I’m an eclectic pagan, I practice and study Buddhism, Taoism, Hermetic Magick and have studied and practiced “green” wicca. I’m always curious which avenue of pagan theosophy is attractive to an individual and how he/she came to choose that path.

I’m interested in serious answers, but what the hey, no matter what you say earns 2 points, right?

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  • I am Wiccan. This is the 13 Principles of Wiccan belief. I hope I can help you understand them.

    1. We practice rites to attune ourselves with the natural rhythm of life forces marked by the phases of the Moon and the seasonal quarters and cross-quarters. (Wiccans believe that the moon is a part of the power of the Goddess. That is relevant by its correlation to a woman’s menstrual cycle and the tides. We have 8 Sabbats that make up the Wheel of the Year as well as 13 Esbats-Full Moons.)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbaigo8rv
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvtyltahy

    2. We recognize that our intelligence gives us a unique responsibility toward our environment. We seek to live in harmony with nature, in ecological balance offering fulfillment to life and consciousness within an evolutionary concept. We acknowledge a depth of power far greater than is apparent to the average person. Because it is far greater than ordinary, it is sometimes called sometimes called “supernatural,” but we see it lying within that which is naturally potential to all.
    (Magick comes from an ability to control your environment through attuning with the elements and keys)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2g3j7pteq
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4quqrsua7

    4. We conceive of the Creative Power in the Universe as manifesting through polarity–as masculine and feminine–and that this same creative power lives in all people, and functions through the interaction of the masculine and feminine. We value neither above the other, knowing each to be supportive of the other. We value sexuality as pleasure, as the symbol and embodiment of Life, and as one of the sources of energies used in magickal practice and religious worship.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7amcuqnoz
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edltlev1t
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f76p-xcsb

    5. We recognize both outer worlds and inner, or psychological worlds–sometimes known as the Spiritual World, the Collective Unconscious, the Inner Planes, etc.–and we see in the interaction of these two dimensions the basis for paranormal phenomena and magickal exercises. We neglect neither dimension for the other, seeing both as necessary for our fulfillment.
    (Our innerverse is ours to control and as part of that, we can contrl the outerverse)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pqrkigrb
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzxdya-qo
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guvf1guac

    6. We do not recognize and authoritarian hierarchy, but do honor those who teach, respect those who share their greater knowledge and wisdom, and acknowledge those who have courageously given of themselves in leadership.
    (We have high priests and priestesses, but we don’t let them interpret what we believe. We make up our own minds and lead our own rituals.)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sln_q73up

    7. We see religion, magick, and wisdom-in-living as being united in the way one views the world and lives within it–a world view and philosophy of life, which we identify as Witchcraft or the Wiccan Way.
    (Magick is everywhere and everyone does it. It shapes the way we look at the world.)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwossk97y

    8. Calling oneself “Witch” does not make a Witch–but neither does heredity itself, or the collecting of titles, degrees, and initiations. A Witch seeks to control the forces within him/herself that make life possible in order to live wisely and well, without harm to others, and in harmony with Nature.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zgbrutbo

    9. We acknowledge that it in the affirmation and fulfillment of life, in a continuation of evolution and development of consciousness, that gives meaning to the Universe we know, and to our personal role within it.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udy5upzmp
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axykowjsk
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l-hodcsl

    10. Our only animosity toward Christianity, or toward any other religion or philosophy-of-life, is to the extent its institutions have claimed to be “the one true right and only way” and have sought to deny freedom to others and to suppress other ways of religious practices and belief.
    (We believe that all people come to their own religious path. To interfere and try to actively convert someone away is a deception of the soul.)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qylfbcj3e

    11. As American Witches, we are not threatened by debates on the history of the Craft, the origins of various terms, the legitimacy of various aspects of different traditions. We are concerned with our present, and our future.
    (Some people claim that Wicca is a very new religion, others say it is pre-Christian. This does not concern us as we see our beliefs as personal and not political.)

