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    I studied Paganism, Wicca specifically, for a few years before I decided to do anything about it. However, I was also researching a lot of religions at the time. I was about 13 or so and wasn't sure about whether Catholicism was the right path for me, I knew that I believed in something but I wasn't sure what it was. So I started looking into different religions and learning a bit about them (unfortunately I have forgotten a lot of it which sucks) and I found myself more drawn to Wicca than to the others. It was the nature bit, I have to say. I read books for years before I did anything, but that might also be because I'm a bookworm!

    About 8 years later, I'm no longer Wiccan, I guess pagan with kitchen witch tendencies might cover it. I no longer draw a line between studying and practicing, because there is no line between my path and my life. My whole life is a spiritual act, every time I cook a meal, make a cup of tea, spend time with my friends or go outside I'm honouring the divine.

    I wouldn't say that there is a right way to start. If you feel like you want to start incorporating things that you have learnt (or things that you have thought of) into your life then I wouldn't worry about how long you have been reading books. In my opinion, your intuition is a great guide (although don't be afraid to ask for advice or help, its a sign of wisdom itself you know ).
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    Hmm.

    Well... some things I was doing were pagan in nature before I discovered what a 'pagan' really was.

    For things such as casting a circle and other magick... not long at all. I'm more of a hands-on person, so if I feel comfortable trying something right away, I do.

    I think that is the biggest factor to consider - are you comfortable doing it - do you feel confident enough in yourself to do it?

    If you do, then I don't see the harm in trying. If you are unsure, or full of self-doubt... then wait a bit, learn a little more, explore... and when you're ready... go for it.
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    Hmm, I read solidy every day for about 3 months before doing anything pratical -- I'm pedantic so I need to know everything I can before I do things. That was during my initial 'seeking' and now I've found my actual spiritual path through much more reading; I'm still studying but I've started my pratical stuff along side it. The latter kind of merged the pratical and the study came hand in hand, there's only so much one can learn from books after all.

    It's just a case of feeling ready, usually one will know. There's nothing wrong with reading for a year or two beforehand (heck I did!), there's not rush afterall.
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    i had been studying for a year before practicing, but i am now beginning to practice, it's been fun...
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    I started practicing a few months into studying. I kinda practiced while studying. I 'm a hands on learner.

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    I started to practice as soon as I figured out that I was drawn to Religio Romana. I put a candle on a table. lit it and meditated upon the Gods/Goddesses. My whole train of thought is that if you have the right intentions that it shouldn't matter how many tools or books that you have. I now know more about my relgious path, but I will be forever learning things about it. If I had waited until I had gained all of the knowledge that I could I would never have started to practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AutumnSage View Post
    so how long did you study your path before you became a practicing pagan/witch/what you call yourself?

    I don't recall exactly, but as soon as I had something to practice.
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    I think I sort of started practicing before I started studying. I would just sort made spells and such up, just did whatever felt right.

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    I have been studying for about a year, give or take a few months. I've only performed one ritual and some very simple spells. I had a lot of pagan beliefs before I even knew that paganism existed, though.

    It's all up to each individual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AutumnSage View Post
    so how long did you study your path before you became a practicing pagan/witch/what you call yourself?

    I started practising rituals and spontaneous expressions of spirituality that seemd right to me, gradually froming form this my "own religion" several years before I stumbled onto books about Wicca... I studied Wicca and numerous other pagan paths over the years, but as none of them could match the perfect fit of my custome made religion, I ultimately kept the shape and bones of the religion I first made up for myself, though I was able to glean useful information from the others.

    Over the last 20 years it has changed and grown with me, even more comfortable than before and so much a part of me that I scarcely practice anymore, I just live as an embodiement of my beliefs.

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