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Best Experiences as a Pagan/Witch
« on: January 11, 2018, 07:24:10 am »
I am wondering what is the best experiences you have had since you started your pagan/witchcraft journey and how this has enriched your life. :)

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Re: Best Experiences as a Pagan/Witch
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2018, 06:35:59 pm »
I am wondering what is the best experiences you have had since you started your pagan/witchcraft journey and how this has enriched your life. :)

This is hard to answer, because my paganism is "low key"--woven into everyday life. There was a moment when I was birding during the spring songbird migration in Central Park, which was an amazing moment just for a birder--hell, for a non-birder!--and since birding is a primary lens for my bonding with nature, as a nature-based pagan I keep coming back to that as a profoundly pagan moment for me...

A male blackburnian warbler--it's nicknamed the "firethroat" for its incandescent orange face and throat--was perched at eye level, which in and of itself is something, because normally these tiny birds are at the tops of trees. But here's this little fireball, an arm's length away, throwing back his head and belting out his incredibly high-pitched, urgent song, over and over as if I'm not even there, not moving an inch. And neither could I; I was riveted, my mouth hanging open, watching what seemed like all the joy in the world pouring through that tiny body and exploding from that fiery throat in pure exuberance, a foot or two from my face.

The description above is hopelessly inadequate to the experience. The only way I could begin to express what that was like is in myth: Imagine the sun spent the day crossing the Earth, looking down on all its life, and was so amazed that by the time it was setting in the west it began to cry tears of joy. Those flaming tears briefly formed a pool of liquid fire upon the earth, but only one tiny bird was brave enough to drink from the pool before it evaporated forever. From that day forward the liquid fire has been lodged in its throat, and when it sings, as the fire tries to rise up and return to the heavens it came from, the joy of the sun at a world full of life is once more known to all who look and listen.

Short answer: Myth has enriched my life, giving me ways to think about my beloved world I could not otherwise have imagined.
The first song sets the wheel in motion / The second is a song of love / The third song tells of Her devotion / The fourth cries joy from the sky above
The fifth song binds our fate to silence / and bids us live each moment well / The sixth unleashes rage and violence / The seventh song has truth to tell
The last song echoes through the ages / to ask its question all night long / And close the circle on these pages / These, the metamythos songs

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Re: Best Experiences as a Pagan/Witch
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2018, 11:34:25 am »
I am wondering what is the best experiences you have had since you started your pagan/witchcraft journey and how this has enriched your life. :)

I am much more social than I used to be. I talk to pagan friends and acquaintances on Tumblr and Discord and other places, and that's been really great for me.

I've also found myths to be a great tool for not only learning about the gods, but as another lens to look at my life through. I look at a lot of things at least slightly differently now.

I also find that my connections and associations with my gods have really enriched the way I look at the natural world. Hawks always warm my heart when I see them flying, not just because they're beautiful, but because they remind me of Heru-wer. Rivers remind me of Osiris. And so on and so forth.

But I think the moments I treasure most are the quiet moments I share with my gods, and the general feeling I've come to embrace from them- which, if I had to describe it in a sentence or less, would be "Welcome home" :)

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