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Starting To Focus, But Don't Know Where...


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Hi all! Well, I guess I should post this here but I really don't know. I've always considered myself Pagan even though I was brought up in a Christian household. What I know of Paganism makes sense to me, I just don't know where I belong? Is there a magical answer? xD

 

I know I believe in reincarnation and consider myself to have previous lives, I've been on a bit of a spiritual journey over the past 8-10 years but it has happened naturally and hasn't been something I have seeked out. This is the first time I've actively decided to further my knowledge and understanding. Thing is... Is there a "This is what you believe as a Pagan" manual? Being around Christianity for such a long time, I'm used to be told what to believe. I just never felt comfortable around that. I have been spiritual for some time and have things around me as such... I read tarot and see auras. I have a bit of an obsession with fire, I feel it, I am it (I have red hair and I'm a Leo, really not a surprise at all).

I've also joined this forum because I want my son brought up to appreciate nature and the world around him, I'm also having his naming ceremony this year. I've already bought a tree to plant on that day! =]

Anyway, any help as to where to look, how to find myself and what it means to be a Pagan would be great.

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Yay - Someone else who works with fire!

 

Well if you dig around this forum you will find that others have asked the same question before you. You have probably realised that there are as many practices as there are Pagans.

 

When I went to my first moot [only about six years ago and I'm mid 60's!] I expected to find a common prayer, a creed and some representation of Deity there. It was quite a shock to realise that that was up to me and the REALLY important thing was that it was my turn to buy the beer! That isn't to belittle the moot leader - it really is up to you but we can all help you as much as you NEED help. That might not be quite as much as you'D LIKE :D

 

If you would like a general book that outlines a number of different paths then "Pagan Paths" by Pete Jennings is the easiest one that I've found to read. Graham Harvey's book "Listening People Speaking Earth" covers the same ground. The first chapter contains the very best definition of Paganism I've ever read. He also has a wonderful expression - he refers to "Humans and other than humans" which is probably acceptable to the widest range of Pagans possible :D.

 

I have an exercise that prompts you to discover what combination of things you believe if it would help. Don't get all excited it is very simple!

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Oh I am sorry! You must get annoying posts like this all the time. I'll remember to look harder next time.

 

I love fire, the best element in my opinion. =P

 

Thank you for the book recommendations, I'll certainly look into purchasing them. I do love a good book, so if you ever have anymore you stumble across, I'm certainly one to recommend them to. :)

An exercise? Sounds interesting, unless it means donning a tracksuit and taking to the pitch... >.> <.<

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Please please don't apologise - it certainly ISN'T an annoying post! The only silly question is the one that you don't ask!

 

As for exercise I firmly believe that the ancestors only broke into a run for two reasons:

 

Lunch wouldn't stay still

They were on something else's lunch menu

 

Its a bit late now - I'll post the exercise tomorrow.

 

Go well

Moonsmith

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Thing is... Is there a "This is what you believe as a Pagan" manual?

 

Is there heck! You know that though don't you. :D The very idea.......

 

Seriously though Rayne what you feel is very common amongst those trying to get a grip on their Paganism..... especially those with a background in a religion such as Christianity where there is a manual of sorts. All I would say is don't fret about it. And don't worry about silly questions, as Moonsmith said there really is no such thing, and questions are what a board like this is all about.

 

I've also joined this forum because I want my son brought up to appreciate nature and the world around him, I'm also having his naming ceremony this year. I've already bought a tree to plant on that day! =]

Anyway, any help as to where to look, how to find myself and what it means to be a Pagan would be great.

 

This is wonderful. If cycles of nature and the wonder of the World is what is important to you and your son I can't think of anything better than what you are already doing. Your sense of uncertainty will not be to the detriment of your son..... it might be a gift. Who can be sure of anything in a lifetime. I wouldn't hurt for your son to know that you don't have all the answers and that much is a mystery to you. Certainties can be a little boring anyway and are greatly overrated. Sometimes I think half the fun of Paganism is not having a manual.

 

However you approach it, have fun and I hope it all turns out well for you.

 

Mike

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I'll second the Harvey recommendation. I'd also add 'Introduction to Pagan Studies' by Davy and York's 'Pagan Theology: Paganism as a World Religion'. These books won't tell you what to believe to be Pagan but they will give you an idea of what various Pagans believe and do.

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Hi Rayne! I came from a xtian background and well remember, soon after initiation into Wicca, how "unsafe" it all felt - where was the equivalent of a Bible and how do I go about things ....... my initiators were not able to run a group to teach me and I was fairly unhappy and insecure ... but I started seeking - and it was not nearly as easy then as it is now - no internet and fewer books available except from specialist shops. But here, you need only ask and no question is foolish. Without doubt, there will be folk here who will help and explain and direct you to further information.

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There are so many books, some are great, others not, so its good to have some recommendations from people here. Do remember that any book is the view of the author and that you dont have to agree with them, use them for guidance and inspiration, try out some of the excercises in them and see what feels right for you. My top recommendation for a book is a note book to record your own experiences in.

 

I'd add Michael Harner's The Way of the Shaman to a list of recommended reading for pagans.

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