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#481 of 610 Old 08-22-2006, 02:27 PM
 
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I hope to pick up circle round soon. I just picked up a healing candle and lighted it for the first time. It has been along time since i felt inner peace...I am also very excited because I am a stahm as of thursday and I believe it is time to move into a new light!

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Wow, this thread moves really fast!

Welcome to all the new people, I too am fairly new.

I'm still reading everything I can get my hands on about paganism and now am delving into Wiccan. I finally feel fulfilled by a religion, it's wonderful, like the void in me is gone. Of course, now since getting into paganism, I miss living in a rural area, I live in a big city now that does not have seasons, so for the first time I'm bummed that I won't get to see the leaves change colors and experience all the smells and feel of autumn.

I'm also trying to get my altar set up, so I'm looking for cheap ways to do that. Not sure where to put it yet, though, my Christian husband I think is a little self conscience of having an altar set up with a God AND a Goddess on it. I got the book at the library "When Someone you love is Wiccan" for him to read and he's slowly coming around and learning about Wiccan and all the pre-conceived notions that he had about it are not true.

And, happy New Moon!
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Welcome new mamas!

Telling family can be tough...I've been a practicing pagan for longer than I was a Catholic, and I still haven't been able to "tell" my mother in so many words. My parents are very conservative (orthodox roman catholic...I know it sounds a bit odd, but I'm using "orthodox" here in it's dictionary definition) and while they know DH and I don't attend mass they would probably have kittens if they knew we attended the UU church...I can only imagine what they'll do when they learn we're actually pagan and not just Protestant!

Funny...we'll be refinishing our wood floors this weekend too. Must be the time of year or phase of the moon.

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I finally feel fulfilled by a religion, it's wonderful, like the void in me is gone.
You have said everything that I wanted to say about what I feel, in this short sentence. Thank you!!

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Phew! I get to go into PDX tomorrow and hopefully I can find some sage, incense, candles, etc.

Today I hung out with a friend that is splitting with her dh... things are tough for her, their community support is mainly his family, immediate and extended, so she isn't really feeling the love. I did get to visit We'Moon (if you guys are familiar with the calendars), because she is going to rent a cabin there. Very interesting.
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I'm sure most of you guys have already done this, but just wondering if we could go over intros again for us newbies to these threads

I'll start - I consider myself a witch, although I do use the term wiccan when talking to people because most people have some understanding of that term. I have been practicing for just about 10 years now. I am not big on formal rituals or drawn out spells, I am more go with the flow and what feels right at the moment. I think it is very important to fully intergrate your spirituality into your daily life.

I have one daughter who just turned 8 months old. My husband is not pagan, he doesnt know what, if anything, he is I was raised Catholic but have never felt guilty or worried about chosing a different path. I am out of the closet and actually am going to have my whole family over for Samhain next year.

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greenmagick--I'm sure we did it a couple years ago when we started the circle. And I know we've done it periodically in between so this seems as good a time as any to do it again.
So, me. I am Pagan, not Wiccan too. I do not belong to any groups or covens in part because there aren't any in my area, but more because my spirituality is a very personal thing and I'd rather for most things be solitary or just with my kids. I am very earth-centered and I have always felt particularly drawn to the moon. I'm not so big on formal rituals but I do feel that there are better times astrologically to do things and try and stick with, at the very least, the cycles of the moon when feeling the need to do something. I also try and keep in mind correspondences between colors and herbs and stones, etc. when choosing what to work with but mostly I follow my instincts and almost always go with what feels the most appropriate to do at the time. I think our subconscious' usually know what we need better than any book and that we need to listen to our inner selves more--I think this is true in general, not just in spiritual matters.
My family....my wonderful dh is not a terribly spiritual person but respects and honors my path and my need to share it with our children. We have three awesome kids--two girls ages 12 and 9 and a 6.5 y.o. boy, whom I share my beliefs with, as well as those of their Catholic grandparents and their Buddhist grandparents and those of other religions as I can so they will absolutely be free to make a (hopefully) educated decision about what path is best for them when/if they are ready to choose. Hmm, what else? We live near the ocean because I cannot bear to live more than 30 minutes away from her and have lots of animals and are striving to live more simply and closer to the land.
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I'm Monika. I'm 24 and have a dh and 3 dds. I was raised with no real religion however I did attend church with my grandparents sometimes. I have just recently started taking my interest in paganism seriously. So, at the moment I am trying to find my way. I know this is definitely the right place though.. I feel so fullfilled as I said a few post up.

