Surprised!

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Fri, 07-22-2011 - 9:38pm

Hello!

I am totally new to the board. The first post I read was "the best"...and I responded w/o reading the other's posts. When I went back to read everyone's replies, I was SO pleasantly surprised to see how similar our thoughtes were!

Anyway, I hope to have some great discussion with such like-minded folks :)

I'm Dee, from the west coast of Canada. I'm married w/2 little ones. D is 3 yrs old and E is 13 mos.

I have always been on the path - I just know what it was. I would often climb out my window at night to go to the bushes and bask in the moon. I think what a heart attack my mother would have had if she had known - I was like 10! One day in university, I came home from the library w/a book in bag. I have no idea where it came from or how I got it through the detectors w/o setting them off, LOL! It was "The Art of Witchcraft" by Sybil Leek. It was completely blank - an orange book w/no markings. I was so curious, I think I read the whole thing in one day. It basically gave me a vocabulary for what I already felt and thought.

Namaste!

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In reply to: passion8te
Sun, 07-24-2011 - 7:57am

WELCOME!!

Always glad to have new faces at the board.

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In reply to: passion8te
Sun, 07-24-2011 - 10:20pm

Welcome to the board, Dee! I'm Nancy and live in South Carolina. I've been Pagan all my life, but didn't put a name to it until I was 21, which has been almost 30 years ago. I was a Wiccan for a long time, but then chose to become a Druid. I've read "The Art of Witchcraft." I've also read Leek's "Diary of a Witch."

We have a really good group of people here, with a wide range of beliefs and paths. I hope that you'll find a home here.

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In reply to: passion8te
Wed, 07-27-2011 - 12:50pm

Welcome, Dee! :) I'm Gypsy. I came to be Pagan mid-life, after a lot of years of searching, reading, practicing Zen. Finally my daughter's questioning when she was in grade school, led us both to the Goddess and God. We practice an eclectic, our own version of, Wicca. I blend in the wisdom gained from my Zen years as well. Wisdom comes from the same Source, I believe. We just get "fed" from different paths. ;) Glad to have a new person to join us! My first two books on my journey to being a Pagan were The Spiral Dance by Starhawk and The Once and Future Goddess by Elinor Gadon. My favorites for "everyday" Wicca for the solitary practitioner are Scott Cunningham's books. They have always been a mainstay to me for a personal path, often and mostly alone. I do belong to a very small Circle, but our lives have been very complicated lately and so we have not been together for Sabbat rituals as we normally are. But having friends in real life as well as online, who believe as I do, is a wonderful blessing. :)


Blessings,

Gypsy

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Registered: 09-20-2007
In reply to: passion8te
Wed, 07-27-2011 - 1:52pm

One of the books that led me to Paganism was The Spiral Dance. The other one was Margot Adler's Drawing Down the Moon. These two books showed me that my beliefs were valid and that there were others out there like me.

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In reply to: passion8te
Thu, 07-28-2011 - 1:05am

Thanks for the warm welcome.

Hmmm...I just thought of something, I think it's a requirement if you want to be pagan (or follow any other non-main tradition) to be a reader! How else would we be able to seek knowledge? I know historically our ancestor found their truths in nature, but they also has real life teachers that we don't have.

Drawing down the moon and Spiral Dance are both books I was interested in reading in the beginning of my journey. Not sure why I never read them. I had some Cunningham books - they are very useful.

A few years ago, I gave away my extensive pagan library. Not really sure why...now that I think of it, it seems like a weird thing to do given the financial investment and I'm not well off. But I just had this strong "I don't need these" feelings...and I trust my instincts a lot :)

Dee

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In reply to: passion8te
Thu, 07-28-2011 - 9:50am
"A few years ago, I gave away my extensive pagan library. Not really sure why...now that I think of it, it seems like a weird thing to do given the financial investment and I'm not well off. But I just had this strong "I don't need these" feelings...and I trust my instincts a lot :)"

I have felt this way in the last few years, too, Dee. :) Early on in my path, I felt the need for books & resources to show me the way, educate me. Now the Goddess and God guide me directly. I have learned to tune in to my intuition, recognize the guidance They send me in various ways. I have come to trust in Them. And I trust myself. I don't feel the need to buy a lot of resources like books, etc. I draw power and sustenance of my Spirit, work with Magick by connecting directly. To Nature. The Universe. The Goddess and God. I just flow with it. Connect with the power. No striving. It just all IS. ;)


Blessings,

Gypsy

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Registered: 09-20-2007
In reply to: passion8te
Thu, 07-28-2011 - 1:59pm

That's what I do as well. I can't remember the last time I bought a Pagan-themed book. I have gotten rid of a lot of mine over the years, though I still hang on to the ones that were/are important to me. I still have my BoS, though as a Druid, I really don't use it much. But since I've put so much work into it, I'm keeping it. The books that I have been buying that relate to my path are the history/archaeology books about Druids, the Celts, Iron Age Britain, etc.

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In reply to: passion8te
Wed, 08-03-2011 - 12:49am
Even as I typed that out I worried I was rambling and not sure why that was important - but I like honest communication even if it is the internet :)

Thank you for those thoughts, I love that concept and think you really hit the nail on the head for me.

Dee