Jump to content
Haylee Linton

Welcome Guest!

Welcome to UK Pagan; The Valley

Like most online communities we require you to register for an account before we give you access to read and post.

Only a small number of our forum areas can be read without registering for an account.

Please consider supporting us to help keep our Website and Facebook groups online. Become a Patron!

Solitary Heathens? - Newbie question....


Guest Lorelei
 Share

Recommended Posts

Hello all,

 

I'm finding that as time goes on I'm becoming more and more drawn to Heathenry, but I keep reading a lot of things that seem to suggest that being a solitary Heathen is somehow in contrast with Heathenry itself :D

 

Is this the case or are there solitary Heathens? If any one the Heathens here are solitary do you find it has an effect on your faith or practice of it (in either a positive or negative direction)?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Please consider supporting us to help keep our Website and Facebook groups online.

I'm effectively a solitary these days, though I was once part of a kingroup. However, our kingroup wasn't at all like the usual Heathen type, in that members of it were not Heathens, including Religio Romana and one shaman with no religion.

 

I'd say that being part of a kingroup is good, if it's a good fit (as with all groups), in that you can do rituals together. However, that isn't enough for me to look for another group. instead, I am happy linking with my polytheist friends, including one other Heathen, though these days it's one-to-one and not in a group.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Oh, Lorelie, there is a Yahoo group "UK Heathenry", owned by my friend. It's probably the largest and most successful egrouping of Heathens in the UK.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Because there are so few Heathens scattered around the UK I think it likely that the majority are perforce solitary unless they are lucky enough to live in an area where there is a Heathen cluster, or are able to travel widely and often.

 

[some are solitary because they are just too ornery for normal company :D ]

 

 

I would endorse Moonhunter's recommendation re UKheathenry.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

My kindred are geographically scattered these days - we're across three continents, so in practice, like Moonhunter, I'm solitary. There are a couple of Heathens who are fairly (within 30 miles) local who I meet up with, but we're not really a group.

 

I think that as I've grown older it's become less important to me to do rituals as part of a group. Partly that's a confidence thing - I no longer need the reinforcement that I'm doing the "right" thing, and also elements of my practice have become very personal as time has passed. Oh help, that makes me sound ancient :o_devil: I'm not , not really.

 

Groups don't have to meet physically anyway - e groups and forums like this one are another way to meet people and learn. It's not compulsory to be part of a kindred. I agree with Davkin, the majority of Heathens in the UK are probably solitary.

 

Frey

Link to comment
Share on other sites

MH & Davkin - Have joined UKHeathenry, but still feeling a bit nervous about posting questions on there until I figure out the mentality of the group (and because I'm a big wuss and worried that I'll get eaten alive for being a newbie :D).

 

I may post or rather re-post my question about Frigg that I've put here on there at some point over the next week or so, once I've worked up the courage.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Logically I know they won't....I just have issues with Yahoo Groups (non-heathen ones) being the land of flame-wars...I'm sure once my personal stuff has calmed a bit I'll be posting there with bells on (or maybe that should be with horns on :D)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Logically I know they won't....I just have issues with Yahoo Groups (non-heathen ones) being the land of flame-wars...I'm sure once my personal stuff has calmed a bit I'll be posting there with bells on (or maybe that should be with horns on :blink:)

332665[/snapback]

 

I'm sorry not to have welcomed you on ukh - I didn't notice the intro.

 

Welcome from here instead...

