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  1. i have thoughts about how i am going to do this , i have decied depends on the weather i want to do stuff during the day and at night before midnight day i will be going out to a place i rerally like and found peace while walking there even when there is children there playing people bring there dogs and there is nature there i love walking as well one of my things i do to relax then come home light a candles play music have good food for us and the God/Goddeses then say good bye to the spirit and say hello to the new life .. welcome to nature the following morning go back to the pla
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  2. To continue in the same vein: LAKOTA CODE OF ETHICS 1. Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak. 2. Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy - and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance. 3. Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others to make your path for you. It is your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you. 4. Treat the guests in your home with much consideration. Serve them the best food,
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  3. As a matter of principle, I am suspicious of anything that uses the term "the true..." or "a real..." - be it pagan, alien, Christian, or whatever. I find the the terminology unacceptable. Regardless of what I think paganism is or should comprise, my view is not to be imposed on any other. Nor is Sheridan's. "The true..." and "a real..." is the terminology of imposition, the beginnings of doctrine, Yes, I find nature calming. I recognise beauty in it. I find it stirs sense and feeling. So do an awful lot of people, regardless of whether they are pagan. Yes, I do a lot of my th
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  4. From the Secret Garden (a surprisingly pagan old classic) “Sometimes since I've been in the garden I've looked up through the trees at the sky and I have had a strange feeling of being happy as if something was pushing and drawing in my chest and making me breathe fast. Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing. Everything is made out of magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us. In this garden - in all the places”
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  5. My advice would be to get out in the fresh air. Spend some time somewhere that makes you feel happy, at peace, or uplifted. Some people are drawn to high places, or beaches, or forests, or waterfalls, but whatever resonates with you is right for you. It doesn't even matter if you try different environments and nothing seems to speak to you right away. Don't feel you have to do, or say, or feel anything in particular. Instead, just relax, listen to the wind, feel the sun, or the rain, and just be. Maybe moonlight, or stargazing fill you with awe? That is something else to explore. Yo
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  6. Tonight I will be raising a glass to freedom of expression. To shamelessly name and celebrate what we hold dear and what we share by way of creativity, ritual, story and song. May all on here feel free in your paganism! 😁🌿
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  7. Anyone can do it - even the most sceptical - I know, because I have a friend who is a Yorkshire man and he is the most sceptical person I have ever met. He held the hazel twigs so tight (he is very strong having been a prop forward for Halifax in his day) that the bark stripped off the twigs as they fought to move in his hands 😄 You should have seen his face!
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  8. A question that deserves a considered reply. I am a person for whom definitions need clarity. I am also a person who is not overly bothered if a definition is unidentifiable. It just means that there is no satisfactory definition. But that is not the issue. I have no problem with a clear, even a forceful, statement of a position - which may not come as any great surprise, I suppose. But that is not the issue either Nor do I think that this is a matter of "relationship with language". Whilst it is true that words can be interpreted in various ways, and that some are more pre
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  9. When written down, "and that my friends is how you become a real pagan" grates with me. It doesn't read well, partly for the implication that you have to pass a test and partly for the patronising tone. When spoken on the video, though, it doesn't grate with me at all. It sounds as if that's just the way he talks.
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  10. I subscribe to sentiments such as Thomas espouses (and how could anyone (pagan or otherwise) not?) but I should also do more armchair and bookshelf duty. I don't think one makes sense without the other. I couldn't have "become a pagan" just by reading books. I found a path in nature and then gave myself the eventual task of understanding and explaining what I'd found, at least to myself, which needed a little reading just to discover what words to use.
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  11. That worries me a bit. How far are we away from a bad situation in which an older man tells a younger woman she needs to get naked in the group to show her ongoing commitment to it? That's different from all deciding to work skyclad together as a means of achieving something, and it's different from an initiation setting where there needs to be some significant sign of crossing over into the group. I'm not sure of my logic here, but there has to be a line somewhere between appropriate challenge and never-appropriate abuse.
