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A quick hello from Asheville, NC
« on: August 11, 2017, 04:51:02 pm »
Hello, all! I am new to paganism...sort of. I was raised without a religion growing up but as I have been becoming one with myself I have felt a strong need to find a spiritual path.

For the last few years I have been reading about Buddhism and Taoism and while a lot of the concepts ring true the quest for nothingness became somewhat depressing.

I have always been drawn towards nature as my " happy place " and started reading about different types of paganism and witchcraft.

I am a bit overwhelmed at all the different paths but also feel left out as I don't really fit any of them. And while I know you don't really have to have one chosen path so to speak and no need for labels, it would be nice to have some sense of where to turn.

Soooo, I suppose that is why I am here :) To learn and grow.

 

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Re: A quick hello from Asheville, NC
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2017, 05:55:54 pm »
Hello, all! I am new to paganism...sort of. I was raised without a religion growing up but as I have been becoming one with myself I have felt a strong need to find a spiritual path.

For the last few years I have been reading about Buddhism and Taoism and while a lot of the concepts ring true the quest for nothingness became somewhat depressing.

I have always been drawn towards nature as my " happy place " and started reading about different types of paganism and witchcraft.

I am a bit overwhelmed at all the different paths but also feel left out as I don't really fit any of them. And while I know you don't really have to have one chosen path so to speak and no need for labels, it would be nice to have some sense of where to turn.

Soooo, I suppose that is why I am here :) To learn and grow.


Hello and welcome!

Finding your path is a difficult and sometimes painful task, but it can also be so joyful and exciting!

I identify with what you've said about knowing you don't have to be on a path, but wanting some sort of guidance or affinity to a path. 

I started with
what I liked: nature
What felt magical: the changing of the seasons (to me nature is the only magic I was presented with after the magic of childhood was gone).
what brought joyful stillness:taking time to observe the mark of change on our days, paying attention to how the light changes each day, or when the breeze returns at the beginning of fall.
celebrating what resonated: sabbats/solstices/equinoxes for me

I also did some digging into what my own ancestors would have celebrated and found that my ancestral connection was alive and thriving!

blessings to you

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Re: A quick hello from Asheville, NC
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2017, 09:31:38 pm »
Hello, all! I am new to paganism...sort of. I was raised without a religion growing up but as I have been becoming one with myself I have felt a strong need to find a spiritual path.

For the last few years I have been reading about Buddhism and Taoism and while a lot of the concepts ring true the quest for nothingness became somewhat depressing.

I have always been drawn towards nature as my " happy place " and started reading about different types of paganism and witchcraft.

I am a bit overwhelmed at all the different paths but also feel left out as I don't really fit any of them. And while I know you don't really have to have one chosen path so to speak and no need for labels, it would be nice to have some sense of where to turn.

Soooo, I suppose that is why I am here :) To learn and grow.

Hello and welcome!
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Re: A quick hello from Asheville, NC
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2017, 09:59:55 pm »
Hello, all! I am new to paganism...sort of. I was raised without a religion growing up but as I have been becoming one with myself I have felt a strong need to find a spiritual path.

For the last few years I have been reading about Buddhism and Taoism and while a lot of the concepts ring true the quest for nothingness became somewhat depressing.

I have always been drawn towards nature as my " happy place " and started reading about different types of paganism and witchcraft.

I am a bit overwhelmed at all the different paths but also feel left out as I don't really fit any of them. And while I know you don't really have to have one chosen path so to speak and no need for labels, it would be nice to have some sense of where to turn.

Soooo, I suppose that is why I am here :) To learn and grow.

Welcome! It's totally normal to feel overwhelmed!

Side note: I am think of going to grad school in NC, I've heard great things about Asheville!


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Re: A quick hello from Asheville, NC
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2017, 10:54:22 pm »
Welcome aboard!

Side note: I am think of going to grad school in NC, I've heard great things about Asheville!

There's so many in NC on this board, we're giong to have to get together some day!
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Re: A quick hello from Asheville, NC
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2017, 11:16:49 pm »
Welcome aboard!

