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Bek66


Bek66

Future Mrs Pogo
Location: The wrong place

Total posts: 4728
Posted:Hi!

I'm a pagan of approximately 8 years and would love to talk to others on the HoP site.

My main area of study and practice is Celtic and Norse based but I enjoy and respect all of the trads. I believe that knowledge comes from exploring all options.

I am the Spirit element in the Church of the Earth of North Carolina. This position gives me the responsibility of answering any questions that others may have about spiritual issues. My position ,if we were a single trad organization would most resemble that of High Priestess of other organizations.

Please feel free to check out our web site...
http://cote-nc.org/
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I'm Phoenix66 on the site and can be contacted through the site as spirit@cote-nc.org.

So what's your story? wave


"Absence is to love what wind is to fire...it extinguishes the small, enkindles the great."
--Comte Debussy-Rebutin

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Bek66


Bek66

Future Mrs Pogo
Location: The wrong place

Total posts: 4728
Posted:I've seen alot of both...

There'll be those who do truly grasp paganism as a life path...and then there are those who think it's just cool or that think they can control others thru magick...

Magick is not at all what people think it is...

I don't care how hard you try...you can't change your ex boyfriend into a toad and you can't cast a money spell and make yourself rich...it just doesn't work that way...

Magick is a way to focus your energies and that of the universe in order to affect change in your life...if you have the proper focus, you're going to be more effective in making your life better, so the magick happens, either way...I do believe that there are natural forces in everything that can help you along your way, but I just don't attribute it to an all knowing, omnipotent god...

We all have our divine energy...the spirit within...it's just a matter of acknowledging it in a way that makes us productive and beneficial forces here on the Earth...

Those who abuse their power or use it to hurt others are just hurting themselves in the end, because the negative energy that they are projecting only reflects back on them...

One of my favourite quotes pertaining to this...

'He who digs a hole for another may fall in himself.'
~Confucious~

Each of us has to make our own choices and has the right to them, but it should be a genuine choice; one made with the heart...not on a whim.

Okay, I babble...enough now!!!


"Absence is to love what wind is to fire...it extinguishes the small, enkindles the great."
--Comte Debussy-Rebutin

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faith enfire
BRONZE Member since Mar 2017

faith enfire

wandering thru the woods of WI
Location: Wisconsin

Total posts: 3556
Posted:but if he were a toad it would be such an improvement

Faith
Nay, whatever comes one hour was sunlit and the most high gods may not make boast of any better thing than to have watched that hour as it passed

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Wooktastic
BRONZE Member since Mar 2017

Wooktastic

the kicker of elves
Location: Dublin

Total posts: 371
Posted:I've been a pagan for nearly two years. I guess the path what I believe is closest to would be shamanism. I meditate regularly (nearly every night) and have contacted my power animal.totem.fetch.spirit guide (whatever you want to call it) many times, I also believe in an energy that binds us all together, rather than omnipotent creator. The only pagan celebrations I really follow are samhain and imbolg, other than that I just celebrate when it feels right to celebrate.

I was glad to see this thread, and how blanced it is. No fundamentalists on either side, which is unusual. biggrin


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Bek66


Bek66

Future Mrs Pogo
Location: The wrong place

Total posts: 4728
Posted:My spirit guide is the crow...and I even have one that visits me regularly and apparently he and a murder of 6 reside somewhere on my property...cuz they're always nearby.

Faith, I agree that it would be sooooo gratifying if it would really work...so I guess it's a good thing that it doesn't...would be lots of toads out there and very few princes!!! ubblol tongue


"Absence is to love what wind is to fire...it extinguishes the small, enkindles the great."
--Comte Debussy-Rebutin

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Rouge Dragon
BRONZE Member since Jul 2003

Rouge Dragon

Insert Champagne Here
Location: without class distinction

Total posts: 13215
Posted:Hey guys! I was just wondering if you could do me a favour! I'm doing an assignment on discrimination towards the modern witch/pagan/wiccan/etc community and was wondering if you could answer this survey please. If you arent comfortable filling it out on the site, you can send me a pm smile

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Name (this is needed for citation purposes, if you have an issue with giving me your name, please let me know and I can assign you a fake one):

Sex:

Age group (may leave blank):
Under 20
21-35
36-50
51-65
66+

Prefered title (eg; Witch, Pagan, etc):

Years practising:

Are you open about your beliefs?