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I also wanted to share my horoscope for this week from www.freewillastrology.com :

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LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Psychologists Ed Diener and Martin E.P. Seligman cite 150 studies that suggest economic factors have little to do with happiness levels. For example, the Masai of Kenya, whose per capita
income is under $300 a year, are as satisfied with their lives as the 400
wealthiest plutocrats in America. People living in the slums of Calcutta are
slightly less filled with well-being, but not much. Your assignment, Leo, is
to explore the personal implications of this. Can you get to the point
where you truly feel that your ability to enjoy life has little to with how
much money you have?
This just really hit home for me today. We have been having some financial problems of late (not unusual for us, just a way of life) and the summer is almost always a bad time for us money-wise. This horoscope was very appropriate as I can feel the stress about the money woes building a bit in our house and it bleeds into everything just a little bit and then a little more and then more... We have been trying to keep it contained so that our money problems are just that--money problems. Other than that, we are all healthy and happy, have a roof over our heads, loving family around the state, and--other than enough money to pay all the bills--we really have everything we need so that one thing should not be allowed to determine our happiness when we are otherwise so blessed.
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Ok, here's my brief intro:
I'm a 39 yr old single pagan, Unitarian mom. My ds will be 4 on/near the winter solstice.
I've been a practicing pagan for 30 yrs....Yep, since I was 9.
In the past, I've followed a couple different paths but now I call myself a generic pagan/witch.
I trained with a Traditionalist coven but left because it just wasn't a good match. It was too serious and there didn't seem to be much room for joy.
I also trained/celebrated with a Druid grove when I lived in England. That was lovely.
Now, I just do my own thing. I'd love to be a part of a pagan group but nothing rigid. I'm sure that won't happen until I can move back to my home state though.

Enough about me.
Ciao for now.
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I read this thread much more than I post but...

I'm new to paganism in the last year. Right now I'm involved in a Wiccan military circle and celebrating the sabbats with a few small covens that join for sabbat rituals. I'm happier than I've ever been so needless to say, it's been quite easy to settle right in. I just started working on a training program to become a deaconess in the greencraft tradition. I'm really enjoying that. It's alot of reading but still, enjoyable. I'm trying to find a way to integrate my spirituality into my parenting but like many here, my DH is not pagan and isn't crazy about that idea.
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So, me. I am Pagan, not Wiccan too. I do not belong to any groups or covens ... because my spirituality is a very personal thing and I'd rather for most things be solitary or just with my kids. I am very earth-centered ... I'm not so big on formal rituals ...

My family....my wonderful dh is not a terribly spiritual person but respects and honors my path and my need to share it with our children. ... We live near the ocean because I cannot bear to live more than 30 minutes away from her and have lots of animals and are striving to live more simply and closer to the land.
Ummm yeah that. The only thing I have to add is that I have four children - ages 16, 12, 3 1/2 and 18 months. We celebrate the sabbats as a family as well as honor the earth through our daily lives by making sure we do things every day to help take care of her. My DH calls himself Catholic although he doesn't really practice any religion.

I do belong to a local e-mail groups for Pagans but have found so far that most all of them are Wiccan and their get togethers do not include children so I haven't met any of them in person and don't really know if I'm even going to stay on the list. We do attend a local UU church and there is a CUUPS group that is part of it but apparently attendance was slow at their get togethers so they haven't been doing much, I'm hoping that might change.

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I grew up without religion, but always in the woods, living in one spot the whole time, near the ocean and mountains, pretty much just me and my sister.
I've explored Wicca on and off for years, but the formal aspects of ritual always kind of scared me off. But I've always felt really connected to nature and the moon and I've always celebrated the seasons, and researched goddesses and various spiritualities. I've always made little nature alters and left offerings outside in special spots. Only recently have I really come to accept that my own special brand of paganism is a legitimate spirituality.
I've started doing more rituals with my ds and today, we set up our first alter in our kitchen. : I think that it's important for my children to have a spiritual foundation, as I feel that was seriously lacking in my own background.
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Hi!

Hum... what to say about myself...

