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  • cosmic void
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    Welcome to the forums! Another good beginner book is A Witch Alone by Marian Green. I started with Cunningham and didn't read Green until much later so I personally don't know how great it is for a beginner, but others have recommended it.

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  • Shadowolff
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    A best-ever book

    If I could only read three books for the rest of my life, one of them would be "Dancing the Dream: the Seven Sacred Steps of Human Transformation" by Jamie Sams. She writes from the POV of her Native American heritage, but her work isn't about path-specific rituals, rather it's truly applicable to ANYONE interested in human spiritual transformation. Try it: this book changed my life, enriching it beyond any expectation. It's not incompatible with other paths at all.
    Last edited by Shadowolff; November 9th, 2010, 07:03 PM. Reason: proofreading and clarity

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  • tobi
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    Welcome, divinewriter! I think it's great that you're exploring a new chapter in your life, and that you're willing to move beyond the discomfort that certain deities evoke in you. Discomfort is often a healthy sign that you're being challenged to grow and evolve. Cheers!

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  • Simply Iris
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    Welcome!

    I think we've all been in that place of not knowing what it is we truly believe in at one point or another. What's important is to just do what feels right. Brightest blessings to you on whatever path you choose to follow!

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  • LadyDryad
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    I'm late on the uptake, but welcome!

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  • SacredNight
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    HI, sounds like your doing a great start, you have self-distance and a quite skeptical nature, I value that.

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  • Barby2883
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    Hi and welcome to the forums. You may wish to look for ebooks (since you have limited funds/options). I love ebooks but it is a personal choice. Here is a pretty good site (it'll keep you busy for a while at least if you can't find a book locally it'll probably be here) http://avaxsearch.com/

    I also got 100% Neo-Pagan on the Belief "test" (followed by New age 88% and liberal Quaker 82%) but I have been drawn to it for what seems like forever...interestingly my 'raised' religion was no where in the list. I bought my first book when I was 15 from a 'head shop' it was Buckland's Complete book of witchcraft there were others but it was the one that 'spoke' to me...it met an ill fate however (probably why I now use all ebooks) Mom found it and burned it afterward it was like piece of me was gone or missing hard to explain really....

    I was 'raised' to believe that there was only 'one path' 'one God' etc and that just didn't make since to me for some reason.

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  • faye_cat
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    Originally posted by divinewriter View Post
    Hello, hello. I'm divinewriter, an eighteen year-old living in Australia. I've thought of myself as Christian these past few years - I attend church, I read the bible, I worship Yahweh in his triune form of YHWH/Jesus/Holy Spirit (because I'm supposed to, not because I feel a particular connection), but I suppose I must be fairly "left wing" at it, considering I recently took the Belief-O-Matic and there were no Judaic faith systems in my top ten - in fact, my top two were neo-pagan (100%) and new age (97%)!

    I've always revered nature, I suppose, and I've always believed that herbal concoctions and the ebb and flow of natural energy can have remarkable effects (I use a medicine pouch to alleviate period pain); I've never thought of it as magic, though. I'm not sure what I think of magic; I understand that there was no condemnation of witches in the Bible until King James decided to start changing it willy-nilly, so I don't think that magic is bad - I'm just not entirely sure.

    I've come here (and I've joined another pagan forum, but am still awaiting activation over there) to learn as much as I can about paganism. I am a complete noobie to this; I've purchased a couple of 101 books (primary on Wicca, rather than on general paganism) and have begun researching other deities - it's easier to believe in multiple deities than I had thought it would be! I'm beginning to think that I may be destined to be a pagan (yus, I believe in destiny. :3); I have it in my blood - there are three witches in the past five generations on my mother's side - and I'm finding believing all of this far too easy!

    I'm a little scared of some of the deities; Hecate, Xolotl, Anubis and the likes - but I suppose that's probably a very healthy fear, or at least a fear nicely jaded by preconceptions absorbed in Church. I can't see how psychopompers and underworld deities can be all rainbows and unicorns, anyway o_o;;. I'm also a little intimidated by other folklore-ish characters, powerful spirits and the likes, such as Baba Yaga and Lilith -- but you all saw Lilith coming, didn't you?