If yes, why?

If no, why?

In your experience, when people discover your path, what is their reaction?

Had you every experienced any adverse reactions from others?

Were you brought up on this path from childhood?

If no, how were your parents reactions?

Do you believe you have the outwards appearance of a stereotypical witch/pagan?

Do you think that affects peoples impression of you? How? Experiences?

Do you have any children? If yes, how old are they?

Do they follow the same path as yourself?

Do you know if they have experienced anything in relation to the path of their parent(s)/themselves?

If yes, what?

If no, why do you think not?

Do you think your sex makes a difference to others reactions?

Have any of the above differed when living in different cities/states/countries?

If yes, why do you think this is?

Any other thoughts, comments, points you would like to raise?


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i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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Wooktastic
BRONZE Member since Mar 2017

Wooktastic

the kicker of elves
Location: Dublin

Total posts: 371
Posted:Name: Stephen Cullen

Sex: Male

Age group (may leave blank):
Under 20


Prefered title (eg; Witch, Pagan, etc): pagan

Years practising: 2

Are you open about your beliefs? yes

If yes, why?
Because I'm proud of them and am not scared of discrimination.

If no, why?

In your experience, when people discover your path, what is their reaction?
About fifty fifty between acceptance and hate

Had you every experienced any adverse reactions from others?
Yes

Were you brought up on this path from childhood?
In a way

If no, how were your parents reactions?
My mother wasn't bothered

Do you believe you have the outwards appearance of a stereotypical witch/pagan?
Doubt it.

Do you think that affects peoples impression of you? How? Experiences?
No. I don't think I really look like I would or wouldn't. I've never gotten a reaction of surprise, but never gotten the impression that it was expected either.

Do you have any children? If yes, how old are they?
no.

Do they follow the same path as yourself?

Do you know if they have experienced anything in relation to the path of their parent(s)/themselves?

If yes, what?

If no, why do you think not?

Do you think your sex makes a difference to others reactions? no

Have any of the above differed when living in different cities/states/countries?

If yes, why do you think this is?

Any other thoughts, comments, points you would like to raise?


Man is no more than a conduit for excrement to pass through.- daVinci

Jointly owned by BurdA and Tinypixie

Wielder of the voice of Patrick Stewart

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Bek66


Bek66

Future Mrs Pogo
Location: The wrong place

Total posts: 4728
Posted:Just realized that I hadn't filled this out for you, yet..oooops...so...here goes...

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Name: Rebekah

Sex: Female

Age group: 36-50

Prefered title (eg; Witch, Pagan, etc): Pagan

Years practising: 8-10

Are you open about your beliefs? Yes

If yes, why? To help people understand who I am...and so that others will see that 'Pagan' is not synonymous with 'devil worshipper'

If no, why?

In your experience, when people discover your path, what is their reaction? I've had many different reactions...depending on who the person is and what their beliefs are...some are curious and open minded, but then there are others that only think of pagan as being 'bad'...

Had you every experienced any adverse reactions from others?
Yes...I've had people try to tell me I'm going to burn in hell...and I've had others look at me like I'm crazy...but I just don't care...they either accept me or they don't...I'm not gonna push the issue...

Were you brought up on this path from childhood? No...I was brought up in a very traditional Christian home...with very old fashioned values...

If no, how were your parents reactions? They know that I have alternative beliefs, but we don't talk religion...we never agree...so it's best to keep it out of conversation...


Do you believe you have the outwards appearance of a stereotypical witch/pagan? I don't think there is such a thing, but I do tend to dress a bit different...but that's just me...I've always had my own style...

Do you think that affects peoples impression of you? How? Experiences? I get strange looks occasionally...but most are favourable...and I have complements on my style quite often...especially from the younger crowd...

