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WillowTiger

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« on: March 18, 2013, 05:39:59 pm »
Hello everyone! WillowTiger here and I would just like to say thank you for stopping by!

I'm rather new to the Pagan religion/belief (not quite sure what to call it), but I have always felt drawn to Paganism because of its nature based beliefs, so I figured that I would follow my heart and find out about it. Come to find out, I've never felt more at home with any other religion/belief. :)
I'm pretty talkative and curious about MANY things so I would love to talk to you guys more! I absolutely adore animals, Willow trees (not quite sure why just yet though o.O) and books.

If you want to know more, just ask away!

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Re: New to the World
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2013, 06:01:00 pm »
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Hello everyone! WillowTiger here and I would just like to say thank you for stopping by!

I'm rather new to the Pagan religion/belief (not quite sure what to call it), but I have always felt drawn to Paganism because of its nature based beliefs, so I figured that I would follow my heart and find out about it. Come to find out, I've never felt more at home with any other religion/belief. :)
I'm pretty talkative and curious about MANY things so I would love to talk to you guys more! I absolutely adore animals, Willow trees (not quite sure why just yet though o.O) and books.

If you want to know more, just ask away!

 
Welcome. :)

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Re: New to the World
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2013, 06:19:00 pm »
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Hello everyone! WillowTiger here and I would just like to say thank you for stopping by!

I'm rather new to the Pagan religion/belief (not quite sure what to call it), but I have always felt drawn to Paganism because of its nature based beliefs, so I figured that I would follow my heart and find out about it. Come to find out, I've never felt more at home with any other religion/belief. :)
I'm pretty talkative and curious about MANY things so I would love to talk to you guys more! I absolutely adore animals, Willow trees (not quite sure why just yet though o.O) and books.

If you want to know more, just ask away!

Sounds like you're still on the seekers path - so you ask away as well - lots of people here with a variety of points-of-view, so you're bound to learn something.

And welcome to our little coffee-klatch
« Last Edit: March 18, 2013, 06:19:24 pm by Rhyshadow »

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Re: New to the World
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2013, 06:49:22 pm »
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Hello everyone! WillowTiger here and I would just like to say thank you for stopping by!

Welcome to TC!
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Re: New to the World
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2013, 07:24:03 pm »
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Welcome to TC!

 
Thank you everyone for the welcomes!

I do have a question or two.
I'm kind of wondering how to find my path. I've always been drawn to Celtic beliefs and since my heritage is nearly 100% Irish, I guess that's understandable, but recently I have been drawn to the beliefs of the Native Americans. I know that there are many different beliefs under the Native American umbrella, but I feel more drawn to the side of animals being guardians and spirits and the lore that surrounds them. I'm not sure if I should give into this feeling and I guess "try out" their rituals (I don't mean this to be rude, I promise I don't mean it like that! >.<) or give it a while to see if my feelings are just a fleeting passion?

I was also wondering if anyone else has ever been in a situation like this. I live next to a small line of trees which are big enough to block my subdivision from the road, but I could easily walk through them in 30 mins. Well, in these woods there is a ring of trees that, to me, feel like they have some kind of energy between them. I wondered into the ring one day and all the sudden was just overcome with a mellow, relaxing feeling. Now I've heard of never entering mushroom rings, but I haven't read anything about rings of trees and if they have a meaning. Has anyone ever come across something like this or know anything about it?

Also, sorry if this isn't the right place to ask these things! :ashamed:

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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2013, 07:29:27 pm »
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Thank you everyone for the welcomes!

I do have a question or two.
I'm kind of wondering how to find my path. I've always been drawn to Celtic beliefs and since my heritage is nearly 100% Irish, I guess that's understandable, but recently I have been drawn to the beliefs of the Native Americans. I know that there are many different beliefs under the Native American umbrella, but I feel more drawn to the side of animals being guardians and spirits and the lore that surrounds them. I'm not sure if I should give into this feeling and I guess "try out" their rituals (I don't mean this to be rude, I promise I don't mean it like that! >.<) or give it a while to see if my feelings are just a fleeting passion?


Well, the First Nations don't have a lot written on 'rituals', and quite a bit is relegated to blood-members only, those who aren't part of the 'family' using the techniques is considered rude - and as my wife is part Cherokee, I know these things

Check out general shamanism, while it's not quite First Nations practice it is close

Quote from: WillowTiger;101834
I was also wondering if anyone else has ever been in a situation like this. I live next to a small line of trees which are big enough to block my subdivision from the road, but I could easily walk through them in 30 mins. Well, in these woods there is a ring of trees that, to me, feel like they have some kind of energy between them. I wondered into the ring one day and all the sudden was just overcome with a mellow, relaxing feeling. Now I've heard of never entering mushroom rings, but I haven't read anything about rings of trees and if they have a meaning. Has anyone ever come across something like this or know anything about it?

Also, sorry if this isn't the right place to ask these things! :ashamed:

 
That's a very Gaelic/Celtic thing actually - there were no real 'temples' but sacred places in the woods - small clearings in larger forests or small groves in the center of cleared land were the preferred spots. And faery rings don't have to be mushrooms, a circle of trees as you've described will work just as well.

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Re: New to the World
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2013, 08:29:44 pm »
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Hello everyone! WillowTiger here and I would just like to say thank you for stopping by!

 
Hello and welcome!! :)

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Re: New to the World
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2013, 01:25:23 am »
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those who aren't part of the 'family' using the techniques is considered rude - and as my wife is part Cherokee, I know these things

Oh! I'm sorry if I offended you or your wife! x.x


 
Quote from: Rhyshadow;101836
That's a very Gaelic/Celtic thing actually - there were no real 'temples' but sacred places in the woods - small clearings in larger forests or small groves in the center of cleared land were the preferred spots. And faery rings don't have to be mushrooms, a circle of trees as you've described will work just as well.

These are nice to know. I need to read a little more on the Gaelic/Celtic pathways. Do you have any suggestions for readings?

And thank you Vincient!
« Last Edit: March 19, 2013, 01:26:13 am by WillowTiger »

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Re: New to the World
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2013, 06:21:12 am »
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Oh! I'm sorry if I offended you or your wife! x.x

These are nice to know. I need to read a little more on the Gaelic/Celtic pathways. Do you have any suggestions for readings?

And thank you Vincient!

 
So long as you recognize that the First Nations are still a living thing, uninterrupted for the most part. This is where the difference lies as while it was suppressed it never really died. Unlike the other practices most of us follow from Egypt through Scandinavia.

Long as you realize that taking bits and pieces without acknowledging the whole is considered as not kosher.

Far as the Gaelic practices some books to read, all available through libraries or even Amazon

Dáithí Ó hÓgáin - The Sacred Isle
Sharon Paice MacLeod - Celtic Myth and Religion

These two are a good start on how the history of the Irish-Gaelic and how they practiced.

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Re: New to the World
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2013, 08:48:25 am »
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Hello everyone! WillowTiger here and I would just like to say thank you for stopping by!

I'm rather new to the Pagan religion/belief (not quite sure what to call it), but I have always felt drawn to Paganism because of its nature based beliefs, so I figured that I would follow my heart and find out about it. Come to find out, I've never felt more at home with any other religion/belief. :)
I'm pretty talkative and curious about MANY things so I would love to talk to you guys more! I absolutely adore animals, Willow trees (not quite sure why just yet though o.O) and books.

If you want to know more, just ask away!

 
Welcome! I think you like willows because they are GORGEOUS! :ange:

I'm new, too. I look forward to getting to know you.

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