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How To Know What Path I Am?


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hi all, how do you know which path you are leaning towards? in 2010 i started studying wicca, i started a BOS and wrote down everything fom rituals, circles, candles, runes, dream interpretation, crystals and loads more! i was struggleing with the rituals and spells as i havnt realy got anywhere for a altar and didnt really take to it so stopped trying! i then focused on what intrested me which was dream interpretation and crystal healing but my internet was cancelled so research stopped :-( i celebrate Ostara, imbolc, belthane, midsummers, samhain and yule not with a altar but i do light candles for ancestors on samhain and gather natures gifts and arrange on a shelf for imbolc, well all of them, i naturally find myself gardening on these days :-) i am feeling a connection to herbs and magical flowers and am planning to create a moon garden and dedicating it to all natures beautiful flowers and herbs, i love animals i have 3 cats and a gorgeous siberian husky so i am always out walking in forests and countyside walks, i have a very strong connection to the rain and thunder storms (although i am scared of deep water) i just feel re-energized when it rains- it calms me :-) i love the moon again i feel connected to her! as a child i loved greek mythology and any myths - viking,egyptian,roman and celtic it always facinated me and ever since learning greek mythology in school ive always belived there are many gods and goddesses and belive in reincarnation, also i seem to always be in the presants of crows and magpies which i always think of them as a sign i.e if loads are flying around the church i am always wary of the day ahead as i feel itsa warning a bad things and many magpies make me feel hapy for the day ahead! i dont know if this is true but i belive it :-) i have many crystals and belive each one has its own meaning and healing power which wish to learn. i am very creative and love to draw fairys and witches, and animals :-) does anyone see a persific path or am i just my own pagan path?? oh and stone henge and pendel witches are another facination :-)

 

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I think you're on your own specific, Violentrainstorm path to be honest. If you have a look through other threads in the Starters Orders you'll see a lot of posts like yours with the "here's what I believe and like" and very, very few of them fit into what is known as specific paths. As well - as many other people were told - you develop your own path as you walk it - there are only a tiny number of Pagans who walk the same path years later. And that's a good thing, means you question yourself and your beliefs. So - I think it's a specific-to-you path, but you won't see it in any Pagan guidebooks. Which in itself infers no superiority - or otherwise - to defined or undefined paths.

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A path is an individual thing anyway. In a room containing 10 Wiccans, even though they might share some beliefs, the paths they follow can only be individual. Many of the things you mention are not necessarily pagan. Lots of people like Stonehenge or believe that crystals have energies, but these things are only part of a Pagan path if one chooses to make them so. Nobody can tell you what path you are on and I would be suspicious of anyone who claimed they could.

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I agree with Pomona and Fortuna - I think that you're carving out your own path and it's none the better or worse for that.

 

As Fortuna says, even when you can put a name to your path, it will probably still be individual and not exactly the same as other people who use the same name. I wouldn't worry about it if I were you. carry on with what feels right to you and see where it takes you. I always think that we use the word "paths" because a lot of the fun is in the journey! :)

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^^^^ What they all say!

 

It is my view that you start your "path" when you are born and you bring to it what you are taught, what you learn, who you meet, what you experience. Your spirituality is part of you on that personal path and what interests you - what you pursue - is part of it all too. During some part of your life, you will be able to name your experience and beliefs and at other times, when things are changing for you and you are seeking new learning and interest, there will be no label you can apply! It doesn't matter! All that a label is, is a short way of letting your identity be known - so if someone says "I am a christian" then we mostly know what that means although we may not know the details of their particular brand of christianity .... same for pagans!

Just mosey on down your path, picking up the things that interest you, meeting folk along the way, having experiences .... that's all that does matter !

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pretty much agree with everything above. the major traditions all offer their own take on life, love etc. They may also offer rituals, cerremonies, god/desses, when to worship. there is so much out there. all i can say is try stuff out, see what works for you and go with that. dont confine yourself to a particular tradition straight away, get to know it, see if it really is for you and if not move . you may even find that you dont wish to fit into any particular tradition and prefer the route of 'bog standard pagan', if so, welcome, there is a lot of us!

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From my own experience, I found it very reassurring to find an already well trodden path when first starting out. Its deemed *acceptable* and I went merrily along for a while. Its only through time and study that I found that not everything connected with me, and I saw other ways that resonate more with how I was as a person and what I believed in. Its all perfectly fine and normal - in the end up, I am far happier choosing my own individual path, than one which is already laid out.

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