Do you have any children? If yes, how old are they?
Yes...and 18 yr old son and a 12 yr old daughter...

Do they follow the same path as yourself?
My son doesn't...and my daughter really is too flighty right now to follow anything but her own nose...but she does lean more towards my beliefs...

Do you know if they have experienced anything in relation to the path of their parent(s)/themselves?
My daughter has had problems at school with other students and even with their parents because of her saying that she's pagan...It shows how ignorance breeds ignorance, because they think that means that she's evil and worships the devil...and I've told that it's best if she just keeps her beliefs to herself...
There is a phrase that is essential to all pagans...
'To know, to will, to dare...and to keep silent.'...it tends to be the best way.

If no, why do you think not?

Do you think your sex makes a difference to others reactions? No

Have any of the above differed when living in different cities/states/countries? not lived anywhere else...

If yes, why do you think this is?

Any other thoughts, comments, points you would like to raise? I just believe that you have to follow your own path, no matter what other's may think...How are you going to be happy if you let someone else tell you what to believe? Doesn't make sense to me.


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"Absence is to love what wind is to fire...it extinguishes the small, enkindles the great."
--Comte Debussy-Rebutin

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kash
GOLD Member since May 2006

kash

Dangerous cynic


Total posts: 166
Posted:Name (this is needed for citation purposes, if you have an issue with giving me your name, please let me know and I can assign you a fake one): I'd like a new name, my old one is boring, I'd like to be known as Madam Wisteria Flibbleford from now on... (actually it's because of my job)

Sex: F

Age group (may leave blank):
21-35

Prefered title (eg; Witch, Pagan, etc): Depends on the situation. I tend to use Druid. Sometimes Witch.

Years practising: Weeel I started practicing folk magic about 20 years ago. Officially started calling myself Pagan about 8 ago, and was initiated as a Bard about 4 years ago.

Are you open about your beliefs? To friends and family, but not to anyone who have no business to know the details of my personal life (i.e. randoms and work collegues)

If yes, why? It's a part of who I am, when I joined the priesthood I was making a life choice, not picking up a hobby. Most people who know me well enough don't really need to be told.

If no, why? Because it is none of their business, and I have better things to do than justify my life choices to people.
Because the common perception of Paganism is frequently based on the loony minority with whom I have no desire to be associated, it's easier not to say it, than to have to adjust people's misconceptions.
I wouldn't say I hide it at all, I just don't bring it up. I mean, how often does a work collegue reveal that they are catholic to you? It's just not necessary.

In your experience, when people discover your path, what is their reaction? The majority of people I associate with in my free time, are Pagans, Occultists or at least understanding, so it's pretty much just accepted/expected. I think I would get more of a reaction if i told them I was CofE! I have been in the middle of conversations at work where Paganism has been referred to in a derogatory light, which is another reason not to mention it.

Had you every experienced any adverse reactions from others?
Yes a good few. I started a Pagan society at university and the Christan Union had a field day (the best bit was a poster neatly graffitied with "Jesus loves you", very tiny, in a corner, inoffensively wink) My mother had a fit. I have avoided a lot more by being subtle.

Were you brought up on this path from childhood?
Nope, my mum is a methodist, my dad is a fallen catholic. My mum is very superstitious though, and taught me basic folk magic, she's also really into complementary therapy. My dad taught me a lot of folk and faery lore.

If no, how were your parents reactions?
Well, my mum cried, told me I had fallen to satan, took her a long while to get over it, she is still a bit uncomfortable, but she relates on some levels, like the healing aspect. I was planning my wedding at the time and my mum was convinced that noone would come if they knew there was a Pagan blessing. My dad was very quiet, and then rang me a few days later to tell me that he had done some research, and found out that Pagans "don't do human sacrifice anymore" (I think you'll find we stopped before the christians love) so it was probably ok, he's pretty supportive now.

