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ImageWoodwife
Jun 8, 2010 6:30 PM CST
Name: Wendy
N. of Houston, Texas - 8b
An Old Wive's Tale
Tell us a little bit about yourself if you want, if not that's OK too.

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ImageWoodwife
Jun 8, 2010 6:46 PM CST
Name: Wendy
N. of Houston, Texas - 8b
An Old Wive's Tale
I'm not much of an introduction writer myself I usually just jump in and try to blend, lol. We all have our ways, don't we? :rolleyes:

But since this is my cubit I should get the ball rollin'.

I'm female, 45 and I live just north of Houston, Texas. I'm orginally from So. California. I have 8 cats and 1 husband.

I like to garden, read, heard cats and create pixel art. We live in hurricane country so I'm a prepper but with a small p.

I'm a heathen and hedgewoman (haegtessa), sometimes identifying myself as a folk witch, mainly drawing from British and Germanic sources.

I don't belong to an organized group and I'm pretty happy with my solitary ways but I would love to have more pagan friends to talk to.






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Imagegemini_sage
Jun 9, 2010 6:22 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY
I'm still on my first cup of coffee and my eyes trick me when reading sometimes, so at first I read "I have 8 husbands and 1 cat" LOL. At first I thought "Lucky lady!"...then thought, "no, poor dear"!

I embraced Paganism in my early to mid 20s as a solitary practitioner. I read several Scott Cunningham books back then, and was deeply moved by a work of fiction I read at the time, 'The Mists of Avalon'. In my early 30s I met a dear friend who was and still is a practicing witch, and who at the time was working with a coven. I met her coven and was invited to work with them, and as a result had my first experiences with group ritual. I'd always been somewhat leery about practicing in a group, as once a group is formed for spiritual practice, it seems the natural result would be an organized religion. I see many of the root issues I have with Christianity coming from the basic aspect of being an organized religion, and have indeed met what I call fundamentalist Wiccans along the way. I think fundamentalism and dogma are what I take issue with, regardless of the religion.

Anyhow, that group experience, to my surprise, was wonderful and enlightening! I found the the individuals had varying ideas and beliefs, but had no problem working together and using the group mind to raise energy- which was such a new thing for me to see. Through that group (who I still consider my family, my spirit family, if you will) I experienced my first Pagan gatherings of 200-500 people. I was completely blown away! Never before have I been among such a large group and felt such loving acceptance. The tangible feeling of that many people focusing their energy through drumming, dancing, chanting, and ritual was the most powerful and positive experience I'd had at the time- I was forever changed.

Today, I consider myself an eclectic Pagan, drawing from various sources and traditions that "speak" to me. I'm drawn to Celtic, Germanic, and Native American traditions most, but have drawn from Egyptian, African, Nordic, Voodoo, Santeria, and others over the years. I have a strong connection to the past in general, and have always enjoyed sort of paying homage to ancestors in reviving the old ways. I think thats where much of the attraction to certain forms of Paganism lies for me.
Val
Jun 9, 2010 12:05 PM CST
Name: Val
Ohio
Hi everybody!
I've been waiting for a cubit like this to pop up. Thanks for starting it.

I suppose the closest vague description of my path is Celtic Reconstructionism (but I don't speak a Celtic language yet). My deities are mostly Gaulish (but some are Brythonic). I'm a hard polytheist and offerings are a large part of my practices. I like Welsh/Brythonic mythology and get inspiration from studying Celtic history, archaeology, art, and culture.

I grew up in the 70's with a metaphysical philosophy called Macro. It wasn't a religion but rather a basic philosophy that I added my religious beliefs. I've always believed in "magic" but until I was in my late 20's I simply called it "speaking things into existence". However, I don't really mix my religious worship with my magical practices.

I've never practiced any mainstream religion and can be quite ignorant about them. That leaves me out of a lot of conversations. But I find all religions to be very interesting. I have found traditional Wicca very interesting even though it is quite different from what I believe/practice. I also have found other reconstructionist religions fascinating---I always learn something about the culture of their specific areas. Yeah, I like learning.
Calalily
Jun 9, 2010 4:27 PM CST
Name: Susanne
Deep South Texas
I left christianity(my step father was a crazy abusive JW) to become agnostic then to join a Wiccan coven about 30 years ago but strayed away from that. I went to a baptist church but left after a while. I just could not reconcile their teachings with intelligent thought process. The bible is like some big fairy tale and is so full of inconsistencies.
Now I guess I would best describe myself as eclectic also. I believe in "speaking things into existence" and "what I think, therefore is" philosophy. I believe that we all have a god within and are responsible for our own choices and decisions. I believe in reincarnation, I believe all things have a consciousness. My mother's family is native American and I practice some of their rituals and believe many of the same things.
Four years ago I found a partner whose beliefs, though not exactly the same as mine, are close enough.

