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Confusion Reigns!


Amanda George
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Yep, it's the new petite pest again!

 

I've got a few questions for you all if that's OK?

 

First off, I know you can't direct me on my chosen path and that's totally OK, but I've been seeing Heathens mentioned several times, in several different threads, since I've been here (3 days) but I know very little (OK, nothing) about it... is the repeated showing up in the threads I read a way for my Higher Powers to direct me into finding out more about it please?

 

Secondly, is there any way to find out if there are other Pagans reading the forum that live in or close to Gloucester that would like to meet up with this nervous newbie IRL? By email first if you prefer?

 

Thirdly, what happens during a ritual please?

 

Fourthly, :o_wave: to SMC

 

Thank you!

 

Amanda

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First Heathens. Go to the community tab above, look through the list of forums until you get to one called Pagan paths and then do a search in the search box in the top of that forum. Should be loads of stuff on Heathenry. In a nutshell it is the name British people use for the religion which has been reconstructed from the Nordic/Germanic religion of the Norse, Danes, Anglo Saxons etc. Heathenry tend to be the Anglo Saxon version, but you might find it called other things eg. it is often called Asatru in the USA.

 

Second. Go to the members tab above. You will find a members map there where many of us are shown in terms of location. On an individual basis you will see a person's location listed under their name when they make a post...... or their profiles.

 

Thirdly ritual. If I were to ask you what a ritual from a Abrahamic faith (Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Satanist etc) is like you wouldn't be able to answer because it is too diverse to pin down. Well Paganism is even more diverse with different Gods (or none). A Heathen marriage might be very different from a Wiccan intiation from a Druid solstice etc etc. On top of that many Pagans are solitary and so make rituals which are relevant to themselves or their Gods and nobody else.

 

Don't know if this helps..... but keep searching and things will start to fall into place and make sense to you!

 

Mike

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Thank you so much, Mike! I'll go and have a look where you suggested now :)

 

Your shop is out of stock though :(

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What sort of jewellery do you usually stock please? It's just that I'm after 2 silver charm thingies (the bit of the necklace that hangs down) to go either side of the Tigers Eye charm thing and I would love to have the Tigers Eye "protected" by Pagan charms either side of it. Do you provide a necklace with the charms? If not, that's totally cool but if you do, can you not put it on the 2 charms I'll buy if you can maybe provide them please?

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I can meet up with your sometime if your want. I live in Ross On Wye. :) If you want to, send me a PM.

 

Thank you so much Moonhunter... I'd like to get some friends who share my beliefs around here! Would it be OK to meet up in the centre of Gloucester though, please? It's just that we don't have a car, I can't drive and I can't get public transport until I'm more confident using my electric wheelchair :(

 

If you are still up for it, ping me a PM and I'll let you know my email address :)

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:D :o_wave:

 

Ritual, like Fortuna says, are different for each person. But most Pagan starter books will describe a simple ritual of some sort and probably most websites. I'm not saying the rituals in these sources are wonderful, but they can give you a basic starting point from which you can decide whether you like lots of decadence and paraphernalia and set things you have to do or say at set times, or whether you prefer a more off the cuff style of ritual. Ritual can be a ceremony like a wedding ceremony; it can be something you do to do a spell; it can be a way of praying or connecting with the gods... And most people have their own way of doing things :) some reconstructed religions have traditional rituals which we know something about from people's accounts, or we can basically surmise from archaeological evidence.

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Hello SMC!

 

So for a solitary Pagan the internet is my oyster? With handfastings (is that what Pagan weddings are called?) pretty much the whole ceremony is as unique as the couple getting married? Are renewal of wedding vows appropriate in Paganism or are the couple blessed or is it just not done in Paganism? I'm thinking I need to invest in a few Pagan books suitable for beginners! lol

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It might be helpful to adjust your view of Paganism a little, because unlike Christianity which have denominations, but which share core beliefs...... Paganism is an umberella term for many spiritual paths some of which differ greatly. So asking a question about Pagan rituals or Pagan marriage might be a bit hard for people to answer. Have you had a good mooch in the Starters Orders forum yet? It's a great place to start and you will probably be reassured to find out how many people ask just the same sort of questions as you when they start out. It takes a while to orientate yourself at first and it can seem so confusing, but stick with it and you will soon start to make sense of it all.

 

All the best.

 

Mike

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Feel free to tell me to bog off now, but I've just read the threads about Heathenism and rituals so just need to find the one about Pagan weddings now! lol Thank you Mike!

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you'll see lots of mentions of Heathenry, simply because there happen to be a lot of Heathens on here :P

My advice is to start searching for one thing, then get lost in a loop of clicking and reading. Best way I found. You never know where the random threads are gonna take you!

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lol thank you Fortuna! I've read 3 threads in here this evening and I'll hopefully remember to search the rest of The Valley tomorrow :)

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