    Well, I hope you all don't mind some nooby questions! I'm bound to have plenty.
    I echo what some of the others have said (and I've only read the first page, FYI, cuz I'm running short on time), Cunningham is a great place to start.

    SRW is...ok. I have issues with her at time, but she isn't a horrid source, just an...immature one I guess?

    People don't just get jaded being part of a church...anyone who was raised to "fear" the dark can have preconcieved notions. I say throw away all that you have learned and approach everything with an open mind.

    And please don't think you have to turn your back completely on your faith just because of a test. Do it because you gravitate to it. Having a medicine pouch and believing in the ebb and flow of nature doesn't necessarily make you a pagan...Lots of the Catholic saints did that!

    Anyways, welcome to MysticWicks where lots of noobs ask noobish questions, and no one really minds because that's what we love to do, be helpful. Feel free to message me at anytime.

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  • Dragonia
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    Welcome to the forums!

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  • Annyka
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    Originally posted by divinewriter View Post
    I love Amazon.com - I would buy heaps of stuff from them, but my bank card isn't MasterCard or Visa, so I can't use it for online shopping, and it's very rare when my parents actually let me use their cards to shop and pay them back in cash! :hahugh: (I still live at home)
    I much prefer bookdepository.com - books are generally cheaper and free shipping world wide

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  • RoseKitten
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    Originally posted by divinewriter View Post
    Oh, I don't mean that the content itself is abraisive; I'm talking specifically about his style of writing. It's often what puts me off a book in the end, if the content is good - writing that I don't 'mesh' with. Still, the content is extremely interesting, so I'm persisting.
    Sorry, I misunderstood. I've been up for 30+ hours... There's good info in that book, honestly, I promise! Another one that's good from a spiritual standpoint, is one I just finished. It's called "The Circle Within" and it's by Dianne S(something... tired...). She doesn't cover the tools, but she does cover the aspect of bringing deity into our daily lives. However, if you decide to follow something other then Wiccan, it may end up being irrelevant. A decent read though, if you decide upon this path.

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  • divinewriter
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    Originally posted by RoseKitten View Post
    Actually, you'll find the abrasive quality good in the long run. Wicca is portrayed as pooping rainbows anymore, and at it's core... that's not even close.
    Oh, I don't mean that the content itself is abraisive; I'm talking specifically about his style of writing. It's often what puts me off a book in the end, if the content is good - writing that I don't 'mesh' with. Still, the content is extremely interesting, so I'm persisting.

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  • RoseKitten
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    Originally posted by divinewriter View Post
    Thank you for the suggestion. I think I'm about one chapter into the book by Cunningham at the moment - it's interesting (though I do find his writing style a little... abraisive). Here's hoping that I get some kind of hint as to where I'm called! I mean, the Belief-O-Matic seems to have already been a nice (albeit man-made :P) sign!
    Actually, you'll find the abrasive quality good in the long run. Wicca is portrayed as pooping rainbows anymore, and at it's core... that's not even close.

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  • divinewriter
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    Originally posted by RoseKitten View Post
    I'd start with Cunningham and end with Starhawk, personally. If you become fond of the Wiccan flavor, reread the Starhawk book later. You should know after the Cunningham book though, if it's a flavor that peaks your curiosity. If it does, and you still feel that way after the other two, I have a HUGE list of Wicca books, as recommended to me by many elders that I trust. Their list has everything from beginner to advanced, and everything in between.

    However, you may find that once you start studying, you'll start getting some subtle... or not so subtle, hints as to where you are truly called to.
    Thank you for the suggestion. I think I'm about one chapter into the book by Cunningham at the moment - it's interesting (though I do find his writing style a little... abraisive). Here's hoping that I get some kind of hint as to where I'm called! I mean, the Belief-O-Matic seems to have already been a nice (albeit man-made :P) sign!

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  • RoseKitten
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    I'd start with Cunningham and end with Starhawk, personally. If you become fond of the Wiccan flavor, reread the Starhawk book later. You should know after the Cunningham book though, if it's a flavor that peaks your curiosity. If it does, and you still feel that way after the other two, I have a HUGE list of Wicca books, as recommended to me by many elders that I trust. Their list has everything from beginner to advanced, and everything in between.

    However, you may find that once you start studying, you'll start getting some subtle... or not so subtle, hints as to where you are truly called to.

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