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#1    Simbi Laveau

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 09:08 PM

Hi everyone ,
A few of the practicing pagans here on UM,have chosen to start this thread,to answer questions for people who are truely interested in other forms of spiritual practice .
This is just for information sharing ,and we do not want anyone trying to cast inappropriate spells,or anything like that .
We would appreciate it if non believers refrained from flames and posts of a disbarraging nature .

We only want to pass on info to people who are truely interested,but have no access to proper information or mentoring from an elder .

All forms of paganism and spiritual practices are welcome
We all come from very different backgrounds ,so it should make for a very interesting mix .

Just to cover the basics ,if someone wants to post a basic circle casting how too ,that would be a great start .
Given I do not follow a wholey wiccan path,and I cannot cut and paste ^_^ ,it might be best if a wiccan posted it,and we can all post our own little special things we do,when casting a circle .
I actually invoke five elements when I cast ,but that's my Chinese theory background creeping in .

If anyone else would like to post an introduction ,and what path you follow,or what you would like to learn ......
The floor is yours .
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Edited by Simbi Laveau, 06 September 2012 - 09:09 PM.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 10:11 PM

Hi I would love to learn more about paganism can you please help me and share with me how I can get started? Thanx Diane x


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Posted 06 September 2012 - 10:16 PM

View PostDianegazza, on 06 September 2012 - 10:11 PM, said:

Hi I would love to learn more about paganism can you please help me and share with me how I can get started? Thanx Diane x

Hello and welcome to UM
There are many forms a paganism ,and there is more to it than just "magick".
Is there any particular form of paganism that calls to you ?

I think maybe a reading list is in order as well.
If anyone has any books they think are good start points,please post them .

I would say look at some titles by Silver Ravenwolf ,as she has many easy to follow basic books .
And I always recommend Lady Rheas Enchanted Candle book .



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Posted 06 September 2012 - 10:50 PM

View Postbones101proof, on 06 September 2012 - 10:44 PM, said:

An old ex girlfriend of mine was pagan, wiccan. She was evil beyond words I can't describe, to me and her family. She ended up killing herself last I cared to hear about her.

Well being Wiccan doesnt make someone evil .Sounds like she had problems in general .
Even if you didn't care,I'm sorry . Having an ex commit suicide is still hard.

There are evil Christians ,aren't there ? Men who abuse kids .People who steal .
Evil is in many places,just as goodness is .
Don't let one person make you think all pagans are bad .

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 10:51 PM

Just so we're clear, define "pagan"? Because I know that it can mean a lot of different things to different people...

Try to realize it's all within yourself / No-one else can make you change / And to see you're really only very small / And life flows on within you and without you. / We were talking about the love that's gone so cold and the people / Who gain the world and lose their soul / They don't know they can't see are you one of them? / When you've seen beyond yourself then you may find peace of mind / Is waiting there / And the time will come / when you see we're all one and life flows on within you and without you. ~ George Harrison

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 10:59 PM

View Postbones101proof, on 06 September 2012 - 10:44 PM, said:

An old ex girlfriend of mine was pagan, wiccan. She was evil beyond words I can't describe, to me and her family. She ended up killing herself last I cared to hear about her.
There are some people who make the craft evil not the craft its self they seemed to be drawn to it like moths to a flame as they think paganism and satanism are the same and distort it for their own gains true warlocks/witches/pagans are not evil they will embrace the world and life with a sense of love and being but I am sad to hear your ex was evil.


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Posted 06 September 2012 - 11:02 PM

View PostArbitran, on 06 September 2012 - 10:51 PM, said:

Just so we're clear, define "pagan"? Because I know that it can mean a lot of different things to different people...

Well most definitions of paganism mean non organized religions .
That would exclude things like Muslim,Christian,Jewish,Buddhist ....
Some people feel Buddhism is pagan,but non organized,is the literal definition of paganism .

I assume people will want to know about things like Wicca,OTO and golden dawn,voodoo,Santeria ,native American practices ,,,like that .

We are doing this as more of an information exchange ,and not for debating what's better ,etc etc.

Edited by Simbi Laveau, 06 September 2012 - 11:03 PM.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 11:07 PM

View PostSimbi Laveau, on 06 September 2012 - 11:02 PM, said:

Well most definitions of paganism mean non organized religions .
That would exclude things like Muslim,Christian,Jewish,Buddhist ....
Some people feel Buddhism is pagan,but non organized,is the literal definition of paganism .

I assume people will want to know about things like Wicca,OTO and golden dawn,voodoo,Santeria ,native American practices ,,,like that .

We are doing this as more of an information exchange ,and not for debating what's better ,etc etc.

I presumed that that was the sort of thing that was meant. I was just making sure. Because, for instance, a lot of Christians call me a "pagan"; I'm officially a Hindu, and unofficially Buddhist, Taoist, Shintoist, Confucianist, etc. Basically, I'm branded a pagan because I gravitate towards Eastern rather than Western ideology.