Well, my name is oblivious , I'm 36 and have 3 kids (15yo, almost 9yo and 13mo). I'm exploring and building my pagan spirituality for a few years now but it's a very sloooooow process

It's cooler here since the Full Moon and I really appreciate the weather! I don't have a lot of time to enjoy it tho because we're having a pretty big party this Saturday for DS's birthday and I'm NOT ready! Plus, I'm planning our homeschooling year... DD2 still doesn't sleep (mean I don't too), she's teething and I have learn that she's been in contact with chicken pox so she might get it soon... DD1 want us to go to a concert next week (will I really go to a Punk concert with a 15yo and a 13 mo: )...

and now DH is sick : Have been told it's a UTI and given antibiotics, he will have to see a specialist because there are concerns about the size of his prostate (sp?) - please send healing vibes our way.

Off to my bed now...

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first of all,

Valerie~ hope your dh greats well soon! And, you rock for going to a punk show with your teenager and 13 month old! But use ear plugs.

13moons~ a good horoscope (glad your liking the Free Will). It's a hard, hard lesson. But, I've been revisiting that lesson recently too, but from a different angle.

OwensMom~ what did you think of the commune (if that is what it is) at We'Moon? It sounds interesting and I love the idea of these sort of communities. I'd never make it living in one, though. I'm too picky about the people I can stand to live with.

I'm tired as the girls and my good friend and I spent the day at the beach. I'll post my intro tomorrow- good idea, greenmagick!

oh, one more thing! my~hearts~light: good to hear from you! Please post more about your studies as I would love to hear about it!

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13moons~ a good horoscope (glad your liking the Free Will). It's a hard, hard lesson. But, I've been revisiting that lesson recently too, but from a different angle.
You know, it is definitely one of those things I learned a long long time ago but that still bears reminding periodically. It is so easy to feel like you are being swallowed up by financial problems when you're in the thick of them and so easy to go overboard when you are experiencing prosperous times, allowing your financial status to have way too much effect on your general contentedness in either situation..
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Valérie-- Sending healing vibes your way for your dh. I hope it all turns out okay. ((hugs))
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Mostly I lurk since I now have work again and that takes up massive amounts of time but I'll introduce myself since I don't think I ever did.

I'll give you 3 guesses as to what my name is (hopefully you don't need 3!) and I've been a Wiccan for about 10 years now (hmmm... wow I hadn't realized it had been that long). When I was little there wasn't really religion in my house and I found Wicca after I divorced my Baptist husband. I used to practice with my friends but since me and DH have moved to NC I haven't found a group and have become solitary. Dh claims no religion but he celebrates Sabbats with me, so I may have converted him. I'm also a science teacher and a mama to my three cats (and hopefully a baby one of these days...).

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Forgive me for going on about this but I now have a favorite Goddess Doll. heh heh. It's the Star Goddess doll http://http://www.rowantree.net/Goddessdolls.html. Love that fabric! I think I'd want her to have red hair though. Ooh, or even black. I see a custom goddess doll in my future. LOL.
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Good morning, all!

Hi, I'm Diane and I love . I also love reading, my two wild daughters (ages 2 and 6), and playing in my garden. I've been known to wrestle goats for champagne.

I was raised christian but it never clicked with me (and really it rubbed me the wrong way as it seemed based in fear and a deep feeling of needed to be "saved" which I have never felt). I've been reading and looking deeper at Paganism for a couple years. Very solitary and will probably stay that way. I love this group, though, and our exchange of ideas and support.

My dh is not very spiritual, but he loves the Earth and works with it everyday, so we share that love. I sometimes think of myself as a green witch or kitchen witch, but I am not Wiccan. It's just that the garden and the kitchen are the avenues that I find magic.

The greatest thing about this Path- to me- is that the more attention I give it, the more magic I find everyday in everyday things.

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Salvia, it was much different than I thought up there... the land is very wild, and they work to keep some paths kind of mown down to get to each cabin, yurt, or trailer that is sort of buried amidst the trees and blackberries. My friends cabin has a water pump outside, she can pee whereever, and can go to the main yurt to poop. We went in the main yurt, which is big and round and so beautiful. I think they have to make decisions together, but it seems rather individualistic otherwise. I have another friend that does work for them, and she would complain about the process, and people slacking because it was their "moon time" and stuff. She's an uptight new yorker.

