Merry Meet, Everybody!
I'm another doing-my-own-thing loner. I was raised as an "Easter and Christmas" church-goer, as a child, but became disenchanted with Christianity
because most of it didn't make sense to me. In fact, it was downright contradictory in the morals it preached! In college I split my minor between
Psychology and Comparative Religious Studies and what I learned only re-emphasized that conclusion.
I initially focused my interest on Wicca. I learned everything I could and read as much as I could. I devoured "The Spiral Dance" and every other
book on Wicca that was available at the time. I ended up kind of mentally dividing the available material into two categories of a) junk in the vein
of newspaper horoscopes, and b) actual useful information. I likewise soon determined that my local Pagan groups were made up of similar subsets. I
found that I loved the drumming and the rituals, but there was way too much drama going on amongst the various little groups of people. As with
Christianity, I felt no compuction to show up and hang out with people regularly, just for the sake of doing so.
Some things I felt drawn to, and others not. I now practice very informally, and I'm more involved in dream-work and shamanistic dreaming. I have a
small altar in my bedroom which has a lovely autumn colored quilted cloth on top, along with a open topped glass containing sea salt and my tarot
cards. I bring out other items according to what I feel at the time (stones I have picked up, smooth twigs, etc). My athame is in my drawer in a
nice leather sheath, I rarely bring it out these days, but it makes me feel happy. I am a very "feely" person - I love textures and the shape and
heft of my athame are just perfect for me. I think the last time I used it was about two years ago when there was a very negative influence affecting
my household, an accusation involving a family member, and I needed to clear the house. My occasional psychic encounters have involved feeling things
(feeling touches, pushes, etc) rather than seeing or hearing things. I have, however, learned a lot of great ways to focus energy in the past few
years, and those are mostly visualization techniques, which I have found to be very effective. I feel the earth most strongly when I am hiking, and
don't like to be engaged in conversation at those times.
One other thing - I've long had a fascination with the Merlin legends and have read many variations of the story, histories of the legend, and studies
of the ancient sites that could be related to the tales.
Looking forward to the development of the FAQs.
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