Try to realize it's all within yourself / No-one else can make you change / And to see you're really only very small / And life flows on within you and without you. / We were talking about the love that's gone so cold and the people / Who gain the world and lose their soul / They don't know they can't see are you one of them? / When you've seen beyond yourself then you may find peace of mind / Is waiting there / And the time will come / when you see we're all one and life flows on within you and without you. ~ George Harrison

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 11:23 PM

View PostArbitran, on 06 September 2012 - 11:07 PM, said:



I presumed that that was the sort of thing that was meant. I was just making sure. Because, for instance, a lot of Christians call me a "pagan"; I'm officially a Hindu, and unofficially Buddhist, Taoist, Shintoist, Confucianist, etc. Basically, I'm branded a pagan because I gravitate towards Eastern rather than Western ideology.
That is pure ignorance on their part.
I will probably post some Hindu and Tibetan lore,as most people don't understand it ,for just these reasons .
Better to educate ,rather than chastise .
Ganesh Chanthuri is coming ,I will definately post about it .
If you want to post about some things,just to educate,please do .


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Posted 06 September 2012 - 11:25 PM

View PostSimbi Laveau, on 06 September 2012 - 11:23 PM, said:

That is pure ignorance on their part.
I will probably post some Hindu and Tibetan lore,as most people don't understand it ,for just these reasons .
Better to educate ,rather than chastise .
Ganesh Chanthuri is coming ,I will definately post about it .
If you want to post about some things,just to educate,please do .

Very good.

Try to realize it's all within yourself / No-one else can make you change / And to see you're really only very small / And life flows on within you and without you. / We were talking about the love that's gone so cold and the people / Who gain the world and lose their soul / They don't know they can't see are you one of them? / When you've seen beyond yourself then you may find peace of mind / Is waiting there / And the time will come / when you see we're all one and life flows on within you and without you. ~ George Harrison

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 11:28 PM

View PostArbitran, on 06 September 2012 - 11:07 PM, said:

I presumed that that was the sort of thing that was meant. I was just making sure. Because, for instance, a lot of Christians call me a "pagan"; I'm officially a Hindu, and unofficially Buddhist, Taoist, Shintoist, Confucianist, etc. Basically, I'm branded a pagan because I gravitate towards Eastern rather than Western ideology.
East/West it doesn't matter paganism is older then both trains of thought a true pagan be it a Buddhist a witch or what ever you want to call yourself is one with mother nature hence all things are alive with their own wealth of being. :tu:


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Posted 07 September 2012 - 02:45 AM

View Postbones101proof, on 06 September 2012 - 10:44 PM, said:

An old ex girlfriend of mine was pagan, wiccan. She was evil beyond words I can't describe, to me and her family. She ended up killing herself last I cared to hear about her.
Thats dark man

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 07:56 AM

View Postbones101proof, on 07 September 2012 - 06:28 AM, said:

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I didn't get about half of that because of the filters. I wasn't trying to be sardonic, by the way. In retrospect I see it could be interpreted that way. It was serious advice. The only medicine for a wounded soul is love.

Try to realize it's all within yourself / No-one else can make you change / And to see you're really only very small / And life flows on within you and without you. / We were talking about the love that's gone so cold and the people / Who gain the world and lose their soul / They don't know they can't see are you one of them? / When you've seen beyond yourself then you may find peace of mind / Is waiting there / And the time will come / when you see we're all one and life flows on within you and without you. ~ George Harrison

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:28 AM

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I didn't get about half of that because of the filters. I wasn't trying to be sardonic, by the way. In retrospect I see it could be interpreted that way. It was serious advice. The only medicine for a wounded soul is love.

I'm sorry bones ,no one meant any harm .....,this is obviously has not healed yet for you .......maybe you need to do something for some type of closure .
I don't know what religion you are,but maybe you should light her a,candle ,or say some prayers,or have prayers said.
In the catholic tradition,they have a mass said .I would go with my mom and light candles at church .
In Jewish tradition they light candles on the anniversary of the day,but my ex boyfriends mom lit them every night .
In Santeria,we light them a guardian angel candle ,to help them find her way . It also helps the living to say good bye .
It's up to you ,but I think you need to look closer at your feelings about this ,because it isn't healthy for you to still carry this burden with you ...


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Posted 07 September 2012 - 11:02 AM

View PostArbitran, on 06 September 2012 - 11:07 PM, said:

I presumed that that was the sort of thing that was meant. I was just making sure. Because, for instance, a lot of Christians call me a "pagan"; I'm officially a Hindu, and unofficially Buddhist, Taoist, Shintoist, Confucianist, etc. Basically, I'm branded a pagan because I gravitate towards Eastern rather than Western ideology.

Technically Hindus would be considered pagan, because paganism technically includes any polytheistic (or atheistic, I feel) religion.

Paganism (from Latin paganus, meaning "country dweller", "rustic"[1]) is a blanket term, typically used to refer to religious traditions which are polytheistic or indigenous.

It's pretty loose on definition, and I think it's one that a lot of people don't really understand.






I have to go to work now but later perhaps I'll work on a bit of a glossary for this thread, may be helpful :)

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