Er, so minus living within 30 minutes of the ocean, I'm what Moony said. I'm hoping to create an altar space at our new home, wherever that will be.
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Hi! My name is Heather. I am actually the mama of 4 kids. I have been studying Paganism for a few years. I would say I am a witch... kitchen/garden varity. My dd loves the idea and is really looking into it herself. My oldest son calls himself a Christian witch (that cracks me up) and the two little boys just love doing whatever. Although ds#2 LOVES Mother Earth. He talks to her, and I even made him a Mother Earth doll for Yule last year which he sleeps with. We usually do things from Circle Round (the kids and I) you know, new moon and full moon blessings, we "clean" house once a month, and celebrate the Sabbots. Dh actually took part in our full moon house blessing this month, that was very cool. I am really trying to train myslef in some herbal spells/magic and work with herbs for healing.
We live in the desert, which right now is lovely with all the monsoon stuff going on. I miss the ocean so very much, it is an actual ache inside me. DH doesn't get it,as he never cared much for the sea. My dream would be to have a beach house and go to the ocean every summer for 3 months (when it is terribly hot here). I need to work on that!

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I sometimes think of myself as a green witch or kitchen witch, but I am not Wiccan. It's just that the garden and the kitchen are the avenues that I find magic.
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My name is Indigo or Aimee in live in Southeastern CT with my hubbins and son. I am a voracious reader and crafter, who works out of the home full time.

I am a kitchen/green/sea witch without a garden. We're moving into a new apartment and I am hoping to start some pots of herbs and see what I can do about some serious container gardening next year.

My daily meditation is on mindfulness & intention. So I've been teasingly called a Zen Witch as well.

I don't post as much as I want since I am often sneaking on while at work.

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I love it! We're all Zen Sea Witches!

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My name is Lyndsey, I'm married with three kids, a son who is 6, a daughter who is nearly 3 and another daughter who is nearly one. I was raised without religion until I was about 11-12 when i was introduced to Christianity. It never clicked with me, though, so after I moved out of my parents house (they're pretty conservative Christian now) I went agnostic again and then recently started looking into Paganism/Wicca. As I said above, a religion is finally fulfilling me, I love it!

I actually just got back from the dollar store and found quite a bit of nice things to start my altar, some beautiful candles, bowls and a chalice that is wonderful. I want to visit a pagan store to look at goddess and god statues and also athames and pentacles. I'm happy to finally be setting up my sacred space!
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I'm, ummm...older than my dd, younger than my mother.

I was raised in a very traditional Irish-Italian Catholic family (daily morning mass, altar society, rosary society, fasting on Fridays, etc) and as a result I do have a bit of what my husband calls the "Catholic girl guilt complex". But I am thankful that I was in such a "traditional" family since I was exposed early and often to a very "mystical" religion...really there isn't a lot seperating novenas from spells, the Marian cult from the Goddess cult, and nothing like the Irish saints to bring some interest into a kid's life! So it's left me with some issues, but really a childhood filled with the Good Neighbors and the little folk rituals of my nana and the mystical elements of christianity could have been worse preparation for a pagan life! (I can focus like nobody's business!)

Anyway, I was always pulled towards other schools of religious expression and no longer considered myself "catholic" by the time I started college. I studied anthropology and religion in college and graduate school (did my thesis work with heretical groups in New York) and was an active member in a Reclaiming group for many years.

After a lot of soul searching I decided that while Reclaiming is important to me, it was something I "did", not who I "was" (using a christian analogy, you "are" Catholic and you are a "member" of St James Parish). I "am" a kitchen witch (but a "member" of Reclaiming)...I'm very focused on the practical integration of religion and life, and in bringing elements of religion into my daily routine. Which is fine since I've been living and working as a solitary kitchen witch ever since we moved, which would five years now.

DH (no specific religious path, sort of a "zen christian"...think Merton meets Hahn) and I have been together for 13 years and we have a 16mo dd who is a total joy. We're TTC a second child but it's been going slowly considering dd is nursing and both dh and I have wacky schedule. Oh, and I'm a reference librarian.

I'm a total ocean junkie and can't wait till we move back to a coastal area. I'd love the pacific northwest but with Dh's family here in NY it's more likely we'll move back to New England. Dh loves mountains and deep forests but I'm much more drawn to edges (coastal regions, forest edge, etc).

