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    Pilgrimage

    If you were to do a pagan related pilgrimage, where would you go and what path would you take?
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    Re: Pilgrimage

    I have no idea. There is no "holy" site and "historical" sites are no longer as they once were.
    The closest thing I could come to a pilgrimage would be a deep meditation with the intent to visit with the original deity of my tradition. I'm not sure what point that would serve because the original deity was an "Air God" without form or substance of any kind. Pure intellect and potential with nothing in common with corporeal life. Itis much better for me to interact with its offspring, who at least have gender.
    It's an interesting topic. I look forward to finding out what places are "sacred" to others for a pilgrimage.

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    I haven't given it enough thought to have thought out a route... But iceland has a certain appeal to me. I know a few of the heathen blotlaugs (I have bo clue what the English word is) do a walk through Denmark to a few sites every year, but I never really looked into the details of it.
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    Re: Pilgrimage

    I honestly don't know. My practice relates to the natural world around me, so every uninhabited place sort of feels like that to me.

    I felt strong ties to the Hebrides in Scotland. It was a desolate landscape, but it felt powerful.
    I also always feel intense about the forests in my home on Vancouver Island. Maybe it's because I grew up there and that's where I first felt drawn to nature-based religion, but I still feel like the temperate rainforests there are somewhat sacred and special.
    The Brocken mountain in Saxony also feels special (when we've managed to find paths that aren't full of tourists). I can see why Goethe loved it. Generally, I find that I share Goethe's spiritual outlook.

    But still, I feel something every time I go hiking in the wilderness, regardless of where I am. Brandenburg, Sardinia, England, Ireland, Belgium, Switzerland....it doesn't seem to matter.

    So, that being said, I am aching to get out of the city. My mom is coming to visit soon and I'm hoping I can talk her into a day hiking trip to Märkischer Schweiz (a hilly lake region in Brandenburg). I'd like to go there.

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    Re: Pilgrimage

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    I honestly don't know. My practice relates to the natural world around me, so every uninhabited place sort of feels like that to me.

    I felt strong ties to the Hebrides in Scotland. It was a desolate landscape, but it felt powerful.
    I also always feel intense about the forests in my home on Vancouver Island. Maybe it's because I grew up there and that's where I first felt drawn to nature-based religion, but I still feel like the temperate rainforests there are somewhat sacred and special.
    The Brocken mountain in Saxony also feels special (when we've managed to find paths that aren't full of tourists). I can see why Goethe loved it. Generally, I find that I share Goethe's spiritual outlook.

    But still, I feel something every time I go hiking in the wilderness, regardless of where I am. Brandenburg, Sardinia, England, Ireland, Belgium, Switzerland....it doesn't seem to matter.

    So, that being said, I am aching to get out of the city. My mom is coming to visit soon and I'm hoping I can talk her into a day hiking trip to Märkischer Schweiz (a hilly lake region in Brandenburg). I'd like to go there.

    Edit: I think this may have been the most German thing I've ever posted.
    You found paths without tourists at Brocken? I've only been there once, and that was probably in tourist season. But there were just people everywhere.
    Schwarzwald though, part of it anyway, has some of that feeling for me. Been there a few times... the area around Die einhornhöhle in Harz is pretty special too...
    New forest in England! That was wonderful... I really want to go to scotland too...
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    Re: Pilgrimage

    DF an internal spirit journey isn't really a pilgrimage. But that does bring a good question of what is. Typically, it's a journey to a physical sacred site. But those are few and far between for the pagan community. And another aspect is that a lot of people consider the journey just as impotent as the destination, so hoping on a plane, then into a cab or bus really isn't the same. The journey matters.

    I've tried thinking of some destinations, googled it, and there's really not much. Stonehenge is a big one, but it's so touristy. I personally don't like that idea. I have thought about here in the states most pagan sites would be native American. But most of those are burial mounds anyway and it's not my tradition or ancestors. But then, do we as Pagans truly need a destination other than nature itself? I don't know. I've been thinking about it.
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    I grew up with Mississippian mounds practically in my backyard. I'm, literally, from just a stone's throw away from Cahokia. Cahokia, having been abandoned prior to the arrival of Europeans and not having been resettled by later Native people's (it's not even though that the Illiniwek in general, or the Cahokia specifically are descended from the original "Cahokians"). But anyhow, aside from having been there any number of times growing up, it's the most pilgramige-y think I can think of, from human hands. It even has a woodhenge.

    Otherwise, nature stuff. I could probably come up with a huge list, but Quetico Provincial Park on the Canadian side of the Boundary Waters and Big Sir and Yosemite probably top the list.
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    Re: Pilgrimage

    My "pilrimages" generally involve packing some food (and bugspray) into a bag and walking in a random direction...

    According to James Stephens, to find god, go anywhere and if gods wants you, you'll find it (paraphrased from The Crock of Gold).
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    Re: Pilgrimage

    I myself would find the "Vision quest" idea very interesting. Where you go out into nature,and seek understanding of your connection to the "World"(world here being kind of all of Nature)
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    Reading John Muir while minimalist backpacking in Yosemite... Or Sigurd F Olsen canoeing the Boundary Waters..... I think that's probably the ultimate pilgrimage for me...
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