So I've offered my two-cents on several posts on various religions, but I feel like this is the best place to voice what I feel. Love the title! It's hard for me to come to terms with being categorized though. My daughter is 2 1/2 now and I'm starting to wonder how I should deal with the onslaught of questions she's beginning to ask me about anything and everything. I'm her teacher, and that's kind of scary. I understand now how cults do it and even how various religions and people that teach them to their children can be scarily similar to that of cults. That's not going to be me. This is me:

I am definitely a hippie, believing in peace, love, and freedom. All things can be worked through in a peaceful manner and everyone has the right to believe what they will and do what they will so long as it doesn't negatively affect another. Love can and will conquer all as with it you accept others as they are without judgment or harsh words. We've come a long way from the time of slavery and there is no reason to have those negative mindsets to anyone you come across. I try to encourage people to learn and grow from everything around them and every experience as well as history and myth. I do my best to live my life in a way that shows others what I believe. I tend a vegetable and herb garden as well as flowers and plants around my home. I reuse or recycle nearly everything I have and am always doing various crafts some of which I make up as I go. My favorite things to do are cook for my family and friends and make soap which I do cold process and all naturally with herbs from my garden. Plus just spending time with people and especially my daughter. I don't follow anything or anyone as I have my own guide to life based on my personal beliefs. Everyone has a conscience and should be able to use it to know right and wrong without rules imposed on us from government or religion. We should all constantly be learning and growing with each and every moment that passes. The world around us is a beautiful thing that shouldn't be taken for granted as it often is, sadly.

As for the eclectic neo-paganism, i don't prefer using a title. I've been called a celtic pagan, kitchen witch, hedgewitch, etc. as well. I actually live by atheistic means and view all gods and goddesses as symbols to help us better understand the world around us. The main god being energy and goddess as matter. Once I broke my christian ties I started my journey to find myself. Paganism came to me whilst I lived in a small town and was meditating. I could feel the energy. Sometime I feel as if communicating with animals and plants through that energy. It's very liberating. I believe in reincarnation as with the wheel of the year turning round, and karma for anything you send out comes back and the negative in three-fold. "An ye harm none, do what ye will." is my favorite pagan verse. I practice green magic and incorporate it in teas, salves, bathes, tinctures, sachets, with my soap making as well as making my own incense, candles, cleaning products, other beauty products, in gardening and cooking for everyday reasons plus healing in any and all aspects. I also utilize aromatherapy as well as the energy different colors and stones, gems, and crystals embody in all my work. I read tarot and used to read palms which I want to re-learn. I'm working on using runes for divinations and will try mirror and fire as well. I feel that anything is possible and the only way to truly find oneself is to go for it and try whatever intrigues you. The mind is a very powerful thing that should be used wisely. 

My daughter isn't going to be raised with my beliefs, however, she is going to know what I believe, but I'm going to teach her to explore all of her options. I want her to learn the history of any religion she sees fit and once she's old enough I hope she will find something her heart can follow. We celebrate the pagan holidays of the wheel as a family with select friends, but also the holidays of society with family because some family is christian and others catholic, not to mention the denominations or daddy being an atheist and rather apathetic towards it all. She is learning so quickly and mimicking most everything I do. I only hope to instill the core values in her and show her how to be open minded and accepting of anything life throws her way, to use it to better herself and the world around her. Every individual has so much power within them and whether or not they realize it they use it each day. All pagans do is utilize that, but to each his own. Blessed be and peace & love!

MissSunfire MissSunfire
26-30, F
Feb 26, 2010