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  12. Good point. Setting people up as hero's and role models will have an inevitable danger in the possibility that our views of them can be toppled. Better to have visionary leaders who create a movement for change which is identified separately from their own persona. A grassroots type movement empowers individuals rather than sets them up as beholden to the reputation of a leader. I'll go for Shiva Ayyadurai as a visionary leader. https://shiva4senate.com/ It's actuslly a bit of a shock to me that I have latched onto a political campaign as I gave up on the world of polit
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  13. I'll take your respective words for it. I'll stick with cotton clad.
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  14. I think that a spirit animal kind of adopts you. Sometimes they stick around, and become almost an alter ego. But sometimes they can make themselves known for a short while, because we need to learn something and they have agreed to teach us. A shamanistic view of this would be that you are using the spirit animal magic, to bolster some quality that you lack but they have in abundance, for example. Many of the old folklore stories from all over the world have surprisingly similar themes and attributes given to spiders, say, or foxes. Ancient stories and poetry have many layers of meaning,
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  15. Yes, it does feel special. I've been naked without being skyclad, but never skyclad without being naked. Speaking from extremely limited experience, skyclad is a state of mind for me. It's about feeling enveloped, not exposed. When it hasn't worked (in a group collapsing with laughter or on my own wondering what on earth I'm doing) I'm just outside with my kit off. When it has worked, then skyclad feels like a really good word.
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  16. ... yes, that really is all that matters. Don't worry, I've said many many times that I do not believe that any two people believe the same thing. By the same token: I do not believe that any two people see or hear the same thing, nor do they have exactly the same interpretation. My point was more about the relative reluctance of religion to change with learning when new knowledge appears. When my thinking diverged with that of Christianity I ...... Well let me be fair, I was drifting anyway but it speeded the process. I will never take up religion again. I enjoy thinking far t
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  17. I did not know that. Maths is not my forte. The diagram - which I am probably doing a grave disservice to - helps me to visualise and understand the spiritual realms. I doubt very much that my understanding is the same as was intended when it was first devised. It makes a sort of sense to me, and for my purposes, that is good enough.
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  18. My daughter lives in Dubai and says that "inshallah" [God willing] means "I'll do it when/if I get round to it!"
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  19. I still do that now. I remember relatives doing it when I was growing up. For some reason, I sort-of equate sinister/left with going widdershins. When I was at school we read a story that freaked me out at the time in which something bad happened if anyone travelled widdershins around something. I don't recall any of the details, but it definitely scared me big-time.
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  20. I’m getting feelings of deja-typed but I’ve said something similar on other forums so if this turns out to be a repeat - respect your elders rather than mock😄 At last! A joyful Beltane to you all. The holly isn’t out with the Hawthorne this year but I guess that is Beltane 20th May 2021.
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  21. When I was younger I was obsessed (as many were in the 90s) with the idea of wealth.... One day I read a quote (well part of a quote) from Seneca the younger that has stuck with me since then... I remind myself of it quite often to stop myself longing for things I don't have.
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  22. Just arrived new today at The Valley. The Lakota Code of Ethics has given me such a lift and worked as a positive affirmation for me. Thank you Earthdragon.
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  23. I’ve found this to be true. I had jellyfish around me a lot in my early 20’s because I had weak boundaries and needed the extra support!
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  24. I believe that animals pop up in my life when their guidance is needed, but that whales and rabbits resonate heavily with me in the long term. I resonate with rabbits because I have long term trauma, and they mirror what I often feel- the fight or flight responses, being watched, feeling nervous like a prey animal, etc. I’ve come to expect any rabbits in my dreams to represent me. I actually also own two house rabbits, and it’s quite healing maintaining a positive relationship with them.
