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Magic- I not into practising magic, but I have felt the power of focusing energy or simply asking the universe for something (very similar to The Secret/ PoA). Thoughts?
|Labels~I wonder about the baggage that comes with the words 'witch' and 'pagan'. Sometimes I want to embrace them............ More and more, I think of myself as a Pantheist.|
|Gods/Goddesses~ If pressed I would have to admit I do not believe they "exist".......Perhaps Gods and Goddesses are paths of communication to the Divine.|
|Oh, and UnschoolnMa~ I thought your crazy, long post was very interesting! Thanks for getting my brain working.|
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Cool quiz Salvia! I scored as a Zoroastrian Pagan, which I've never heard of before. Going to have to look into that more!
|Since ancient times, China has hosted three religions: Confucianism,
Buddhism, and Taoism. The typical Chinese person has cobbled together a
mélange of beliefs gathered from all three. This is different from the
Western way, which is to be faithful to one religion or another, never
mixing and matching.
But that's changing in certain enclaves in North America, where growing
numbers of seekers are adopting the Chinese approach. They borrow
elements from a variety of spiritual traditions to create a
path. Religious historians call this syncretism.
~ At the heart of things I am a monotheist. I believe that the Sacred/Divine is singular and what I would describe as an energy or presence. I have no problem at all seeing that One represented by God and Goddess energy/personas, but I don't do the whole pantheons of multiple Gods/Goddesses with really detailed personalities thing. I am also a panentheist. I believe the Sacred is the earth and more than the earth, immanent and transcendant.
~I don't do a lot of formal ritual. I enjoy some organized stuff from time to time, and I do have a daily structured prayer and meditation practice that I really love. But I don't cast circles unless I am taking part in a ritual with others and then my energy is involved in that. I don't call watchtowers, etc. If I am doing some ritual I wing it and do it however the hell I want to rather than following some format about what and where.
~I've never had much use for some of the tools associated with Wicca such as wands, athames, cauldrons, or besoms etc. I find a lot of meaning in the elements though, and my pentacle is important to me.
~ The sabbats/Wheel of the Year are a big deal to me.
~ Magic. Oy. For me magic is all tied into prayer, meditation, and worship. The focus on magic and spells in nearly every book I read and lots of Wiccans I talk to makes me twitchy. It's like the magic is the whole point for many to the exclusion of everything else. I'm not explaining this part very well so feel free to ignore that lol.
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