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    When I was in grade school, the school library had a series of books about careers and the titles were all "So you want to be a ......." And I thought they were hilarious.

    So, as a "new" pagan...what attracts you to paganism?

    As an "old" pagan, I am curious about how paganism is seen and what aspects of it are catching the attention of people and making them study it or choose it as a life path.

    How did you learn about it? What made you think "THAT is for me!"

    I'll share my experience a bit later, I don't want to color anyone's responses with my own.

    Even if you are not so new...feel free to answer, there had to have been some "hook" for each of us that made us hungry for more.

    cheddar
    In a love affair with sunshine

    Live this day like an altar to what you believe

  • #2
    im new to paganism...been interested for a couple years now.

    honestly, i found out about Wicca from watching Buffy. i knew it wouldnt be like on tv but something about it just hooked me. i researched Wicca and thats where it all started.

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    • #3
      "Old" pagan here :D
      What first attracted me I can't really remember because I felt pagan from a little girl onwards. But when I started to seriously look into wicca/paganism/druidism/whatnot I liked the fact that responsibility isn't placed without the person, with a godbeing. I have always disliked that about Christianity.
      The huge respect for everything was another aspect which spoke to me.
      And of course the importance of nature in this way of life.
      And I remember the extreme sense of homecoming when I finally read proper books about paganism :D
      ... everything mortal has moments immortal ...

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      • #4
        I also got introduced to the idea of witchcraft through a movie...The Craft! Haha...oh my. But hey, I was only 11 and it got me to pick up a book on the topic. I had another friend do the same...and there we were 10years later and she made fun of me for still being "into" witchcraft. I guess that's where the difference lies...I found something that sparked with me. The elements, the idea of energy in everything, my undying love for stones, my interest in divination, it all kind of came to a pinnancle and even though it was a movie that told me hey, look into this, and even though it was a bad movie at that, I still found something that just struck me hard. Struck me down, even and never let go.

        The real hook for me...was that it just made sense. I never feel like something I'm trying to do is a real stretch, it just...it just is. I suppose then...I had a natural draw and I followed it.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by cheddarsox View Post
          When I was in grade school, the school library had a series of books about careers and the titles were all "So you want to be a ......." And I thought they were hilarious.

          So, as a "new" pagan...what attracts you to paganism?

          As an "old" pagan, I am curious about how paganism is seen and what aspects of it are catching the attention of people and making them study it or choose it as a life path.

          How did you learn about it? What made you think "THAT is for me!"

          I'll share my experience a bit later, I don't want to color anyone's responses with my own.

          Even if you are not so new...feel free to answer, there had to have been some "hook" for each of us that made us hungry for more.

          cheddar
          well as an "old" pagan i've always been drawn to the idea of paganism, of multiple gods, worshipping nature, magick etc. But it was a show called 'travelers" on teh discovery channel that introduced me to paganism, and showed me hey, real witches exist. in that show they went to various places all over the place. it was near halloween so they were appropriately in Salem, mass. So the talked to some real witches there. Right then i was like OMG there are real witches?! awesome! i want to learn more. and also thought, hey i believe that stuff too. So then i started my own research....and lets see...9, 10..whatever, years later here i am.
          ~*~ )o( Blessings in Shadow & Light! )o( ~*~

          ~ Semper Fi ~

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          • #6
            I'm a new Pagan and the part about worshipping nature is what attracted me. Even when I was part of Christianity, I only felt connected to my spirituality when I was outside, with the wind on my face or the sound of the ocean.

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            • #7
              Ok, my turn.

              I became pagan "pre-Buffy" and pre "Charmed"...or maybe more correctly, I was born pagan and it just took me a long time to realize that.

              I was raised Catholic, and really tried to make Chrisitanity work, while I respect the teachings and ethics, I couldn't make it work as a belief system. It simply was contrary to my experience of life and the Universe. I kept thinking...wouldn't it be cool if there was a religion that addressed what I believe and feel inside.

              While attending a liberal Christian church, I was introduced to some basic pagan spirituality...yes, at the Church,by the ministers, who were discussion ancient spiritualities. I was like "YES!", but didn't know there were real live people still practicing those things, outside of the liberal Christians who thought they were cool.

              But about that same time some health and personal crises caused me to say "enough" to Christianity and start practicing my authentic faith, what I knew and believed deep down inside.

              A few years later I discovered that there are lots of people who follow this path and practice these beliefs and I was thrilled.

              To me, paganism is practicing from the inside out, rather than from the outside in.

              It is my authentic response to what I know and believe, not what is enforced from an outside authority.

              I didn't have to plan an altar, when I heard about them, I realized I've always had a few around the house. I didn't have to learn how to do ritual, I realized I've been doing them all along.

              So, it was like I started living as a pagan, because it was inside me, and then later happily found community.

              What attracted me to paganism was it's authenticity.
              In a love affair with sunshine

              Live this day like an altar to what you believe

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              • #8
                This was actually over a decade ago, but thought I'd throw my two bits in.

                I was meandering around Yahoo! directory, within the paranormal section, as I was vastly interested in UFOs and ghosts. One of the listings there cross-linked over to Wicca & Witchcraft, and I clicked over, learned that in Wicca "harm none" was the first rule, and that the Divine could be male AND female too, so I decided to start learning more about it.
                Om Namah Shivaya.

                "Im finding seeking the sacred, well, that its rather like falling in love, the harder you seek it, the less likely it is to happen." - Brightshores

                "When your consciousness is directed outward, mind and world arise. When it is directed inward, it realizes its own Source and returns home into the Unmanifested." ~ Eckhart Tolle

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                • #9
                  One word: freedom. That's the thing that made me fall hook, line and sinker for the path. I was used to a pre-chewed version of faith, so the massive bit of having to research everything myself was very tempting...

