Hi All, id like to find out how i should go about joining the pagan culture ?

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i would like to practice alone, how do i go about starting, i have a book of shadows already and a couple spells nothing magnificent, who can i talk to, and who can answer my questions?

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Labgrrl

Pagan refers to several hundred religions. I recommend picking one, and going from there.
As a Wiccan, I thought since you said book of shadows you meant Wicca, but then you said “spells” so it’s obvious it’s not about the gods for you, and therefore not Wicca.

~Heathen Princess~

What kind of pagan? There are a ton and are usually culturally based such as Heathen/Asatru, Kemetic, Hellenismos, Romano, Druid, etc. There are also eclectic and Wiccan that claim no historical culture but are completly valid.
Most pagan paths don’t practice magic. Witch craft is a practice, not a religion. While many pagans practice magic, thier traditions or denominations don’t demand it. I don’t, never have and have no desire to practice magic of any kind.
Your path should be about the gods first. Worry about everything else later.

Crystal clear

Before deciding on “joining the pagan culture”, I suggest you learn a little more about it.
Pagan can refer to any number of religions and spiritual systems – each of which beliefs and practices vary.
Wiccans and some witches keep a Book of Shadows. Wicca is a religion, witchcraft is a magical practice. The two can compliment each other quite nicely – but they don’t *have to* be intertwined. There are Wiccans who don’t practice witchcraft, as there are witches who do not follow the religion of Wicca.
So start out with some self-exploration. Define what your personal beliefs really are about deity, and what studies you want to focus on.
I would recommend your reading “Triumph of the Moon” by Ronald Hutton, and “Drawing Down the Moon” by Margot Adler.
If you wish to study and practice alone, but still network with others, then the internet is a handy tool. Search MSN groups and Yahoo groups and the like for Pagan egroups. (Or Wiccan or witchcraft groups if you find that one or both of these practices is well suited for you.) There you can ask questions, share thoughts and ideas, swap information and recommended resources, etc. with other pagans – and it will supplement your studies to have others with similar beliefs and/or interests to chat with – if you keep an open mind, you’ll find a lot of food for thought by considering the varying viewpoints of others.
The Witches’ Voice is another good networking site for witches, Wiccans, and other pagans: http://www.witchvox.com/
Blessings on your journey.

Tahuti Reincarnate

Find a public group that’s doing rituals. It doesn’t matter if they’re Wiccan, Druids, Asatru or any other sect, but rather that you show up at a few a year to get a feeling for how Pagans live. Reading a few books can help too. I usually suggest Progressive Witchcraft by Janet Farrar, Witchcraft: A Concise Guide by Isaac Bonewits, and Prometheus Rising by RA Wilson. But, even more importantly is that you spend some time meditating in the wilderness. Get a feeling for the cycles of the world you’re living in. As above, so below.

virsolustui

I’m a solitary practitioner… If you want, you can email me to ask me questions… jaguarzone@gmail.com
oh and I would start reading as many different books as you can, Scott Cunningham and Silver RavenWolf give two differing methods. You should also take notes as well…

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