Do you believe you have the outwards appearance of a stereotypical witch/pagan?
Well I do carry a broom....
Not really no. I'm a bit (ok a lot) alternative, but not hippy-goth, more rockabilly, certainly... different. I do always wear some form of pagan jewelery, at work it tends to be celtic knotwork, an Awen (it's a bit blatent, but only those "in the know" understand what it is) or beadwork like the top one here http://www.bobbinsandbroomsticks.com/personal/jewelery/pagan.html
I must exude some kind of Pagan pheremone though, I'm a teacher, and my students often talk to me about paganism or the occult, I always remain objective however.

Do you think that affects peoples impression of you? How? Experiences?
Yes, but that would happen whether I was a Pagan or not, I think the Paganism just comes as less of a surprise.

Do you have any children? If yes, how old are they?
Nope

Do they follow the same path as yourself?
If I have children, I will raise them with my values, but not belief/practice, they can choose that for themselves when they come of age.

Do you think your sex makes a difference to others reactions?
Yes always wink possibly not in the pagan thing. It's hard to say really, not having experienced it from both sides.

Have any of the above differed when living in different cities/states/countries?
When I lived in a big city, with a thriving alternative social scene, and Pagan scene I do suppose there was more acceptance, but again, as I don't go around with a sandwich board that says "witch" on it, random people's reactions are more likely to be towards my appearance than my beliefs (I am currently one of a handful of adult goths in a small town, so I get a lot of funny looks). In the city, I could meet with a lot of Pagans, and be very open about it, without having to explain/justify myself, now there just isn't the population where I live.


Any other thoughts, comments, points you would like to raise?
In my experience, Pagans arn't nearly as persecuted as you might think. Yes there is misunderstanding, but generally this doesn't lead to aggro if you are not trying to force your beliefs down someone's throat. If someone is jumping up and down in too much black eyeliner saying "oh look at me, I'm all special and pagany, I can turn you into a toad, and I'm so bloody powerful", I'll slap 'em, sod anyone else!
I ran a very open university society for 3 years, and yes, the CU didn't like us, but they got bored when we didn't rise the the bait. Yeah the Islam society had a lot of questions, and the Hari Krishnas wanted to convert us, but the Hindus, some of the other christian groups, and some random agnostics and atheists mixed with us, came to our talks and events, and were very accepting, some even joined (our treasurer one year was also on the methodist soc commitee!). Those outside of this generally ignored us, as we wern't getting in their way.
Paganism is a very individual thing, I have met a lot of Pagans who I have nothing in common with except the term we use to describe our (very different) beliefs. There are things on this thread i would say certainly don't apply to me. I generally just get on with my thing, spend time with people I care about, observe my rituals when I need to, and all is good and peaceful.


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inactive
SILVER Member since May 2005

inactive

old hand


Total posts: 722
Posted:Hey! Well, I Guess I should post here to add my name to the list of Pagans on HOP.

I know it's kinda cheeky but I've got to post this link to our Grove site: The Grove of The Spirit Bear Forum


To you who has been accessing my online accounts, changing my login details, locations and posting censored about me, realise, you are not worth revenge, you are not worth my attention, you are nothing, and that is all you ever will be.

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TinklePants
GOLD Member since Jul 2005

TinklePants

Clique Infiltrator, Cunning Linguist and Master Debator
Location: Edinburgh burgh burrrrrr

Total posts: 4217
Posted:Name - Tamara Rees (Tammie)

Sex: female

Age group (may leave blank):
21-35


Prefered title: Druidess

Years practising:
General paganism - ten yrs, Druidry - 1yr

Are you open about your beliefs?
yes

If yes, why?
You kinda have to be smile

In your experience, when people discover your path, what is their reaction?
They just take it in their stride

Had you every experienced any adverse reactions from others?
Not yet...

Were you brought up on this path from childhood?
I was christened a protestant, my mother was a catholic though, but we never went to church or anything like that. Besides that, my mum insisted on saying prayers to us every night. We'd gather around her, put our hands together and she would say:
Goodnight my darling (name of child) pleasant dreams, (kiss us and move to next child etc)
May God, all the Saints, and all the Angels in Heaven,
Watch over and protect you, from all harm always,
Amen my little Darlings,
In the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit
Amen

Do you believe you have the outwards appearance of a stereotypical witch/pagan?
Sometimes, other times, no.

