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    Re: Help

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    A the moment I'm still trying to find my feet, so i'm not really following any particular path, but exploring options. I noticed you are interested in religious witchcraft. Is there a specific celtic witchcraft path/option that I could look into. this sounds right up my street.
    That depends on several things; among them, what you mean by 'Celtic' and what you mean by 'witchcraft'.

    For sorting out options, you might find the resources provided in our Hello, I'm a New Pagan wiki article useful.

    Sorry for so many question, this whole thing is so difficult to understand at first.
    Nothing to apologize for; that's what our beginner-friendly areas are for! And, yes, the breadth and scope of all the many different things that fall under the umbrella of paganism is complex and confusing.

    One suggestion I'd make, though, is that rather than simply adding new questions to your existing thread, making new threads for new questions (or sets of related questions, when you have many), with thread titles that are more specific about what you're asking about, is more effective for getting the attention of people who are interested/knowledgeable in the relevant things. I've edited the title of this thread (or rather, will as soon as I post this) to be more specific.

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    Re: Help

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    I've edited the title of this thread (or rather, will as soon as I post this) to be more specific.
    And then promptly forgot to do it. But now I have.

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    Re: Help choosing which polytheism to pursue

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    Hi Everyone, this is my first post on here and I was wondering if you could help me.

    I have recently become interested in European Polytheism. My ancestry is Germanic and Celtic.

    The problem is, I am finding it really hard to choose what to do. I feel a very strong connection with the God Thor, yet at the same time i feel a stronger connection with the celtic gods overall.

    All of this is making me feel really confused and I'm scared to do anything wrong incase I offend some gods that I have no intended to.

    I'd look forward to hearing from you all.

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    A good place to start is to find a framework for working with the deities that appeals to you and try it out. You can decide the framework isn't working for you at any point and switch it out for another, or keep the things that are working for you and don't use what doesn't. A lot of them are tied to an organization: for example, Ar nDraichot Fein (ADF) has developed its own ritual framework as has the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids (OBOD). While these organizations both require one to join for full access to their materials, enough are available for free online to get the gist of what it's all about. As well as this, with a well-designed google search it's often possible to find blog posts by people who either are active members, use the framework, or have used it and like or dislike it for their own reasons.

    I've only given links to a couple organizations geared to one pantheon (celtic) and one approach to working with the celtic gods (druidry). This is for two reasons: one is that they are ones I am familiar with, and another is that doing your own research and working out which resources are ones you want to use is pretty much an essential skill for being a pagan. It's even worth learning about pantheons and religious frameworks you don't intend on interacting with: you can find some good answers for why certain things are done or not done in different practices: for example, in Wicca it's common practice to cast a circle before ritual. In ADF's ritual structure, it's not. Why? That's your homework if you want to find out

    In seriousness, though, the best thing to do when you don't know what to do is research, research, do more research, and then talk to others about what you found in your research. You don't have to jump into anything immediately, though you can if you want to: you'll learn something from the experience whether you end up liking it or not. There are so many approaches to paganism, but it takes experimentation to find the one you like.

    As well, since you are drawn to more than one pantheon, I will second the suggestion to have a look at Darkhawk's essay on eclecticism.

    I hope this is helpful, and good luck
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    Re: Help

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    Recently my wife bought we a valknut without knowing the meaning behind it, it tried it on. I've read some places that once it has been worn you have made a commitment to odin.
    Thank your wife for her intuition, because that valknut is an apt start for your Pagan path, if you choose to make it such.

    A) It's interwoven, interconnected, much like the pentacle Pagans also wear -- much like the Gods Themselves, Who seem willing to morph into whatever names and forms mortals require while always retaining Their integrity as Beings. The challenge of following an eclectic path is to avoid getting confused and lost in the anarchic crowd of authors, mythologies, traditions, interpretations, etc. (which leads a lot of people to ricochet to the opposite extreme of fundamentalism). Follow instead the common threads: Why does that symbol signify Three times Three? When you trace Triplicity through Celtic and Norse and other pantheons, what do you discover? Why would this number be so commonly associated with Spirit, vs. Four with Matter ... and so on. Don't be satisfied with anyone's answer to such questions but your own.

    B) From metaphysical theory to magical practice: This symbol is a knot. Knots bind, and magical knots bind spiritual energy -- hence, I'd bet, the superstition that putting the Valknut on binds you to the God Who hung thrice-three nights on the World Tree to discover the runes. If it has the innate power such a legend implies, what else might you use this symbol to bind? You can choose to run off and experiment with its potential powers at your own risk (and maybe others'!), or to obtain magical training first to learn how to use such spells well -- either way, you'd be taking an active, real-life step (rather than just a book-bound theoretical one) to pursue your Pagan path.
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    Re: Help

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    "Eclectic polytheism" is probably a good term.

    There isn't that I know of, either. Read the myths, is usually a good starting point. Cu Chulainn? Mabinog--wait that's Welsh, never mind.
    Just wanted to point out, Welsh *is* Celtic - I don't think OP had specified, say, Irish? So, yes, the Mabinogion (I'd go with Sioned Davies' translation) is definitely worth checking out (possibly worth a look even if you're more interested in Irish stuff, as there's at least one story which features some, er, interactions with an Irish king and his men, if memory serves - could be interesting to see how other Celts portrayed the Irish, though (IIRC) as with the Táin and indeed the Norse Eddas, the Mabinogion was written down by Christians, as the pre-Christian Celts didn't really hold with writing.)

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    Re: Help

    Quote Originally Posted by minus View Post
    Recently my wife bought we a valknut without knowing the meaning behind it, it tried it on. I've read some places that once it has been worn you have made a commitment to odin.
    Just putting it on is not a commitment.

    That being said, I honestly wouldn't wear it without a commitment. It's a symbol of sacrifice and binding, you see. While others may disagree with me, I don't think it is meant to be worn casually as a symbol of Asatru.

    A Mjollnir is a lot better as a casual symbol.

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