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    Describe your path

    What are basically your beliefs...

    Things like....
    What Gods or Pantheon do you believe in?
    What rituals do you practice and for what purpose?
    Do you believe in the Afterlife or Otherworld?
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    Re: Describe your path

    My gods are dragons, from the world's lore and beyond. By beyond I mean those that I have come across who do not have a place in lore.

    I have a plethora of different kinds of rituals. I have some that are destruction based done on the dark moon, some creation based done on the full moons, random kaaos working during the month, daily devotional style, and one for each of the 9 holidays I recognize. There is also smaller spellworkings, though they are quite lengthy in themselves.

    I believe in multiple astral planes existing in the unmeasurable expanse that is the Universe. I believe life exists between the different planes. When we die in one we transition to another. Where we go is either our soul's true home or a plane where we need to learn/experience something. We may do so through different lives, alternating between home and other planes.

    I believe that to be truly in balance we must be in a state of flux between 'darkness' and 'light'. Leaning too much to one side or the other isn't being in balance, staying neutral isn't balance, being in a state of stagnation impersonating death isn't balance. To be in balance with the Universe you must treat all energy currents equally and work within them. So all 'good' or all 'evil' are equally as bad and trying to destroy the other can only lead to destruction of all as a whole.

    In the practice I throw a third factor into the balance. I honour kaaos, the energy that we all come from. It is the energy that resides in us all. It is formless, untamable, unyielding, unmeasurable, it is all and everything. It is also the force that defies order and seeks to keep the Universe and all that reside in it in motion. Kaaos stirs the pot so destruction can release stagnated energy in order for creation to bring forth new life. I guess in a way I keep a three way balance.
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    I call myself a Celtic pagan because that's what I feel closest to, although I'm neither a reconstructionalist or revivalist.

    I believe in the Fae, souls and energy, and most of that New Agey stuff.

    I'm a healer and protector by nature, but I respect that there is no Light with Darkness. That's part of why my matron is the Washer at the Ford.

    I study destruction and harm, but I use all of my knowledge responsibly.

    I'm a hard polytheist in the belief that all of the gods are separate entities.

    My rituals are few and far-between because I prefer to use spells except in very serious workings. They're all to honor the gods and bring about some change.

    I believe in reincarnation until one is ready to move to the Summerland. As for an underworld, I'm not entirely sure, but I imagine there's some otherworldly correctional facility.

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    Although I don't think I'm comfortable with it any longer, I'm still truly eclectic at heart. So while my beliefs don't really fit together in a lot of ways, I'm working on finding a way to make them flow together a bit more.

    The heart of my practice is my worship of Dionysos.

    I also still worship Ganesha regularly - when I was in college I found Hinduism (I knew it existed but it took me that long to actually learn much about it) and have had an affinity for it ever since. Although I don't currently worship any other Hindu gods regularly, I adore Krishna and I am still in love with India. At the moment, I'm trying to learn more about Greek occupation in India and see if there is a way to merge the two into Indo-Greek syncretism.

    I believe in the "pantheon" of Kushiel's Legacy, primarily Elua (who I think of as a kind of Krishna/Dionysos), Naamah, and Eisheth. Elua's precept, "Love As Thou Wilt", is the basis of how I live my life.

    I began my path as a witch and I miss it. If I could find a way to fit it into my current beliefs, I would love to go back to it.

    I don't believe in ghosts, vampires, faeries, etc.

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    I'm a pantheist. I believe that the whole is god, and each thing is part of god.

    This allows for a lot of flexibility of belief and a lot of chaos. The greater whole that is god, being made up of so many living and non-living things, seems to get confuzzled on occasion. But honestly, that seems so much more real to me than some being that just can't get us to behave.

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    Re: Describe your path

    [quote author=TaiganPagan link=topic=135.msg681#msg681 date=1286696889]
    What are basically your beliefs...

    Things like....
    What Gods or Pantheon do you believe in?
    What rituals do you practice and for what purpose?
    Do you believe in the Afterlife or Otherworld?
    etc...
    [/quote]

    As a hard polytheist, I acknowledge the frank reality that there are a plethora of gods out in the multi-verse, some of which we know, some of which we don't know, many of which we do not recall, and some that are being born by our actions. But for my personal practice, I work primarily with Kemetic pantheon, with some friendly walk-ins by the deities of Greece and Rome (and Hecate has plopped her stuff down and started hanging up her herbs, setting her vessel with a fire beneath it...letting me know she is here to stay)

    As for what rituals I do, well...that's an interesting thing there. I do work on three levels. First is the Ceremonialist innerself ritual, the whole macrocosm/microcosm paradigm. Second is the more naturalist shamanic/hedge-riding work I do with spirits of the place I dwell. Third is just general pragmatic folk sorcery/ye olde witchcraft I've picked up from things I've read/experianced to work. However, my workings of my craft are something I only do after I have put in the mundane physical work to try and get things moving. I find my craft works much more precisely when I actually get off my duff and go out to apply for a job, then do a working to better my chances of finding and getting a good job then just the working alone. It's that old maxim "The Gods help those who help themselves"

    As for the afterlife, I'm a bit of an odd duck when it comes ot the afterlife. I believe that there are multiple afterlifes after we cross the pale grey veils of death. I believe that there are afterlifes that are tailored to the various deities that roam the multi-verse, with some healthy overlap which allows souls to mingle. I believe in many realms of existence, of which this realm is just one rather simple plane of existence, and there are others moregrounded than this, and others more loftier then this. I also believe that the realms trickle into one another, sometimes more than others in certain spots, and that the beings that dwell there can cross into our world and back again on a semi-regular basis.

