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How did you know which path was for you?

Postby Stitchwitch » Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:11 am

Do you feel like you had a choice in the matter, or do you feel like it was chosen for you by birth or other means?
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Re: How did you know which path was for you?

Postby L.J.Hex » Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:12 pm

Good question. I still don't clearly know where the path will take me as I'm still learning... So far its some sort of eclectic solitary thing. I like a lot of things about Wicca, but I'm not sure if I would choose to follow a set discipline, not at this time, who knows... Maybe that will change.

But I have had a hunch about this for a long time. It just feels right and there has been a lot of "coincidences" pushing me towards where I am now. I presume those seemingly random events and aha! moments will keep on coming as time goes by.

One of the first was when I realised how empty and meaningless christianity was for me. It didn't make sense and it didn't feel right and the people I met often weren't my kind. Another kick towards witchcraft was my previous band, folk metal, we delved deeply into Finnish tradition and mythology, interest in Finnish witchcraft came as part and parcel. Then I met some people long time ago who were into wicca, which was quite a trendy thing back in that time... And the list goes on. I feel like I'm being guided in some way, too many coincidences, one after another.
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Re: How did you know which path was for you?

Postby SpiritTalker » Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:44 pm

Totally free choice. Through various experiences (mid-30's) I understood that I was offered an option (one amongst others) & not an obligation. That which made the offer waited to see what I'd do with the offer & made no further move until I'd accepted. And like anyone of Mr Spock's generation, I found that accepting was the logical thing to do at the time. :mrgreen:
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Re: How did you know which path was for you?

Postby Shekinah » Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:15 am

I have been a Witch since age 10 in 1951 before Wicca came into being. Growing up in the deep South Bible Belt of course I was a solitary eclectic in the closet. Over many decades this works for me. I do enjoy attending an open circle with local Witches and Wiccans but have no desire to join a Coven. I have had a growing intimate relationship with my Goddess for ever 40 years. My younger sister is also a long time Witch and together we enjoy a mental entanglement and dance to the music of the spheres and walk between worlds.
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Re: How did you know which path was for you?

Postby L.J.Hex » Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:26 am

Shekinah wrote:I have been a Witch since age 10 in 1951 before Wicca came into being. Growing up in the deep South Bible Belt of course I was a solitary eclectic in the closet. Over many decades this works for me. I do enjoy attending an open circle with local Witches and Wiccans but have no desire to join a Coven. I have had a growing intimate relationship with my Goddess for ever 40 years. My younger sister is also a long time Witch and together we enjoy a mental entanglement and dance to the music of the spheres and walk between worlds.


I'm curious now, what sparked your interest in such a young age?

Your way of doing things sounds very much like how I would like to practise mine. I wish I knew other witches from around my area. Its been ages since I had company. :mrgreen:
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Re: How did you know which path was for you?

Postby barker » Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:11 am

My path is a bit of everything, like zen, magic, meditation, yoga, reiki, channeling. It really is, for me, about what serves one's uniqueness. Uniquely selfish/selfless/realised. That's hard but rewarding.
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Re: How did you know which path was for you?

Postby Stitchwitch » Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:26 am

L.J. Hex- I think it's awesome that you have your culture to inspire you. I take a lot from symbolism in folklore and mythology, but I don't have a strong connection with my family history. I'd like to learn more because I find a lot of comfort in traditions, but I wouldn't know where to start. I think anything I found through research would feel forced. (If you're curious I'm born in the Northeast US, partially raised and currently living in the US Southeast with Scottish, German, English, Italian, and Eastern European ancestry.)

SpiritTalker- You didn't name the offering entity. I'm curious, was that a choice to keep that relationship private or is the offered unknown to you?

Shekinah- I lived in the deep South and currently live in the Southeast. I can't imagine dealing with that decades ago, let alone at such a young age. It's wonderful you have that relationship with your sister, though.

Barker- I'm exploring a few different things as well. I think hearth or cottage witch describes me best because of my main intent, but I incorporate other paths/practices to support that intent. I noticed you listed magic as separate from your other practices, but I feel like I've seen folks classify reiki and channeling as types of magic. Do you consider them to be separate or under the same umbrella?
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Re: How did you know which path was for you?

Postby L.J.Hex » Thu Dec 20, 2018 2:08 pm

Yea, its no wonder its harder for people from US, as their heritage and tradition might be really hard to track.
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Re: How did you know which path was for you?

Postby SpiritTalker » Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:43 pm

> SpiritTalker- You didn't name the offering entity. I'm curious, was that a choice to keep that relationship private or is the offered unknown to you?

At the time of my un-sought introduction to what would become the next leg of my path I'd had no name to give It. Years later I stumbled on the god-form depicted as Elen of the Ways, an early, antlered, reindeer goddess associated with migration paths & Ley lines.

My intro OOBE involved migrating geese & a bird's eye view of the landscape laced by blue lines of energy. When I cast circle on a good day I see the blue energy. It's all related.
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Re: How did you know which path was for you?

Postby barker » Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:18 pm

Stitchwitch wrote:Barker- I'm exploring a few different things as well. I think hearth or cottage witch describes me best because of my main intent, but I incorporate other paths/practices to support that intent. I noticed you listed magic as separate from your other practices, but I feel like I've seen folks classify reiki and channeling as types of magic. Do you consider them to be separate or under the same umbrella?

Actually I am trying (my best) to call it all "life." I accept religion as proof, not as anything else. So ultimately, all my practices are just that. Practices. I think Prince Charles said: Every form of faith is converted in the end, and the opening is: what you choose to practice is your own truth.

So it's faith, truth, and purpose - NOT - "this is the wiccan part of me," "this part of me believes in the buddha," "this part of me says white light is the ultimate". NoNo. That mind would be riddled with hypocrisy and confusion. I don't know if there is a word for this type of person yetly, but to say life is one's religion would be... honest.
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