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Magickal Path: Solitary Eclectic
Age Group: Adult
Sun Sign: Libra
Occupation: Religious Education
Relationship Status: Married
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Located in: Bethesda, Maryland
Likes: Mythology, spirituality, folklore, literature, music, and the performing arts.
Erica S.'s Profile...
I have been walking a pagan path and practicing magick as a solitary for about 8 years. I bring my experience finding my own way in this path, along with over 10 years experience in education for all developmental levels, professional storytelling, music and writing to my passion for pagan spirituality and what I believe it offers to the world at this critical time. I currently work full time as a liberal religious education professional.
In 2009 I started a peer group called the Moonlit Grove Initiates, which met for a good five years. I started it because I was solitary, not necessarily by choice, but because I needed spiritual community but initially couldn't not find one that felt safe as a beginner. Schools and covens seemed to be fiercely tradition-bound, and I wasn't ready to be limited so early on. I struggled to find a teacher or mentor I truly felt I could trust, often feeling frustrated because the information I encountered did not seem to meet the research standards I was accustomed to. For people like me who tend to lead with the cerebral, trying to find a footing in any faith can be a real challenge, let alone one that expects you to be able to do magick! A few of us self-named "initiates" had our first experiences with group energy work, ritual, spellwork, spirit communion, and personal spiritual practice through the courage we gained by supporting each other.
It was a great experience. MGI went through periods of flux, and I personally struggled with the liminal space of being essentially a leader among people I considered friends and spiritual family. We've all pretty much gone our separate ways, onto our own paths which have solidified over the time we got to know each other. Several of us are still friends, and a few of us have gone on to find a spiritual home in other groups.
I currently still practice as a solitary, although I'm newly a member of the Universal Temple of Spirits, a trance-possession tradition. I sometimes think about starting another peer group for solitaries again.
I am very interested in issues affecting pagans worldwide and in supporting a possible pagan infrastructure.
I am ordained through the Universal Life Church, and can perform legal weddings in several states including Maryland, and of course handfastings as well as handpartings.
If there is one area of magick in which I feel somewhat "gifted, " it's in the areas of protection, cleansing and healing. I'm the kind of person who is often a buffer around various energies.
As such, I suppose my interest has grown in this more, although I still hope to gain more "glamorous" abilities. Meanwhile, though, I am happy to offer my services, such as they are, to anyone who might need help doing a house blessing or things of that nature. I kind of feel it's a calling, so don't be afraid to reach out.
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