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    Quote Originally Posted by Aeryn View Post
    My very earliest memories are of me walking around with a "wand" pretending to be a good witch, somehow I knew there were real witches who were not how TV made them appear.
    I did that too!!!
    But I also read a book two years ago called I am Morgan Le Fey which had an emphasis on the tri-fold goddess. That made me interested in paganism and I began doing research.

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    Many Paths find a belief in God's and Godesses who are not visible. I could not see them and as such they were blind faith to me..Just accepting.

    I wanted to believe in powers I could see and hear. Like The Forests, The Sun, The Moon,Streams..Rivers and Oceans, Thunder and Rain.

    These things became my Pantheon of Gods and Goddesses. It was from there a very short step to develop my Spirituality .which ironically now freely accepts things unseen

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    After having been a Christian for like 5 or 6 years, the concept of exclusionary salvation or salvation only for those who believed was beginning to get to me. Just so I don't end up rambbling, the pagan path really attracted me because it places the power of your future in your hands. Here, you don't need to endlessly beg for a god/goddess to fulfill your will if it's in his/her will; you need to take the initiative on your own to make that happen.
    Oh, and the spell work, magick, energy manipulation, and work with elements and nature are definitely a plus!
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    Well it's kinda complicated for me. I grew up with VERY Christian folks...and well they weren't really good people. My father was into child porn, and step-mom into hitting. Both drank a lot and both liked messin with your emotions and thoughts. I'm still having self esteem issues because of them but my hubby's been a HUGE help. In fact it was his family that got me out and showed me life isn't supposed to like that. So all in all they really pushed me away from Christianity which got me to study and explore other religions. When I came across Paganism I just new it was right, kinda like when you know you've found your true love or something. Or like when your pg and you grave something specific and nothing else can satisfy you. I was addicted to it from the start. I loved the fact that you choose what you believe and no one can tell you you have to believe something else you'll go to hell or whatever. How you have freedom, and how it can uplift your body and soul. How things are made more sense of, and how you conect with everything in life on a whole new level. How it shows nothings impossible and there's always a way to cope with the negative things and make your dreams come true. Just everything about "it" attracks me to "it".

    Well that's my story anyways.
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    The Standing Stones at first captured my imagination ,Shortly followed by an interest in The Culture and the Beliefs of the People who erected them.
    We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.
    We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

    - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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    So I maybe be considered one of those ppl that were interested in paganism because of Buffy, Angel, or Charmed (actually all 3 for me). I grew up in a very Christian home, going to church all the time with my grandparents and stuff, I just kinda fell away from the religion because I didn't feel it was right for me.

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    As a relatively new pagan, it's gotta be the running around naked in the forest.

    Nah, it just sort of called to me as a child and witnessing my mother's very Celtic themed wedding sealed the deal; the priest, the alter, the elements, the Goddess... It felt so right, like kissing a boy out in the rain.
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    I have always felt a connection with nature. Even since I was a kid, I loved being in nature.

    I was a Christian until I was 18. When I decided to reject my faith, I made sure that I would have no regrets and that I knew exactly what I was doing.

    From there I started exploring other religions. I explored Buddhism, Hinduism, Daoism, and Shinto. I feel that there are spiritual truths in them all. But I couldn't commit to any one of them, something just wasn't right.

    When I finally looked to paganism, I found something that really resonated with my heart. I felt like I could be the person I always have been, and feel at home.

    I consider myself an eclectic pagan because I am open to new ideas and hold believes that come from different faiths.

    But I have to add, I am verry new to paganism. I've been learning for only about 8 months. I'm still figuring out what each sabbat means to me, how I can celebrate them. How to honor the esabats, if I want to, and be in-tune with the different phases of the moon.
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    I'm a new pagan as well. I realize, I don't believe i've made that clear in any of my introductions. : heh

    None the less, I grew up basically in the woods with no friends. So, I would talk to trees. Sing to my dogs, the trees, butterflies, rabbits, whoever was around. I would pick flowers, talk to them, and then bury them next to a tree on occasion.

    Starting at about the age of six, I was obsessed with Egyptian Mythology, later greek and norse. In fact, I went to private school for two years and we had a journal topic to write on every morning. Once, we were asked to write one question we would ask a non-living being essentially. Most kids wrote about their relatives who had passed away, god, jesus, or a celebrity. I wrote "I would ask Isis if and how she could take her wings off." I still have that piece of paper!

    My favorite movies growing up were: labyrinth, never ending story, mists of Avalon, and the last unicorn. (Loved the music by America!) I also loved the series Charmed, I must admit.

    I was raised in a Christian family, but was the only of my siblings who had never been baptized. When I was around 11 or 12, one of my friends was talking to me about being saved or baptized, I don't quite remember what. I had considered it, but the idea of it all honestly just scared me. I never understood why.

    One day I found out that one of my friends was Wiccan. The weird thing is, when she said she had something to tell me, I guessed saying "What, are you a witch?" And she said, well actually... basically yes. It was a strange yet meaningful moment to me. (This happened when I was 13) From there I had started asking about it and as I learned, I just thought it familiar and fascinating at the same time. When I researched, I couldn't get enough. However, I left it alone for a while because I felt that I was too "young and immature" to make a rational decision.
    I would go back and forth, always attracted to anything related to paganism without even realizing it.

    As of several months ago, I decided to dedicatedly study various pagan paths that I felt inclined to before making my "final decision". Yet, I feel like that decision was already made some time ago. ( I told my mother about my beliefs, and to my surprise she seemed actually relieved.)
    I've honestly felt like my true old self again, and it's been wonderful.

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    I came through the idea of paganism through religion books, to be honest. I was raised in Puerto Rico, so Santeria was pretty common in my house. My mom is a non-denominational Christian who has always felt her family has held some sort of "gift."

    The idea of polytheism is very strong, and made the most sense since that age while I disagreed early one with what I learned in Sunday School and private school sermons. I wanted to study religions since I was in high school, so I read a lot. Then The Craft came out in theaters and instead of being picked on for being "weird" and "satanic" all of a sudden girls wanted to learn how to change their eye color ("Buy contacts" my response) and if Mannon was real. I just rolled my eyes.

    I read religions of all of the world, and saw what was being practiced. Wicca never interested me, I never liked the duality and the pantheism of it. I then discovered Asatru through, yes, I admit it - viking metal. Primarily the band Einherjer and I bought the Prose and Poetic Edda. From there I explored other reconstructionist religions in a way to explore my background.
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    It is not possible that only one road leads to so sublime a mystery."
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