Errrr...I write haiku, I stay healthy but love pixie stixs, I do watch TV, I'm in the SCA, I've studied middle eastern dance for over 10 years now, I play piano, and I don't iron my clothes.

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Even after, what, over a year now? I am learning new things about you all, my lovelies!

Yes.... I am still here, alive and well. I just branched out a bit in my posting to the pregnancy forums, diapering, bfeeding etc. I am 8.5 weeks along! Woot!

My intro:


I am Shelley, 24 (Oh crap, almost 25! My bday is in one week!!!: ) Mama to Addison (dd 5) and Riley (ds 4 on Sept 6) and wifey to Jason for one whole year now! Preggers, obviously, with my #3 and Jason's #1. (First grandchild in his family too, no attention or expectations there, right? JK, they are actually really really cool.)

I was raised Christian, and haven't really abandoned Jesus, or some of the principles I grew up with, just sort of "Reclaimed" (Parentheses, because I actually don't know a whole lot of the Reclaiming trad, just really feel I am in the process of reclaiming femininity) the feminine Goddess. I was originally drawn to wicca, but one thing I always HATED about the modern christian church was all the steps, and rules, and expectations. And that is what Wicca says to me. So my focus is on the male/female God/dess YinYang if you will, the cycle of seasons, life/death, and the earth. I really like to feel rooted in the Earth and her cycle.

I teach the kids reverence for the earth, but I don't put alot of Pagany names to it. My family knows about my search for the feminine, but the term pagan would freak them out. I figure I teach them to revere the earth, and know that god is more than just a big figure fashioned after men, and they can find their way. I do teach them about Jesus, and we learn through some Bible parables, but I don't want them to narrow their veiw of goodness and truth to just the bible you know? There is alot to be learned about life and spirituality every single place you look in the World. I also don't use the bible in any punitive, or fear based way, thankyouverymuch. We go to a pretty lax (for the bible belt )Methodist church once every 6-8 weeks or so. More for the kids because they love the sunday school!

My latest books have been, of course, Circle Round. Love the stories and kids projects! And I am reading Dance of the Dissident Daughter. My mom and sister both want to read it based on my preliminary description so yay!

Once again I am rambling more that thinking through my sentances, but I can blame it on pregnant brain now, neener.....:

Shelley, mom to dd 5/19/01, ds 9/06/02, and ds 4/01/07.  Lost babe 4/09

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I was raised in a very traditional Irish-Italian Catholic family (daily morning mass, altar society, rosary society, fasting on Fridays, etc) and as a result I do have a bit of what my husband calls the "Catholic girl guilt complex". But I am thankful that I was in such a "traditional" family since I was exposed early and often to a very "mystical" religion...really there isn't a lot seperating novenas from spells, the Marian cult from the Goddess cult...
Yes! I was raised Roman Catholic and we went to church where there were many first generation Italian and Polish immigrants. Their cultures added a richness to my life. I remember the May Crowning vividly, although the church stopped doing that when I was a kid. Saying the mass in Latin, too- I always wished they had kept those things. Mary's statue was at the front of the church when I was a kid- she was moved to the back when I was a kid,too.

I do think the Roman Catholic mysticism helped to balance out the "born again" Christianity of my Dad.

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Mark me down for another ocean-loving pagan! We live half an hour away and that's even too much. Half a minute would be ideal. I'm Pam, 26, mom to Abigail, soon to be 4 and Geneva, 18 months. I was raised Christian, but a long and winding path took me away from it ( a lot of factors here, so I won't go into them all). Did some reading about wicca, under the influence of my older sister. I got into it arounf the time my first was born, but I've moved away from wicca into more general ecclectic pagan. I'd be Celtic Recon, if I was more organized, but ecclectic fits me better! My Dh is agnostic ignostic apatheist explicit atheist, self defined.

I'm teaching my kids about paganism and I try to bring it into my daily life.
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this was such a great idea, greenmagick! and I'm going to have to come back later to do it, because with the bizarre sonar that my child has, the minute I started typing Little Man woke up from nap and is very insistent about some dinner NOW

Brenda- Blessed wahmama to Sara(7) & Alex(5) 7/10 & 9/10 Living the crazy life with dh David & Charlie on our little urban farm!
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