                  ... and ultimately, I had already been called to this path long before I acquainted myself with it.
                  Can you touch the root that feeds us?
                  Can you hear the words that I say?
                  Can you feel the music move you?
                  Can you feel alive today?


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                  • #10
                    I first encountered Paganism through a bunch of friends at college. I knew about Paganism because we were always raising money at church to "save the souls of the Pagan babies." A chance conversation with those friends was my first inkling that there were -gasp!- Pagans in America. I mulled that over for a while, and then I got invited to a Beltane ritual by this woman I had a gimondo crush on.

                    The woman is long gone (thank goodness), but Paganism remains. I went to that ritual and was awed by the simple power and beauty of it, and by the conviction of the practicioners. They didn't believe in gods or magic because some priest or rabbi at the front of the room told them to; they believed it because they'd experienced it. I was intrigued by how easily they accomodated the varying beliefs of the participants (we had, IIRC, 3 Wiccans, a Druid, a Satanist, an Asatruar, and a self-described "person who runs up and down beaches a lot").

                    Most of all, what hooked me was that the ritual, heavy though it was with Wiccan language and symbology, honored Nature and the Earth as and for themselves, not merely as the creations of an Almighty God. The Earth had always been so important to me, and I'd been frustrated by the short shrift it got in Christianity and Judaism. The concept of an immanent divinity, as presented by neo-Wicca, was mighty appealing to me.

                    Eventually, I dropped the intermediary of deity and rolled right on to "worshipping" the Earth and the Cosmos. Through 3 religions and exploration of several more, that one constant has remained.
                    If you're lucky you'll find something that reflects you,
                    helps you feel your life protects you,
                    cradles you and connects you to everything.
                    Dar Williams, "The Hudson"

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                    • #11
                      I was interested in the ideas when I was a kid, found out it all had a name and beliefs to them later on.. :P

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                      • #12
                        I came to it because I used to run rampant through my local libraries and bookstores and read anything and everything that caught my eye. I found the "new age" section and started reading.
                        Then later I met people who actually knew about the substance and practices of Paganism, and I just never left.

                        Each man performs his service to the Holy according to what he is, not according to what he is not; after all, the sacrifice must not surpass the proper measure of the worshiper. - Iamblichus



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                        • #13
                          A few things led me to paganism.

                          I've always had premonitions, for one - and the church didn't have an explanation for that and didn't encourage psychic development.

                          For two, I did a creative visualization thing that was recommended in a book. You write down what you want as if you already have it. So - I did it and it worked! It was amazing!

                          Then, one day I "remembered" that I used to be a witch in a past life and that my female ancestors were witches. I can't describe it - it was like I suddenly just knew, and I got images of it.

                          Of course there are other things as well.

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                          • #14
                            I read an article about it once and didn't think much about it. But it was sort of infiltrating my mind. I sort of joked about becoming a pagan to a friend once, but after they didn't take it the least bit seriously I wrote it off again. A few months later I read another article, felt all full of chills and decided that was it.

                            I dunno, I just sort of knew the first time I read that it existed. It took me a while to come to terms with that but still. I had to argue with my boyfriend to prove to him that it isn't evil and now he's very supportive.
                            Flame in Bloom-my blog on dancing and heathenry

                            The fires in me can never be drowned. They cannot be snuffed, for even when they are denied air, they breathe, gasping in the endless firedance.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by cheddarsox View Post
                              When I was in grade school, the school library had a series of books about careers and the titles were all "So you want to be a ......." And I thought they were hilarious.

                              So, as a "new" pagan...what attracts you to paganism?

                              As an "old" pagan, I am curious about how paganism is seen and what aspects of it are catching the attention of people and making them study it or choose it as a life path.

                              How did you learn about it? What made you think "THAT is for me!"

                              I'll share my experience a bit later, I don't want to color anyone's responses with my own.

                              Even if you are not so new...feel free to answer, there had to have been some "hook" for each of us that made us hungry for more.

                              cheddar
                              "Old" Pagan here. Was born into a "craft" family and taught the traditions of the family. When the family became too dysfunctional and I was placed into first group homes and then foster care, the traditions allowed me to keep my wits when so many around me were losing theirs. Passed it on to my own kids and some of them stuck with it and some of them didn't. The traditions were the only consistancy in my life for much of my life.

                              I didn't have a specific moment where I thought "this was for me"; it was what I was born to, raised with, and kept me semi-sane. It gave me "reason" for the unreasonable and "sense" for the senseless. It worked for me from the earliest memories I have, and I don't fix what isn't broken.

                              Though I studied other paths, I never found the cohesion and comfort in other paths that I found in the traditions of the family. How could I? Our trads are a part of me, created by my elders, my age-mates, and even my children. If I ever need a sense of belonging, I need look no further than my own altar.

                              What made me hungry for more was the dysfunction of my childhood family. I collected everything I could get from the family about our trads. When we couldn't talk about anything else, we communicated through and about the traditions. Though we are scattered all over the globe now, in the collected writings and objects of our traditions, we are together and in harmony. Over the years, the best of our natures is preserved in the collection, while the worst in our natures gets treated, outgrown, or left behind.
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                              Not all witches are love and light, nor are they all hate and darkness.
                              Some witches are just real mothers - like me.
                              You cannot carve a beautiful sculpture in stone with loving strokes.
                              It takes a hammer, a chisel, and a lot of aggression that needs converted.
                              I am aware of how nasty I come across.
                              If others have the right and freedom to be sweetness and light,
                              I have the right to be spit and vinegar.

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