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  25. "You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour, now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour. And there are things to be considered . . . Where are you living? What are you doing? What are your relationships? Are you in right relation? Where is your water? Know your garden. It is time to speak your Truth. Create your community. Be good to each other. And do not look outside yourself for the leader." Then he clasped his hands together, smiled, and said, "This could be a good time!" "There
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  26. In reply to this topic. I honestly do not believe there are any specific books to read to become a pagan, also i do not believe one becomes one. I believe that with spirituality, life paths , anything is based on internalisation. Its the same with singing or writing, in order to sing one has to internalise the song. In order to understand one has to internalise the understanding. Feed it from the root, the wick that lights the flame. I think there is a path for all and each person has their own way. Though I do believe nature plays a big role in paganism and magic. One can learn things fr
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  27. He says "become a pagan" and the title of the incorporates the phrase "the true pagan". I think "become a real pagan" was me paraphrasing 😁
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  28. Now! I wonder what sort of reply folk here are anticipating from me😄. Well firstly this post is just my own experience and my opinion. Your beliefs and thinking are your own and safe from me. I have dowsed successfully using wires. I have found water pipes and sewers that I did not know existed. My view is that anyone can do it and that it is a biological response to ......... now that I am unsure of as yet. I do not see it as a psychic phenomenon but perhaps that depends upon your definition of psychic. I do not see it as anything connected with the materials used
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  29. Wristwatches? I still wear mine. Not sure how smart it is. It’s polished, does that count?
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  30. You're right, moonwolf. I never met him myself, but knew people who had a long and close relationship with him. I read his book, King of the Witches, and even remember a documentary, years back with him prancing around in gold lame budgie smugglers. A showman he most certainly was. Undoubtedly he had talent, and charisma, and hung out with rock stars back in the day. But perhaps he believed his own publicity a bit too much. Like all of us, he was a flawed human being who made mistakes. But you have to see it in the context of the period (gods, my childhood years are now an historical period!)
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  31. Not necessarily 😄 Gerald was a naturist long before he was an initiated witch and belonged to more than one naturist club. He also wintered abroad to get the sun for health reasons and would have best benefited for that by being nude. I can fairly certainly say that Gerald brought naturism to ritual in the Craft for no reason other than he preferred to work naked and wanted that to be the norm for the Craft!
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  32. The best leaders, seems to me, are hardly noticeable. Ab tergo ducimus, I believe, translates as "we lead from behind".
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  33. We applaud visionaries whose visions accord with our own.
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  34. Very much agree with the unique role Greta has taken on leading awareness on the climate emergency. I've never really had much time for mainstream politics but have always admired Caroline Lucas for years. She conducts herself impeccably in the face of much antagonism or ridicule from other MP's. Perhaps obvious choices given my love and compassion for animals are David Attenborough and Chris Packham for their tireless work and unswerving passion.
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  35. "Skyclad" is a - perhaps - pretty way of saying "naked" - without clothing ... whatever! If you have experienced it in ritual practice, you will know what it means - it does feel ..... sky - clad 😄
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  36. Experiences like this are at the core of my own paganism. Creativity which can be practiced but which can also sweep us along in unexpected ways...
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  37. *just an opinion, a perspective, not necessarily fact at all* I agree on the answer of "both", and perhaps a bit of "not sure" too. It really does come down to who you ask. There is so much variation within the paths of Paganism, I doubt there are very many who follow the same "carbon copied" paths. For some, their way of practising might be considered to be quite "religious" in nature, e.g.: certain shared deities, shared ethics and principles, shared practices, shared rituals, working within groups of similar-minded people, and doing things a certain way. Similar, not the same - pagans
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  38. Mine would have to be the field mouse - wonderful little creatures they are!
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  39. It's difficult. I think that most people have an inbuilt "bullshitometer" that kicks in, and which becomes more sensitively calibrated with age and experience. Sometimes though, I think that it depends on how much someone wants to believe. Human beings can be very good at self-deception when the circumstances are right.
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