See here for an important message regarding the community which will become a read-only site October 31.
Just letting everyone know about my new blog on pagan living: livingthepath.blogspot.com/ It's a blog about a modern witch and the journey of walking the path of the sacred everyday. I hope you all find it inspiring or useful in some way :)
Happy New Year!
I'm 31 almost 32 (I'll be 32 next week on the 16th) and I'm a practicing Egyptian Pagan. I honor and worship Bast, Sekhmet, Hathor, Anubis, and Hathor's husband Horus. Being a public pagan is easy for me as my Wadjet doesn't get any comments from people. I look forward to talking to others here and to find others like me. The only thing that gets me upset is the fact that my mother puts things on my shrine that I don't want.
I don't think she takes my path seriously. Oh well, can't wait to move out.
Help a grad student out?
I'm a professional psychology graduate student researching the ways in which minority faith (such as Paganism) impacts its practitioners' experiences of mental health services. Here's your chance to say what you've always wished mental health practitioners (e.g. therapists, counselors, social workers, psychiatrists, etc.) knew about you and your faith. If you could take a moment and complete my questionnaire here: www.surveymonkey.com/s/earthfaith , I would be greatly appreciative!
This is by way of introduction. I'm not a practitioner, but would probably describe myself as panentheist. Solitary. Looking to reinforce and become more aware of my connections to Nature.
Thanks for being here.
the solitary practitioner of magic has a deep understanding of the psychological power of work. for any magic to be, the mind must be fully engaged, or entrained both rationally and emotionally and then spiritually or mystically. it isn't wishing, or potions or curses or classic caricatures. ritual anchors the entrainment and reinforces it. some ritual is public practice, some is from within the heart. my own symbol for this is a ships wheel in a circle . the wheel is for the work , the circle is for the encompassing spirit. the ships wheel has eight spokes, for the eight pagan holidays, seasons and cross quarter days. the circle is the intangible ineffable awesomeness. amazingly, this year out of 25 years of my public paganism, i have been confronted at work by some one who "publicly" is offended by my practice of the holidays. i guess i'm surprised. he may get a lecture on history or something i haven't figured out what yet. need my many blessings. it's mabon.
Hi it is good to hear from you all. I have just come to this site as I am at across roads as far as my identity as a pagan. My public identity. I am old enough to know what I believe. At work my boss made fun of my Thor's Hammer and I politely told her it was a religious symbol and even emailed her a link to a more detailed explanation. No reponse from her. I feel angry and defensive and I want to take a stand. I am also fearful of having to EXPLAIN myself to EVERYONE. I respect their beliefs but the feeling is not mutual. Any suggestions and/or stories to illustrate better ways to let my beliefs be known?
I'm a 28 year old mother and wife to 2 in the beautiful state of Colorado. I am currently progressing from being out of the closet as so to speak fro years now; but feel as if there is something/one trying to "hold me back" from advancing in my own spirituality. In fact I've even been told this by a few as well. My part in this now is to find out what or who this "harmful influence" is and then correct it as the earth & god/goddesses see fit. I understand it may take a while to dig deep enough into my past and self as a whole until I figure this out and then find the technique or way to fix it. All i am asking today is if any of you have a way or technique to figure this out from experiences; then by all mean can you please share your experience with me so I can get a better and bigger picture of how to do this as a "Solitary Practitioner/Witch". I have tons of books and the web to use I know; but sometimes the words of a soul that has been through it already is more of a help for me than anything else is all.
Oh, if it helps in my case as well...I use to dable in the black arts or occult from 11 years old to 19-20 years old...yet have been working out of that since then and gain more positive personal powers yearly as well. I am also a Pisces Cusp Start date as well if that helps...Feb. 19th to be exact.
So anyway, if any of that helps as I hope it will I'd love to hear your story and especially how you cleansed yourself of the harmful influence or being as well.
I already know I need to find out what or who it is exactly first though so any help will help me in the end. :)
Much Peace, Love, Light, Respect, & Unity Always...
Brightest Blessings Always!
I'm new to the group - and to beliefnet - and just wanted to say Hi. I'm a 29 yo witch from Finland, and I am Out and Proud. I love discussing beliefs and spirituality.
hello im new to the group and just wanted to say hi i'v been out of the magical broom closet for a while and im always looking for cool pagan website to check out peace
“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.”
- Ayn Rand