Do you think that affects peoples impression of you? well I began in witchcraft, so I'd do the nearly-goth thing. It never really affected peoples impression of me though. Well, not to my face, anyway lol

Do you have any children? If yes, how old are they?
Yup, two girls, Kirsty, 26months and Stephanie, 6yrs going on 16 lol

Do they follow the same path as yourself?
we leave them open minded. Though Stephanie was christened at 8months old after she nearly died of meningitis at 6mth old, she is embracing both paganism and Christianity as schools tend to mostly teach it. She does have her own altar though, which she chose to do, and she's already found her totem. She has her own medicine pouch, and she has attended ceremony with myself and sunbird.

IMO Kirsty is the most pagan of us all, as her mind is free of doctrine and religious influence. She has the gift of innocence, and as we all know, as children, we are open to the belief in magic without rationalising it.

Do you think your sex makes a difference to others reactions?
No.

Have any of the above differed when living in different cities/states/countries?
no. not yet anyway.

Any other thoughts, comments, points you would like to raise?
Let children find their own path...


Always use "so's your face" and "only on Tuesdays" in as many conversations possible

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Rouge Dragon
BRONZE Member since Jul 2003

Rouge Dragon

Insert Champagne Here
Location: without class distinction

Total posts: 13215
Posted:Thanks so much for your help everyone!

I got my assignment back today - 75%!

Which should give me a distinction-average for this subject! Yay!

ubbrollsmile

*hugs all round for all your help*
grouphug


i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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Wooktastic
BRONZE Member since Mar 2017

Wooktastic

the kicker of elves
Location: Dublin

Total posts: 371
Posted:HUZZAH! Well done! Glad to help.

Man is no more than a conduit for excrement to pass through.- daVinci

Jointly owned by BurdA and Tinypixie

Wielder of the voice of Patrick Stewart

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faith enfire
BRONZE Member since Mar 2017

faith enfire

wandering thru the woods of WI
Location: Wisconsin

Total posts: 3556
Posted:yay

Faith
Nay, whatever comes one hour was sunlit and the most high gods may not make boast of any better thing than to have watched that hour as it passed

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Ade
SILVER Member since Mar 2001

Are we there yet?
Location: australia

Total posts: 1897
Posted: Written by: Rouge Dragon


Thanks so much for your help everyone!

I got my assignment back today - 75%!

Which should give me a distinction-average for this subject! Yay!





congratulations - well deserved smile


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DarkFyre
BRONZE Member since Nov 2005

DarkFyre

HoP mage and keeper of the fireballs
Location: Palmerston North

Total posts: 1965
Posted:Woot Woot

May my balls of fire set your balls on fire devil

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Firewarrior


Firewarrior

newbie


Total posts: 10
Posted:Hello from Poland smile

Name (this is needed for citation purposes, if you have an issue with giving me your name, please let me know and I can assign you a fake one): Gosia

Sex: female

Age group (may leave blank):
Under 20


Prefered title (eg; Witch, Pagan, etc): Pagan, Rodzimowierca Słowiański smile

Years practising: 3

Are you open about your beliefs? yes

If yes, why? why not? biggrin

In your experience, when people discover your path, what is their reaction?

they don't believe that anyone can believe in this stuff...

Had you every experienced any adverse reactions from others?

sure!

Were you brought up on this path from childhood?

nope

If no, how were your parents reactions?

they don't know about that what I believe in

Do you believe you have the outwards appearance of a stereotypical witch/pagan?

noo biggrin


Do you have any children? If yes, how old are they? i don't have any biggrin


Do you think your sex makes a difference to others reactions?

no, why?

Have any of the above differed when living in different cities/states/countries?

yes

If yes, why do you think this is?

in bigger cities people are more tolerant

Any other thoughts, comments, points you would like to raise?

Sława! smile


Are you as bored as me? smile
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