The first time I was able to manifest something was so exciting!
Val
Jun 9, 2010 5:11 PM CST
Name: Val
Ohio
Woodwife, eight cats? Wow. I'd love to have a herd of cats.

Neal and Calalily, is there any particular NA tribe that you like their beliefs/rituals? Just curious. My grandparents were both members of a Lenape tribe but I don't know much about it. My dad still has two living uncles that are members of the tribe. They wanted me to sign up once to see if I qualified but I never did it.
ImageWoodwife
Jun 9, 2010 5:39 PM CST
Name: Wendy
N. of Houston, Texas - 8b
An Old Wive's Tale
Welcome Val and Calalily!

Yep, 8 cats and 1 husband...that's enough of either for me, lol

Please make yourselves at home. Start some new topics. Suggest some forums you'd like to see.
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Imagesheryl
Jun 9, 2010 7:40 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Hi everyone! I'm Sheryl, I was Pagancat on DG.

Really, the 'pagan' title started off as a joke between my DH and me - when asked about my religion by anyone at that time, born-again Pagan was my standard answer. Since then, we've used it for naming cats, domains, networks (yup, DH is a programmer) and numerous other things. When asked if I'm a real Pagan, I've always replied that I'm probably too short on belief for most real Pagans, but having a great love and respect for the natural world, that was what I called myself.

Neal, 'Mists of Avalon' had a huge impact on me.... gave me a feeling of having roots somewhere.

Anywho, here I am stuck in the buckle of the Bible belt (a very small town in Tennessee) with my wonderful DH, my 80 yy mother, 4 cats, 4 dogs and 7 horses and a lot of room for gardening. I'm 46 and blissfully unemployed... well, it's blissful most of the time!
ImageJoy
Jun 9, 2010 7:57 PM CST
Name: Joy Wooldridge
Kalama, Wa. Zone 8b
I'm Joy, I don't know much about any of this, but I find it interesting. You all are opening my mind to things I've never even thought of. So I'll probably do more reading or question asking than anything, but I'm glad you started this Cubit.

Oh, and I have a lot of cats too. I have 9 cats, 1 husband and I'm very happily unemployed too. Smiling
"Spring is Nature's Way of Saying, 'Let's Party!'" - Robin Williams
ImageRiverRat
Jun 9, 2010 8:14 PM CST
Name: aka Greenhouse_Gal
New Jersey
Val, if your grandparents were Lenape you are definitely entitled to enroll. There are benefits to doing so, I think; you should look into it.

I have 1 husband, a dog, a barn cat, a bunch of chickens and four geese, plus kids and assorted grandkids, and am blissfully retired, although I am also an artist and do portraits and other figurative works. I believe that we can often create our own reality, which is why it's important to stay positive!
Imagegemini_sage
Jun 10, 2010 6:08 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY
Val, I'm not well read on the various NA tribes (need to fix that too), but have friends who embrace Cherokee (and other) traditions and have introduced them to some of our group rituals.

I also believe that we, as co creators, do create our own realities. I think that is the basic premise behind the concept of magic.

Over the years I've read and watched various people who "channel" some entity or another, and most I've found rather vague and hokey. However a friend of mine introduced me to Esther Hicks (who channels entities collectively known as "Abraham"). I've found many of her teachings to be profound, yet logical. Curious if any of you are familiar with her? There are many videos on Youtube of her. Many of the messages are about manifesting your desired reality.
ImageEufaula
Jun 10, 2010 8:00 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Good morning! Ive been reading your intros and decided this must be a place for me too! I was born and bred into a VERY Southern Baptist background and culture...yes culture. I knew as I grew into young adulthood that there just had to be another way and belief system. I grew tired of all the Fire and Brimstone and Angry God realitiy that I was bombarded with as I matured. I felt that there had to be more.....a choice as it were...an inner conscienceness and reality that just wasnt being addressed in my life.
Have you ever... .just knew things....I mean ...felt that something was pulling you in a direction that needed to be explored??? Im not saying this right. All I know is that I knew things were going to happen before they did, or I knew always when someone was speaking true or not. I knew as a small child, even though it had been denied by all my family, that I was of native American descent. I just seemed to be led by a force that ws bigger than myself and I started to Listen more to those instincts.
As it turned out I am from a now extinct line of Native American Ancestry, the Natchez People, who intermarried into the Muskogee (Creek) people, when they were all but Anihilated by the French in the 1700's.
Sorry, didnt mean to turn this into a History lesson. What I mean to say is that as a young adult I started to listen to my own inner voice and it led me to some really wonderful realities about my belief system. I am now a Neo-Pagan,who believes we were put here to be guardians and caretakers for the earth and all she has provided for us, and to be the sister and brothers of all earthly Creatures that walk , crawl, swim or fly.
No I do not worship Mother Earth only Show her the respect that she deserves for all that she has and will provide for every living thing. I believe in a higher power but cannot and will not try to explain What that power is. Only that it is and I am .
My path is never blocked, it just needs sweeping!
Imagesheryl
Jun 10, 2010 8:11 AM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
"we were put here to be guardians and caretakers for the earth and all she has provided for us, and to be the sister and brothers of all earthly Creatures that walk , crawl, swim or fly...."

