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  1. 3 points
    What do I get out of it...? Principally, freedom. Freedom to think, to experience, to go my own way and to stick up two fingers and the doctrinal "we know better than you and you must agree with us" types. Been a part of that. Never underestimate the value of freedom. Also, a sense of mystery. I don't mean in some sort of "ooh - I'm so occult and strange..." way. Rather, it gives the latitude for me to explore my own mind, psyche, whatever you want to call it, whether logically, emotionally or meditatively, and to seek to synthesise these.
  2. 2 points
    *reviving* It's not silly, fluffy, or dumb. I think it is very rare to find anyone who hasn't at least once doubted themselves, overthought a situation, or considered taking a side-step elsewhere to see where it leads. Life involves a lot of curiosity and experimentation. I think the one piece of advice I would share would be to follow and learn about what is intriguing you at the time. You don't have to be frozen by your past, nor do you have to think about a "final" destination. Be genuine, but also be honest in your experiences - do things because you want/feel a need to, not because someone "expects" it of you or tells you that it must be done that. exact. way. or. else. As for the gods being perfect... Regardless of whether you see them as literal or metaphorical, I think they make mistakes like the rest of us. Some are just less honest about it.
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    Many thanks for the advice everybody. I have started searching through "the indices of dusty tomes", and have found some interesting titbits already. Just started reading through full tomes which will give further clarification. I also keep asking the goddess :) And so far the insight I've been given has been astounding. Many thanks again :)
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    My 'need to join', combined with my being such an "oddball" and never fitting into any group of any description, had me join the Valley in the first place, and again returning now. 🙂 Up until quite recently I was a sucker for wanting to "belong" ... for having a perfect description/label for who I am and what it is that I am doing ... and for being part of a group of people exactly like me/on the same path ... Obviously that's a recipe for failure. It took me a long time to a) find my path, to b) be able to let go of too tight descriptions (moving ever so slowly towards the 'pathless path' - scary as that currently appears to me), and c) to accept that I probably won't encounter a great many people (in bodies) who walk this path too, respectively that it's not very likely that I will have a 'spiritual' community (satsang), and d) realise that all of this is just fine 🙂
  5. 2 points
    Pure Fact and Absolute Truth are such vague terms aren't they?
  6. 2 points
    Both. My religion is Heathenism, and that's the basis of my beliefs. I do, however, have some beliefs that are not connected to my religion. Like "marmite is a revolting substance fit only for repelling slugs". Oh no - hang on a minute - that's a fact.
  7. 2 points
    Once again I've run out of editing time. Blame the bacon butty. Could a mod be kind and add = in order to practice Paganism. to the end of my last sentence. I wouldn't bother except that this is in starters orders. Oh and perhaps delete this post or leave it here so that readers can assess the mental capacity of the writer :)
  8. 1 point
    Belief or religion for Paganism?
  9. 1 point
    To be honest, inviting her round for a meal was a nice thing to do, leaving anything that might make her feel uncomfortable for when you were alone was also very considerate. If all she can do in response is take the mick about what you'll be doing when she's not there (and therefore things that are naff all to do with her) then I'd have withdrawn the invitation too if I was in your position.
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    One Heathen's non-twaddle list Dictionary of Northern Mythology by Rudolph Simek Ecclesiastical History of the English People by Bede Egils Saga Futhark by Edred Thorsson Germania by Tacitus Gods and Myths of Northern Europe by H.R. Ellis Davidson Grettirs Saga Heims Kringla The Norse Kings Saga by Snorre Sturluson History of the Danes by Saxo Grammaticus History of the Vikings by Gwyn Jones Looking for the Lost Gods of England by Kathleen Herbert Lost Gods of England by Brian Branston Myth and Religion of the North by E.O.G. Turville-Petre Njals Saga Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland Our Troth by The Ring of Troth & Other True Folk Poetic Edda Translated by Lee Milton Hollander / Carolyne Larrinton among many Prose Edda Anthony Faulkes translation. Everyman's Classic Library Road to Hel by H.R. Ellis Davidson Rudiments of Rune Lore by S. Pollington Runelore by Edred Thorsson Runes by Ralph Elliot Saga of the Volsungs Teutonic Magic by Kveldulfr Gundarsson Teutonic Mythology by Jacob Grimm Teutonic Religion by Kveldulf Gundarsson Well and the Tree by Paul Bauschatz Heathen Gods in Old English Literature. Richard North The Cult of Kingship in Anglo-Saxon England. William A Chaney Rites and Religions of the Anglo-Saxons Gale R. Owen Witchcraft in England 1559 - 1618 Editor Barbara Rosen Persuasions of the Witches Craft, Ritual Magic in Contemporary England by T M Luhrman dav
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