    12. We do not accept the concept of “absolute evil,” nor do we worship any entity known as “Satan” or “the Devil” as defined by Christian Tradition. We do not seek power through the suffering of others, nor do we accept the concept that personal benefits can only be derived by denial to another.
    (The Devil or Satan is purely a Christian and Muslim concept. Wiccans don’t see our Gods as having a Good and Bad persona. They are Nature and nature is both)

    13. We work within Nature for that which is contributory to our health and well-being.
    (Wiccans have a strong desire to be environmentally conscious)

  • I am a Neo-Hellenic Pagan. My path is modelled after the practices of the Ancient Greeks but modernized for current times. We don’t sacrifice bulls to Poseidon anymore, for instance. But we might grill a steak.
    My path chose me really. I studied alot of Pagan paths years, joined various covens but Eos always spoke to me. When I started studying Classical Mythology it just clicked. I recognized the Goddess I’d been dealing with all along (I had just called her Dawn up to that point).

  • I’m very much an animist; everything has a spirit, from animals to my computer to rocks to cars and then some. The type of spirit and its consciousness may differ from mine, but all things are alive in their own way. I am an animal totemist; I do a lot of work with totem animals, though I acknowledge other types of totems (plant, etc.)

    I’m also a pantheist…all things are a part of the Divine; I am a cell of the Divine, as the cells in my body create my physical form.

    These are things that simply make sense to me. I’m very much a “Okay, this works, but I don’t really agree with that so I won’t include it in my reality”. (I’m very informal about things 😉

  • Reconstructionist Pagan. I’m usually studying about the Celts and their beliefs. I don’t follow any set theology, as they really didn’t lay anything down like that. I enjoy studying Egyptian and Greek cultures as well. I started in Wicca when I was 12… after study (which wasn’t much for as young as I was) I became “Agnostic” for lack of a better word… then Yahwist (a form of Christianity) and then back to Paganism (it’s all pretty much the same anyway)… I belong on the Pagan Path.

  • I’m a Norse Pagan, a word that I use since I don’t feel comforable referring to myself as a follower of Asatru and I’m becoming less comfortable calling myself a Heathen since I’m not a strict reconstructionalist.

    I didn’t choose my path: It chose me. I had always been fascinated by the Norse Gods and the lore of the Scandinavians and Icelandic peoples but never gave serious thought to worshipping any of Them, though I have been Pagan since I was 17 (I’m 28 now). Then 3 years ago I had an experience with one of Them that basically screamed “This is your path, accept it!” I did, and I’ve been on it since.

    I like the diversity of the Norse religion, and the code of honor that runs through it. I also like the connection to my ancestors that following the path provides.

  • well, i need to say, i´m a immortalist. and trying to sail over this sea of dumbness inside myself. whatever helps to do so, is welcome. and of course i´m doing magic according to the hermetic tradition, and meditating about the atoms and stars and the universe. and my religion is, to demand for truth until you find it. may our great mother divine be mercyful on us. tocktock

  • i too am a practitioner *sp* of wicca and magick. i follow the karmic law, at its most basic level. if it hurts someone, dont do it, even if years later it helps them.
    i believe that the mother goddes saw fit to create this world and the people to inhabit it. she saw reason to grant the humans animals to ease their solitary existance on this earth. she endowed these animals with spirits, conciousness, and powers of their own.
    when she saw that her work was done on earth, she finally turned to her own lonliness. she birthed the god, a being she could spend eternity with, a being who would question her to make her stronger, who would stand behind her at all times.
    she then gave us the Law, and the ways of Magick, so that we may commune with her and her god partner, and the plants and animals of nature, that she created.
    basically thats it. i practice magick.
    if you have any specific questions, please, feel free to email me.

  • I gave Wicca a try after a lifetime of Christianty, but just couldn’t do the whole Pick-A-Pantheon thing. Now I lean towards Taoism or even slight agnosticism. As a ceremonial magician, religion has no place in ritual anyway (at least for me!).

  • I was Pagan for 10+ years. I started to become disillusioned with it because it started to seem like every book I read said don’t listen to the other books, my way is right. But then they tell you to do what feels right. I found it becoming just as hypocritical as christianity. Now I’m Athiest. It just makes more sense to me.

  • theology – study of ONE or more religion

    I think you may have used wrong word

    true pagans life is theology in action itself

    just do it

    christianity could be same, no need to preach, just do

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