HI.... New to the Board

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HI.... New to the Board
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Fri, 04-23-2010 - 12:11am

I am not new to the whole pagan path. I am just undecided as to which direction to focus. I am not a strong follower of wicca... after careful research. I like hoodoo but I know that is not exactly a regilion. I do like witch craft I feel it is an older. I would if I could spend a year with old witch and old hoodoo patractioner. I am not into voodoo. I would like to incorpate some African and Middle Eastern beliefs in my Non denominational belief system.

It is hard to move from one god to many but how is it best done??? How do you decided which god to go with ????





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Fri, 04-23-2010 - 2:07am
Hello there and welcome to the board! I've "officially" been a Pagan for almost 30 years, though I've really been one all my life. When I started out about the only paths that there was any information about were Wicca and Witchcraft and I went back and forth between the two for a long time. I've been a Druid now for several years and have discovered that that is my true home. I was raised agnostic and have always been a polytheist.

I've found that the best way to find your deities is to let Them find you. Are there any particular African and/or Middle Eastern myths and legends that appeal to you the most? Have you always been drawn to a particular god or goddess? If you go to a museum are you immediately drawn to the statues of Isis or a representation of Ishtar? Sometimes paying close attention to our dreams will help us discover our deity, especially if the dream is centered on a particular animal or landscape, certain type of weather, etc. Do research on the various myths and legends and see which ones you are drawn to the most. Something else you can do is meditate on the subject. Play African or Middle Eastern music and open your mind and heart, asking the deities to speak to you. Another way is to look through your ancestry and see if your ancestors came from a particular area of Africa or the Middle East and follow the deities that they would have worshiped. If you are in a store that sells artwork, statues, etc. and you find yourself drawn to a particular piece, find out where it came from. That can be a clue as well. Say, for instance, that you find yourself drawn to a particular mask from Ghana. You can then do research to see what deities the people of Ghana worship and perhaps you've found your deity that way. And another way is if you want to bring a particular aspect into your life, like courage or beauty or strength. Research which deities represent those aspects and take it from there.



I hope that I've helped you here. Please feel free to jump in any time and post away so that we can all get to you you better!
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Fri, 04-23-2010 - 1:11pm

Hi!

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Fri, 04-23-2010 - 2:46pm

I am not a big fan of voodoo from the very little I know about it. I lean more to the kitchen witchery of hoodoo and garden witches. I am very interested in ancestry encouragement..... I would like to befriend a great demi god like Ganesha.

Also am I the only one who doesnt remember their dreams? If I do I know that dream has some signifiants.





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Sat, 04-24-2010 - 11:28am
One thing that you can do is keep a dream journal. Keep a notebook and a pen on your nightstand. Whenever you wake up, even in the middle of the night, write down the dream that you just woke up from. Get as detailed as you can. Do this in the morning as well, before you step out of bed. If you have a sleeping partner who would be disturbed by you turning on the light in the middle of the night, then keep a small flashlight or a book light with the notebook. I myself rarely remember my dreams. I can remember flashes, but five minutes after I'm awake, the dream is gone. There are books on the market that can offer suggestions on how to remember your dreams. There are probably some websites on it as well.
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Sun, 04-25-2010 - 11:08am

There is a dark side to Voodoo and that is what gets the most publicity but it isn't all that way.

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