There's so many in NC on this board, we're giong to have to get together some day!
Welcome to TC! And yesss I need to feel not so alone. Goldsboro sucks, come visit me! :D

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Re: A quick hello from Asheville, NC
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2017, 04:55:21 am »
Welcome to TC! And yesss I need to feel not so alone. Goldsboro sucks, come visit me! :D

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Hey I mean, are there any cute guys in Goldsboro?  What about supply shops?  I order most of my stuff online (namely because the nearest ones are 1.5hrs+ either way) but I love looking in shops.  Never know what you might find.
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Re: A quick hello from Asheville, NC
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2017, 08:22:35 am »
Hey I mean, are there any cute guys in Goldsboro?  What about supply shops?  I order most of my stuff online (namely because the nearest ones are 1.5hrs+ either way) but I love looking in shops.  Never know what you might find.
Haha well I'm engaged so I don't really pay attention to cute guys. And as for shops there's plenty of Christian supplies, but nothing pagan or even remotely new age. Goldsboro is a super Christian, super military small town where almost everyone knows everyone.

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Re: A quick hello from Asheville, NC
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2017, 08:39:21 am »
Haha well I'm engaged so I don't really pay attention to cute guys. And as for shops there's plenty of Christian supplies, but nothing pagan or even remotely new age. Goldsboro is a super Christian, super military small town where almost everyone knows everyone.

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Oddly enough our local books-a-million has a decent selection of related books.  Even a few tarot and oracle decks.  Few different sets with the runes/cards/pendulum with a brief book explaining some things.  But other than that it's either Raleigh or Williamsburg for me.
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Re: A quick hello from Asheville, NC
« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2017, 04:09:59 pm »
Welcome! It's totally normal to feel overwhelmed!

Side note: I am think of going to grad school in NC, I've heard great things about Asheville!

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It's pretty nice so far, I have only been here for three months, I am originally from Maryland...but I will say this, it's totally a blue spec in a red state.

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Re: A quick hello from Asheville, NC
« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2017, 04:17:30 pm »

Hello and welcome!

Finding your path is a difficult and sometimes painful task, but it can also be so joyful and exciting!

I identify with what you've said about knowing you don't have to be on a path, but wanting some sort of guidance or affinity to a path. 

I started with
what I liked: nature
What felt magical: the changing of the seasons (to me nature is the only magic I was presented with after the magic of childhood was gone).
what brought joyful stillness:taking time to observe the mark of change on our days, paying attention to how the light changes each day, or when the breeze returns at the beginning of fall.
celebrating what resonated: sabbats/solstices/equinoxes for me

I also did some digging into what my own ancestors would have celebrated and found that my ancestral connection was alive and thriving!

blessings to you

Thank you for your advice! I am starting to see what feels right for me. I love nature and now that I will have all 4 seasons ( I was in Ft. Lauderdale for a good part of my 20's ) I am really looking forward to feeling that energy again.

It's been quite a quest because I don't really identify with much of the ancestor aspect. Irish, English...German. Typical American Mutt.  I oddly enough have ZERO fascination with Europe.  I mostly just believe in energy at this point. I also have a fascination with epigenetics. Totally irrelevant, I know :)

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Re: A quick hello from Asheville, NC
« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2017, 07:16:29 pm »
Hello, all! I am new to paganism...sort of. I was raised without a religion growing up but as I have been becoming one with myself I have felt a strong need to find a spiritual path.

For the last few years I have been reading about Buddhism and Taoism and while a lot of the concepts ring true the quest for nothingness became somewhat depressing.

I have always been drawn towards nature as my " happy place " and started reading about different types of paganism and witchcraft.

I am a bit overwhelmed at all the different paths but also feel left out as I don't really fit any of them. And while I know you don't really have to have one chosen path so to speak and no need for labels, it would be nice to have some sense of where to turn.

Soooo, I suppose that is why I am here :) To learn and grow.

Welcome, Safay. I'm in the RDU area myself.

Don't bother with getting discouraged while searching for your path. It took me 23 years to find mine. Be patient and enjoy the journey.

@Morbid: I actually grew up down there in the county. Back then the bookstores didn't really carry anything pagan or occult. Matter of fact, no one carried anything along those lines. Nice to see they've loosened up a bit down there.

I agree, a little local meetup might be a nice thing. Pagan Pride is coming to Apex this year. Perhaps we could all arrange something that weekend at Pagan Pride? Plenty of time between now and then to plan and apparently this is supposed to be a larger venue than the State Fairgrounds so plenty of room. Shall we retire to the NC Pagan Pride thread to discuss?
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