Well put, and a very important concept.
Imageolrun
Jun 10, 2010 10:28 AM CST
Name: olrun bjarnylr
tennessee
Greetings to all, and many thanks to Neal for the link. I am animist, with shared energy replacing the concept of soul, and have generally spent group ritual time away from the group. I found that, over time, I had lost my connection to all that is. I have recently dedicated myself and am filled with joy to find that I am able again to feel the world around me and to raise deep energy with my bonded fellows. I believe in the absolute power of music and dance to inform a joyous life and count few things finer than a starlit night with my drum and little else.
ImageWoodwife
Jun 10, 2010 1:19 PM CST
Name: Wendy
N. of Houston, Texas - 8b
An Old Wive's Tale
Welcome sheryl, Joy, Eufaula, RiverRat and olrun!
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Imagegemini_sage
Jun 10, 2010 6:50 PM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY
Lynn, so glad you found us, Welcome!

Olrun, thanks so much for joining!

I love this! It's like the fairy folk and wood sprites are coming out of hiding :-)
Curlyhut
Jun 11, 2010 6:56 AM CST
Name: Cindy
London, KY
Reality is just an illusion.
Thanks Neil for the link! Well lets see, my name is Cindy. I am 47. I was lucky enough to meet Neil through a friend and see his awesome garden!! I hope to see that soon too! From the pictures on Facebook it again looks beautiful. I don't have a green thumb for gardening, but I do have one for cats. I have 3 that have trained me well. They are my love and my life, and I would own a 100 cats if I could. I moved here to KY in 2000 from Illinois and have yet to regret it. I love the energy here in Ky and TN area. This has aways felt like home to me.
I have been pagan all my life, although I did not know it. I have always been able to see, hear, and feel. As I kid I , I couldn't explain it, and I wasnt allowed too, but I knew "others" were there and all around me. I grew up a JW as well and bolted when I turn 18. I will never believe that a loving diety can have that "do this or else mentality". Humans are imperfect and always will be. I think that the Goddess and Gods know this and see that I will always screw up somewhere in my pathwork. They will laugh when I laugh, cry when I cry, and help when they can, and yes the Universe does have a sense of humor. I know that I can yell and rant at them, and they will love me regardless. We are here to experience this existance, and can only hope to come out in the end with a little more common sense, love and faith then when we came in. I read cards and talk to guides and loved ones. I love helping and healing when I can, and most don't know this, but they heal me in the process as well. I question my insanity sometimes, but any pagan that has been on this path for any length of time knows that sometimes its just plain fun to be insane :)
My job keeps me busy, but I do miss being around my fellow pagans and hope they know that even though I dont talk to them often,or I'm having a bad month or year, that they are always in my thoughts and prayers. I love the concept of this site, and hope it takes off like I feel it will. Merry Meet everyone and blessings to each of you!

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ImageWoodwife
Jun 11, 2010 11:10 AM CST
Name: Wendy
N. of Houston, Texas - 8b
An Old Wive's Tale
Welcome Curlyhut!
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Imagegingin
Jun 11, 2010 11:42 AM CST
Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida
fun being insane...being insane at times is what keeps me sane Whistling

I'm Ginger, 63, live on 10 acres in the Florida panhandle..2 kids living and one who died at about 4 1/2 months, 5 BIG dogs and a husband. You'll notice the order in which I put them Rolling my eyes. Hilarious!

Thank you for starting this cubit. I look foreward to learning about being wiccan or pagan. I get more from being outside enjoying the flora and fauna then I ever got from "church".
Each cloud has a silver lineing if only you look for it.
ImageWoodwife
Jun 11, 2010 12:54 PM CST
Name: Wendy
N. of Houston, Texas - 8b
An Old Wive's Tale
Welcome gingin. Make yourself at home, feel free to ask questions :)
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