Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Pagans and students

I have been a pagan since I was about 16. By then I'd been raised in the Christian church and fully trained in the teachings of Christ. I was also raised by a single mother that had liberal views on certain things. A devout christian woman, she taught me visualisation, little poems, and herbal remedies. It wasn't until I was reading a book on witchcraft that I realised that this woman so devoted to Jesus was infact teaching me bits of the craft!

The more that I studied the more these little bits of knowledge became helpful and clarified the teachings. Being a pagan for more than 15 years, I wonder how others came to the path. I recently encountered a youth online that proudly declared they are a witch but knew nothing of the craft. Not even basic circle casting. They plainly proclaimed they didn't know anything about what to do. They'd checked out a few beginner books but didn't understand any of it.

I was shocked and appalled. I wondered at this person's motives in declaring themselves part of something when they didn't know fully what that meant. Then I looked at myself. What does being a witch/pagan mean to me?

When I tell others that I'm a Witch or that I'm Pagan, I'm not doing so to be rebellious or to make Christians (the traditional Pagan foe) uncomfortable. It's just part of who I am. I see my faith as devoutly as the preacher at the local church. When I talk to my gods, it's the same as that preacher praying to his. When I cast my circle and do my spellwork it's another form of prayer.

I also realized that I don't just do circles and spells. I do daily devotional studies, meditation and prayer. I converse with my gods and speak to them as closely as I do my friends.

I suppose that's what got me fired up. I contacted them saying that I'd be happy to educate in little bits when possible. The person quickly lost interest and that's fine. We all have our paths to follow.

But it got me thinking, Here's today pagan questions:

How hard is it to find resources when you are starting out?
How do others come to the craft?
Did you have teachers or did you learn on your own?
Is there a set path that you follow?
  • if so who created it? What is it's history?  
  • and if not, how did you create the path you follow?
My answers are below:

How hard is it to find resources when you are starting out?
I was blessed in that I had a teacher that offered me lots of books and resources. She was a wealth of information. I also had others that came into my life in order to help me on my path. 

Did you have teachers or did you learn on your own?
As mentioned, I had teachers up to a point. Then I sought my own path, chosing which parts I believed and which I didn't.

Is there a set path that you follow?
  • if so who created it? What is it's history?  
  • and if not, how did you create the path you follow?
There are traditions, and schools of thought but for me, I follow pantheons. My ancestors are Irish/Norse so I have relied on them but I have found that the greek gods are familiar and comforting. I have dedicated myself to Aphrodite for most goddess worship. 

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