was not a problem, and many people were able to actually use this as a spiritual awakening. Words like Karma, The Law of Three, reincarnation (rebirth) , meditation, art, dance, music, all combined as a sum of all parts.
As I began practicing Eclectic Wicca, I kept Buddha, Shiva, and Ganesha on the other side of the room. I guess I felt it was disrespectful to mix and match even though Wicca, Buddhism, and Hinduism were very similar in so many ways, each with its own offerings. I also thought I might offend someone who claims to be strictly Buddhist, Hindu, or even Wiccan. There seems to be some fundamentalisism even in the Wiccan community.
I think most Pagans pretty much agree that there is NOT one "right way, " so why was it necessary to separate? There are MANY Pagans and Wiccans who mix beliefs, Hindus choose various paths, and so do Buddhists. Even Christians have many many denominations. Although there are various distinctions concerning each path, they all hold a basic core belief to that particular religion.
Wiccas' reverence and respect for life, earth, animals, and the Oneness (interconnectedness) of the universe was perfectly in line with my beliefs.
For me, this concept is represented best in the Hindu God Shiva/Nataraja - Lord of the Dance. The cosmic swirl with a human face is the combination of both male and female deity yet lack of both. It is the beginning, the end, and the rebirth of life and our universe. It is kind of the Wiccan Lord and Lady all combined in one.
What best describes me is Pagan. My magical path (if it needs a name) is Universal Mysticism. I combine Buddhism, Hinduism, and Wicca as a means of connecting with divinity and the universe. I am a "Hedgewitch " using whatever ingredients improve the broth and heighten the sense of One. I simply attempt to know my place in the web of life.
My portal to the Divine is through nature, the eyes of an animal, the mysteries of the universe, and the call of the wild.
On a personal note...
I am pretty intolerable of intolerable people. I TRULY believe and practice the Wiccan Rede - "an it harm none, do what ye will." I feel prejudice and ignorance in all of its forms is a disgrace to our kind for not using what has been given us - a BRAIN!
Being gay, I have felt the prejudice of being different. Therefore, I believe, I am extremely sensitive to minorities and the trodden upon throughout history and the present. I am extremely thankful for being different and at times misunderstood as it has made me a better person.
I require time to myself to rejuvenate and connect spiritually. As I have an inherent distrust of organized religion of all kinds, I prefer my spiritual path to be one of a solitaire. Doing something someone else's way, repeating others chosen words, and practicing said rituals reminds me too much of Christianity. The freedoms of being Pagan and choosing my own path, I do NOT take lightly.
I would truly enjoy meeting some like-minded serious folks who at the same time have a great sense of humor.
I do believe that it is better to walk alone than to walk with fools. I do not involve myself with self-righteous individuals regardless of their persuasion. Game playing and changing a mask to fit the situation simply is not in the cards for me. I believe in true love, honesty, monogamy, and a balanced approach to life.
Prefering quality time to quantity time, my life would probably bore most bar flies to tears which is something I am very proud of! You could find me in the tranquility of my own home, a park, the woods, the lake or any body of water as I am Pisces. My animal familiars mean the world to me, and I thank them for the lessons of unconditional love, living and dying.
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