Saturday, April 25, 2009

New to Paganism and Wicca? Here Are a Few Tips

By Kelly Kiley

Pagan, which once meant country dweller, is now
coined as the term for a spirituality that is not one of the Big three
monotheistic faiths of Christianity, Islam or Judaism. Many folks use
Paganism as an umbrella term for many earth-based, or earth honoring
spiritual paths. To further break it down many refer to Paganism as
what ancient Pre-Christian people practiced, and refer to what is
practiced today as Neo-Paganism. Wicca is just one of the many Pagan
faiths out there. Pagans refer to themselves as many different things
such as Wiccan, Asatru, Celtic , Hellenic, or Roman Re-constructionist,
Heathen, Witch, Traditional Witch, Green Witch, Elemental Witch,
Pantheist, Polytheist, or even Just Pagan.

I am very interested in learning about Wicca, Witchcraft and Paganism....Now what do I do?

If
you are interested in the subject and want to learn more, read as
much information from as many different sources as you can. Never take
any one teaching or opinion on the subject as set in stone, and the one
true way. You will find that many people say that traditional coven
taught and lineage based Wicca is the only way to go, and you will find
others that think it's perfectly acceptable to learn and practice Wicca
in a solitary fashion. All these different schools of thought can be
daunting and confusing at first. Do not worry, and take your time. Get
educated and come to your own conclusions about what you learn. Much
 information about Paganism and Wicca is based on scholarship and
history, but much of what you read will also be based on opinion,
beliefs, and guesses about what our ancestors actually did.

Looking for a Teacher, and Meeting Other Pagans

Be
safe when looking for a teacher, or other Pagans to celebrate with. If
you are new to Paganism and Wicca, and are looking for someone to teach
you, use Common sense and be leery of ANY new person you meet. Gaining
trust, and being able to trust someone takes time. Never feel pressured
or rushed into anything. Do not do anything you feel uncomfortable
doing, even if a particular person's teachings dictate that you do so.
My best advice on this is to join an on line social group at first (one
that is welcoming to people new to Paganism) and join in on the
discussion there. You will learn much by participating in on line group
discussions. After you feel more comfortable, and want to venture out
into the real world to meet other Pagans in or near your town, make
sure you meet people in an openly public place, and not alone.

Kelly
is a Mom, Wife, and Witch who grew up in FL, and now lives in beautiful
PA. She identifies as an Eclectic Witch with practices heavily rooted
in Wicca. She runs a small online Pagan gift and ritual supply store
from her home called Enchanted Hearth. You can visit her store at http://www.enchanted-hearth.com


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