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Topics

  • Posts

    • Nettle
      I have only ever been a Christian on paper lol. When visiting hospitals I would give the CofE answer when asked about my beliefs. I didn‚Äôt really even know what it meant. As a child I often prayed to God. But could probably count on two hands the amount of times I have attended church. Obviously at school I sang hymns¬†and recited the Lord‚Äôs Prayer. But I never went deep into it. My family is not religious. I have never been deeply influenced by Christianity. I have always been spiritual though. The weirdest thing is when I started on this journey it actually allowed me to gain deeper understanding of the Christ spirit. For many years I sought a shamanic technique¬†called the ‚Äúfierce eye‚Ä̬†technique. This technique as I believed at the time would allow me to command any spirit. I could banish them or destroy them at a glance. My long search for this technique allowed me to find and connect with many interesting things but never allowed me to unravel¬†the mysteries of the fierce eye technique. One day I had vision. In the vision - between the two doors - I saw a man standing at the corner of a street near to where I live. It was daytime but there was nothing else around. Nothing moved. It was as if every living thing was¬†asleep. I approached the man who as I was drawing closer turned to regard my approach. What I saw blew my mind away. The love I felt emanating from this strangers eyes was so powerful, so all consuming, utterly accepting¬†that I fell to my knees and started weeping with happiness. The love was so unconditional, so total and all encompassing. It took my breath away. I eventually awakened from this vision thinking what the hell was that all about? I did not realise until later that I had been shown the ‚Äúfierce eye‚ÄĚ technique. I had been mistaken in my assumptions as to what the ‚Äúfierce eye‚Ä̬†technique was all about. It was not about destroying something,¬†Commanding something¬†or even banishing something. It‚Äôs power lies in acceptance. I later realised that the being I had seen in my vision was the Christ spirit. The Christ spirit is also a Great Fool.¬† Who would have believed it,¬†that I would find¬†Christ following a pagan path lol. The irony was fitting. And made me realise just how limited I had allowed myself to be. The few times I have gone to church recently since this experience¬†(my son used to attend a CofE school) I feel very happy. Overjoyed even. A little mischievous.¬†I know I am welcome there even though I do not take up the mantle of Christian. I feel at home, accepted, even though I am a pagan. I feel very¬†welcome within the church.
    • Nettle
      I have several. Stone rabbit is one of my guides. He is a stone around the size of a medium sized hand, that is in the shape of a rabbits head (in profile) that I found many years ago and kept. On one side he has a mark that looks like an open eye, on the other side it looks as if he has lost that eye. Stone rabbit is master at navigating mazes/webways. When I want him to see something within the mundane I turn his head so his eye can observe. If I am going on a journey I have his lost eye side observing. He comes on my walks with me and I carry him in a bag around my neck.
    • Roundtuit
      Thank you.  Yes, I'm starting to think it's the journey that matters.   What a gorgeous image!  I'd love to get back to the fells, there's something new around very corner there.    
    • Stonehugger
      I've had varying degrees and natures of commitment to Christianity since I was at school but I've also always had pagan leanings and for quite a long time now my path has been entirely pagan. It's unproblematic in that my family and friends think it's harmless eccentricity, but I imagine it would be different if I took a strongly pagan stance on something. For me personally it's important to listen to what's going on around me and work out my path accordingly, so I celebrate the presence of many paths up the same mountain and have no concerns about reaching the top. I imagine that, like almost any walk in the fells, what currently looks like the top is just another place to see the next top from. Definitely!! ūüėĀ
    • Ellinas
      Well, I've been called many things in my time... I'm also a former Christian, with a chequered history (Anglican, in the guise of the Church in Wales, then Plymouth Brethren with the odd foray into the Baptists along the way).  I fell out with Christianity in the early 2000's, when I was late 30's, early 40's. Since then, the general nature of my meanderings has remained fairly constant, but the details and contents have changed over time.  That's fine.  The journey is the issue, not the destination.  Ithaca calls, but Phoenician markets and Egyptian cities have the greater import (poetic reference - just means follow your path and hope to arrive late, if at all).  What I believe tomorrow may be very different to what I believe today.  What I believed yesterday is just a stepping stone. In short, don't worry about what you have been, as it is merely the pathway that got you to what you are, and don't worry about where you are going, there are any number of bye-ways for you to explore. As to others - I have struggled with family pressures and the tyranny of monotheistic faith.  I understand your position and have no issue with a softly-softly approach such as you describe.  In fact, it is the best way unless you are prepared to create and weather a family rift. Dangerous statement.  Talk about tempting fate...!
×
×
  • Create New...