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Pagan In Dfw

Tradition: Celtic Shamanism, yes I am in a coven.  Im very active in the dallas, fort worth pagan community.  I mostly use the celtic pantheon but I also love reading about many others.  My main Dieties are badb, you might have to look that one up, Freya (yes I know Nordic) and Herne I sometimes run into Hecate, Genesha and Fenris.  Im not sure what else to share... Maybe some other people can say something about themselves.

battlecrow battlecrow 21-25, F 15 Responses Aug 6, 2007

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I am a student and am learning wicca, i have always wondered the diffrence between like pagan dianic and druids, and how wicca is sorta like them.

Dianic's are very heavily into feminine energy and all aspects of female spiritual energy. The Druids are very much a masculine tradition and very earth based energy. Wicca is much newer than these other two traditions. I would suggest reading The Guide to the Solitary Practitioner by D.J. Conway. And good luck, it's a hard but very rewarding spiritual path.

Thank you i will try to find the book, right now im reading "Ultimate book of shadows for the new generation Solitary witch" by silver raven claw. Its a good book. Thankyou for explaing to me that :)

Ha! I died and was embraced by my Dark Goddess after rejecting the light at the end of the tunnel. I have never met anyone like me and feel I am the Dark Mother’s priest. She IS scary, She is the literally the “Night Mare”. <br />
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I am with the Mid wife clan and we have no High Priestess except for a few who are high a bit when there is no baby to catch….DD

Ha! I died and was embraced by my Dark Goddess after rejecting the light at the end of the tunnel. I have never met anyone like me and feel I am the Dark Mother’s priest. She IS scary, She is the literally the “Night Mare”. <br />
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I am with the Mid wife clan and we have no High Priestess except for a few who are high a bit when there is no baby to catch….DD

Magic is neither black nor white. It's the people who practice magic that are in it for good or bad reasons. A road to personal power is a good thing when it's not at another person's expense. <br />
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I seriously encourage anymore questions you might have WiseOldOwl. Or Anyone else.

Thank you all for the story, questions and answers. I am more enlightened now. I have always (probably from indoctrination) thought of paganism as some nasty form of black witchcraft!<br />
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You guys aren't so scary after all.

And?????

In Paganism, unlike Christianity you can pretty much do as thou will, as long as you harm none in the process. So the answer is yes. You can be a Dianic Asatru if you want. Or a Wiccan Druid. Do what in your heart feels right to you. And read alot. There are alot of great books out there for beginners.<br />
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And there is NEVER a dumb question.<br />
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And as for Enlightening you. Enlightenment is truly a great word to use. But you will have to be abit more specific on what area you want me to talk about that hasn't already been covered in previous posts.<br />
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Keep them coming. ;-)

So can you lean towards more than one tradition as you can favor more than one deity? ...or is that a dumb question?<br />
I do consider myself pretty well versed in the topic of religions, but have never really run across paganism much, so I'm pretty clueless. Care to enlighten me?

Covens are kind of like church congregations but much more personal. Coven's usually consist of a High Priest and a High Priestess that conduct the ritual or ceremony. And then the rest of the people in attendance make up what you could call the congragation of the coven.<br />
Usually people join a coven not only to share and learn about the pagan religion. But also to study for about 3 years to become a High Priest or Priestess and conduct there own rituals. Usually when one becomes a HP or HPS, they do what we call 'circle out'. Forming there own coven and following the tradition they were taught in there previous coven.<br />
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If you ask what a Tradition is. A Tradition in paganism is like christians call demoninations. Everyones Christian in the religion but not everyone is catholic or baptist. Like in Paganism you can have druids, asatru, egyptian, wiccan or dianic.<br />
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Please don't be shy asking more questions... Anybody I'll be happy to try and answer them to my best ability or look it up.<br />
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Tiff

What do covens do?

I don't know much about it but respect all beliefs and would love to learn more. Please add more stories and I'll check back with you. Have a wonderful... ~MSP

I've been considering becoming Pagan. My family is quite Christian, so I've been taking my time discovering what I can and deciding whether it is the right path for me to take. So far, what I've found all seems to fit with what I've always thought was right for me. I hope to someday be as comfortable in my beliefs as you seem to be.

I have had that energy connection experience you speak of during meditation and an ex-boyfriend of mine who was into shamanism said it seemed like something I was into without ever having tried to be. I don't know much about it, myself, but I wonder if I should look into it more than I have.

Shamanism is more than anything about connecting yourself with the ebb and flow of the earth and everything on it. It is very Primal in the fact that we instincitually know what these energies and feelings are we have just blocked them out for to long. When you can truly believe that everything is energy and everything gives and takes energy, and you can see it happening, than you got the first step to becomming a Shaman. The rest will come in time with the right teacher, the right book, or maybe the right friend. But if you work on the first step every day you will just know that, that teacher will come or that book will jump out of the shelf at you, or that friend will appear in your life. To me that's truly what Shamanism is. Oh and there is also alot of service to others in there. ;-) Shamans always did take care of there imediate tribe.

Would you say that shamanism is based more around primal and elemental forces or something else? I have no idea hence why I ask :)

Hi! I lived in Fort Worth from 2001 until early 2006. What coven there are you part of? Just curious ^_^ I didn't have much luck back when I'd been looking for one. I hope that you have found a good family. I'm almost jealous (not in a begrudging way, of course LoL)<br />
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BTW, I'm River (my Craft name) and I'm currently stuck in Oklahoma City. I seem to favor heavily the Greek gods, particularly Poseidon and Athena, though I'm not dedicated to either. I'm also rather partial to Brighid of the Celts and I think the Morrigan kicks *** :D<br />
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And I guess that's enough prattling for right now LoL