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    Quote Originally Posted by Habba View Post
    I've always felt certain appeal for paganism and pagan cultures. But mostly for the mythology and atmosphere they provide. Few years ago I heard that I carry a gene that is very specific for vikings, and ever since I've felt very connected with the norse mythology.

    Do you relate with norse or celtic mythologies? They both are very nature oriented and close to what I perceive as wiccan.

    And how about satanism? At least to me it sounds like very similar set of values.

    Also, do you feel need to hide your beliefs from the public, or have you ever been treated ill for being a pagan?
    I have celtic and germanic roots myself so yes, I do relate to them and use them in my practices. Wicca often uses them as inspiration as well, but the actual religious part of it is very different, though the same principles of respect towards nature apply and most pagan religions also share the seasonal festivals/holidays.

    Satanism finds a home in pagan communities as well, yes. I have to admit that my knowledge on satanism is limited at best, but from what I understand, in some cases it's an active rebellion against christianity, though it has a 'grown-up' version as well, where it questions the universe itself and makes sure not to take things too seriously in life and make your own way in life, have that freedom with the ups and downs.

    I find that ehm...INTx's tend to be drawn to that path *chuckles*
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    Any suggested resources for the layperson to learn about paganism or Wicca apart from this thread?
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    Quote Originally Posted by phobik View Post
    There was none to miss.

    Where is your Ne?
    Do you use Ne as an excuse to remain nonsensical and even embellish you nonsense? Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iwakar View Post
    Any suggested resources for the layperson to learn about paganism or Wicca apart from this thread?
    Depends on the branch you're interested in

    How about taking a quiz to see where to start?

    http://www.selectsmart.com/FREE/sele...=paganreligion

    Lemme know the 5 first results and which one in particular takes your fancy and I'll see what I can do.


    Quote Originally Posted by Ginkgo View Post
    Do you use Ne as an excuse to remain nonsensical and even embellish you nonsense? Lol.
    Plz don't. I'd like to keep this thread clear and on topic. Tnx
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vala Faye View Post
    Satanism finds a home in pagan communities as well, yes. I have to admit that my knowledge on satanism is limited at best, but from what I understand, in some cases it's an active rebellion against christianity, though it has a 'grown-up' version as well, where it questions the universe itself and makes sure not to take things too seriously in life and make your own way in life, have that freedom with the ups and downs.

    I find that ehm...INTx's tend to be drawn to that path *chuckles*
    Yeah, I consider most forms of 'Satanism' or demonology to be Abrahamic in conception and perspective, which is why I worded my previous post the way I did. From casual observation it seems that some of them incorporate some form of ancient Egyptian or Middle-eastern mythos into their beliefs, which might be a gray area as far as classification is concerned.

    Definately not a satanist, btw; as an agnostic whose favorite kind of spiritual belief is Deism, I tend to stay away from unfathomable spiritual entities just in case they actually exist. I just enjoy mythology, whether its from actual religions, bastardizations from the same (much of DnD), or just made up (fantasy in general).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vala Faye View Post
    Depends on the branch you're interested in

    How about taking a quiz to see where to start?

    http://www.selectsmart.com/FREE/sele...=paganreligion
    Which Pagan Path Do You Follow?
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    Only the first two had any visible scoring to the left of them.
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    We hardly know anything about the historical Celtic druids because they didn't keep written manuscripts. They tend to be stereotyped as making blood sacrifices and being involved with Stonehenge, when in reality they probably just executed assholes on wicker men. RPG druids have no connection.

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    So Miss Faye.. do you ever get a little weirded out by some people out in the pagan community? Are there sometimes that you feel like you have to roll your eyes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by iwakar View Post
    Any suggested resources for the layperson to learn about paganism or Wicca apart from this thread?
    Why yes, you may hear the Pipes of Pan, you may hear the Piper at the Gates of Dawn, by clicking on -

    http://www.online-literature.com/grahame/windwillows/7/

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    @ Vala: For the record, you are not going crazy, it is wishful thinking in the best sense, and you are imagining it -- but that's the first step in making it reality.

    @ Scott: just what do you mean by "psychic development"? When I think "psychic", I think specifically of divination, something I have a somewhat uncommon perspective on, and don't do that often. My experience with spirits is limited and sketchy. I have encountered them mainly in meditative states, or more rarely in prayer circles. They have usually taken the form of a deity/archetype, or more rarely, some ancestral manifestation. While I have some strong animal identifications, I have not worked with any (yet) as spirit guides. This is something I would like to explore more.

    As for a spiritual goal, mine is to live more in harmony with the universe. This includes becoming more attuned with the energies that make it up, which I sometimes relate to in the form of Deity, but not exclusively. I know people who practice spiritual healing and reiki, but have not become involved in this myself. I will not claim to understand the processes, but it does seem to produce results. There are plenty of male Pagans - not sure what causes you to single them out.

    About spells: I see spells essentially as intent focused on channeling energy toward a purpose. Since I use spells primarily to affect myself, this basically amounts to marshalling my own energy and attuning it/tying it into the energy "out there" to achieve a specific end. Doing this to save a parking spot would be a waste of effort. I have done spells for things like making an important decision, resolving an interpersonal conflict, quitting a bad habit, finding a new home. I have never even attempted to influence the weather, but sometimes I wonder about traffic lights . . .


    Quote Originally Posted by Habba View Post
    Do you relate with norse or celtic mythologies? They both are very nature oriented and close to what I perceive as wiccan.

    And how about satanism? At least to me it sounds like very similar set of values.

    Also, do you feel need to hide your beliefs from the public, or have you ever been treated ill for being a pagan?
    For awhile I experienced a strong attraction to Norse mythologies, but upon closer examination that proved rather superficial (my attraction, not the mythologies), and I realized my attraction to Celtic was much deeper. My own background falls more in this area, and the relationship between culture and spirituality has long been of interest to me. I have never been treated ill for being a Pagan, but I do tend to be a very private person in general, and so don't share personal thoughts with many people. If I trust/know someone well enough to discuss personal topics, I will share my beliefs honestly, but without labelling myself.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vala Faye View Post
    I find that ehm...INTx's tend to be drawn to that path *chuckles*
    Sorry, Vala -- no one will ever take me for a "fluffy bunny", but Satan is a Judaeo-Christian construct that has nothing to contribute to my purposes.

    Quote Originally Posted by iwakar View Post
    Any suggested resources for the layperson to learn about paganism or Wicca apart from this thread?
    I would start with Margot Adler, "Drawing down the moon", and Scott Cunningham, "Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner". These are both a bit dated, but a good introduction. Also see Riane Eisler's "The Chalice and the Blade" for a historical context of Pagan/pre-Judaeo-Christian religion. Modern Pagan practice cannot, and indeed is not usually intended to recreate these practices with any accuracy, but many have derived inspiration simply from the knowledge of what the past once held. Online, check out The Witch's Voice, or just search terms that pique your curiosity. The internet is practically made for Pagans.
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