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I am not really sure what I am myself...LOL. I was raised Christian, but it didn't fit me well as I grew up, and I never could grasp the whole "One God over all" thing (seemed a little unbalanced to me). I celebrate the Pagan holidays, and they make sense to me because they incorporate balance and tangible/visible things. And though I have worked in the past with Quan Yin and Qi Lin, as well as Bast and Isis, I primarily work with the 4 major Archangels in manifesting things now.
I kind of don't really fit in anywhere, but "pagan" seems to be the closest. Everyone seems to be welcome on this board if they describe themselves to be anywhere close to pagan. Maybe even if they are not pagan, but are willing to accept and learn, and not be judgemental or condescending! :) Blessed Be and Have a wonderful day!
Edited by: TENDRHEARTANGEL at: 7/12/2011 (09:27)
Nice to meet you. I describe myself as a Neo-Pagan with heavy influence from Eastern Philosophy and Mysticism (Buddhism, Taoism, etc.), and even a dash of Native American Shamanism. Or, in easier terms, an Aimless Eclectic, or Salad Bar Pagan.
I celebrate Beltane and Samhain. I also try to recognize the at least the solstices, if not the equinoxes.
I try to practice mindful living, meditation and yoga regularly.
I'm also very involved in my local pagan community, attending a weekly discussion group (and the monthly potluck), and several local festivals and gatherings - offering where I can to really incorporate children in the fun. At a Samhain festival, I'll be doing a children's bardic circle, children's drum circle, children's Samhain ritual, and children's yoga and guided meditation.
It takes all kinds, Drellabella, and I am certainly glad to have you!
I am actually a buddhist but I celebrate the "holy' days of paganism--lammas, beltane, ssamhain, etc. I do not believe in magick in a literal sense, but I believe that doing the ritual of magic is a psychological technique that implants your goals and desires more deeply in your mind and brings them power by focusing your psychological energy. So i do spells and ritual, but from a perspective of psychology. I like celebrating the holy wheel because i like marking important transitions in nature and linking them to psychological needs that should be addressed. Like i use samhain to celebreate the lives of my dead relatives, I treat the fertility rites of may day as fertility of the mind, etc. I was wiccan for a while, but came to believe that buddhism was more suited to me, but i still follow the holidays and do spells because i think they have deep jungian psychological impact that can lead to true transformation.
keep trying despite failure, and if you perservere, eventually you WILL succeed.