There was a question the other day asking me when I became Pagan that made me think for a while, because I realised I couldn't really find the answer. I couldn't really remember when i became as they say: a villiager or a "villian" as the Romans called it. I was raised on strict christianity, but there was a part of my family that decisively defined themselves as christian mystics, though this was very much secret. As one of my family members use to say: There are people that see things that others can't, that acceptable christianity chose to ignore, but God made us all and mistakes are not likely made by God. We use to get into these long philosophical chats that at least made us feel "normal" at the end of them.
Magic drew me at that typical rebellious stage of teenagehood yet I wouldn't say I did it out of rebelliousness but rather as a need to understand. Whether that was the beginning; I couldn't say I was sure.
I do not have exact date, but know I am were I am supposed to be. I do know it was not in Christianity, although I did learn some good things, and each path there are nuggets for us if open. That is what I believe.
I've always been attracted to witchcraft, even as a child. I was attracted to my patron goddess as a child as well.
Over a decade ago, I decided to find out if I really believed my Christian faith or I just believed because that's how I was raised. I started doing research.
I found out that I believed simply because that was the way I was taught.
Upon doing a LOT of research, I discovered Christianity's biggest trump - that it was TRUE and that Jesus HAD existed as a historical figure and thus that made Christianity the only REAL religion - was bunk. It was a johnny-come-lately religion, a rehash of Greek philosophy and cobbled together stories of traveling rabbis in the Middle East and every single extra-biblical mention of Jesus was either debunked or suspect made me conclude that Christianity was no more real than any other religion and that I wasn't going to burn in hell for leaving the faith. And if that were the case, I was going to a religion where I had always felt at home and that was more in line with my life beliefs.
Bingo. I became a pagan.
What's a pagan and what's paganism?
I'm sure if you look around on this well followed site you should find that definition, but from my understanding pagan/paganos was originally a villager also later refferred to as villians by the Romans....it was generally a very brod description for everyone above Rome, generally accepted as barbarians and those who did not follow the status quo (depend at what time in history you look at)
I have yet to see this term defined on here and what prerequisites are required to apply it to one's self? I am aware of historical usage. I was wondering in what context Pagan is being used in this question?
The term is so loosely used on this site that it is nothing short of nebulous. I am asking what is a pagan? What is paganism? When the question, "When did you choose paganism and what made you choose it?" gets asked, what is meant by the term Pagan? What is being chosen?
As far back as I can remember, It found me, my mother was a witch and her mother before her.
You should see my BOS!
I would like to see that DS obviously not the pages, but the book itself, I am interested in old inscriptions and writtings.
Will post some pictures on my page Skuld.
Had it rebinded twice since I inherited it. The first time I took it for binding, the guy in the shop was terrified, of a book! My grandma, had written most of her contribution in old gaelic and theban, so I get that it looked 'strange' to him. Once I explained what it was, nothing that would produce the devil or steal his soul, he kinda chilled out and became curious at the writing that he could not understand.
Stereotyping at its most amusing :D
NICE!!! love the olde Gaelic,hearing how it "is" pronounced is a bit aha moment too,guttural,raspy.harsh and musical all in the same.....
Some of it was hard for me to decipher Lass, and I am irish lol. Will post some pics when I get the chance...
please do.I know a few cuss and drinking words in both Scottish and Irish Gaelic.....and some slang my Scottish Mom used.....
indeed......my Mom followed the Fey,though a Presbyterian,My Irish gran was a seer, Gran was a Doyle from Galway...Clan Gordon,my Clan had several witches in my direct lione (Aitchison) too,a large Clan sept......"The Cunning Folk" of olde