    As for other things, I believe in all sorts of metaphysical/occult beliefs (I refuse to call them New Age any more as new age is merely a revival of the older metaphysical techniques that have been around in one form or another for centuries, though more specifically it is attuned to reviving the metaphysical movements that started around the late 19th and early 20th century). I believe in ghosts, spirits, demons, dragons, angels, fae, Cthulhu, *insert ooky spooky here* and the like since I know the multi-verse is far greater than we mere humans like to readily admit, so I see more than enough room for such beings to exist. (and that's just me looking at it from an analytic view)
    "Paganism is wholesome because it faces the facts of life.

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    Re: Describe your path

    I'm a hedgewitch, which is a tradition that mixes some shamanic practices with folk magic and other "traditional" witchcraft practices. I'm currently solitary, with no plans to change that - I've done coven and group work in the past, and I greatly prefer working alone.
    My rituals don't really follow any specific structure, they are not usually very formal, and are often spontaneous or done with minimal planning. They focus on crossing between the worlds (so yes, I do believe in an afterlife/unseen world), and working magic (usually protection or cleansing). However, most often my focus is on celebrating nature and its cycles, and communing with Deity. Honoring the ancestors and spirits is also a big part of my personal path.
    I do a lot of herb work, both with what I garden, and what I can forage locally. Having a local focus is pretty important to me... knowing what grows where and when, what animals are around and their habits, and being "in tune" with where I am.
    I guess you could say I'm a bit of a hearth (or, kitchen) witch as well - as I also have a focus on the home and family, and enjoy combining magic with cooking and baking at times.

    When it comes to Deity I'm a panentheist (Wiki: God exists and interpenetrates every part of nature, and timelessly extends beyond as well.), as well as a soft polytheist - one Deity, yet with many individual Names, all part of the One, yet still individual on some level.
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    If I'm asked I say I'm an Animist pagan who follows the northern tradition / gods.

    I believe that all religions are man made but belief is something that is deeply personal. The hard part is deciding what your own spiritual beliefs are and then seeing if one of the religions is compatable with what you feel in your heart. I think for many and I include myself in this, are born into religions not of our choosing and then we start to question what is truly meaningful to ourselves to find where we belong. I was not so much drawn to the Northern gods as pulled in their direction.

    When I say all religions are man made I don't mean they don't mean anything. When something has been invented then it exists. Cars were invented they now exist, the only difference between them and religion is one is a material construct the other is a construct of the mind and heart. I don't think I will meet Frigg out shopping in the supermarket but she is as real in my heart, head and life as I believe she was to my ancestors. All the gods to me are separate entities.

    I have a shrine for my ancestors and the disir. I also know I share this space and land with the local wights an I'm respectful to them. I try to live my life in a way that will not bring shame on my ancestors or my descendents. My belief is solitary as I know of no other pagans around me, but my friends and family are aware of my feelings and respect them.

    I don't think too much about the afterlife, this one I'm living in now takes up my time and I guess I will find my way when the time is right to move one. When I do think about it, I hope to be once again with my loved ones.

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    I am a heathen that means I believe in the Gods, but I do not treat them as friends, powerful beings yes, but I treat them as good enemies, to which I must stand up to prove my worth.
    I have great respect for the Norse Gods.
    I strive to follow the Odinic rite and Charges.
    I revere my ancestors.
    I believe in the existence of the spiritual world where my ancestors resides, blissed or not blissed by gods.
    I believe the spiritual world(afterworld) is the place where the Gods are battling each other for dominance over the source of souls (they fight to dominate us), in a war that could lead to the destruction of the Gods themselves (The Ragnarok).
    I believe we are alive to grow, to become who we should be in the afterworld, and that only while living can we change who we are, once dead, you stay what you are forever. Like being a child growing to become an adult.
    I revere the changes of the seasons, the cycle of birth and death, I revere Nature.
    I follow a path of the farmer/soldier, who pledge his life to his lord (medieval lore) to heed the call to war with him when asked.


    I am a Nature Heathen!

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    Re: Describe your path

    I think I'm an Eclectic Transtheist. That's the best term I've found so far. That pretty much means that I believe in Gods but in an almost atheistic way.
    I believe that they are there as a form of applied energy or hanging spirit and a type of a behavior or quality, but not that they are all powerful beings. I also believe that in many regards, humans are above the Gods.
    The eclectic part means that I'm grabbing from just about everywhere for pieces of my practice.
    Right now, I'm worshiping Cern and Abnoba as the heads of my pantheon. I have a lesser pantheon which I worship, but I'm yet to feel out the names associated with them.
    "Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children." - Khalil Gibran

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