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Nameless paths
« on: June 11, 2019, 04:51:10 pm »
Anyone else follow a nameless spiritual or religious path? I presume not all ancient pagans even had a name for their religion or thought of it as distinct from the rest of their culture?

Since I'm the only one on my path I haven't really needed to name it and haven't ever thought of one, so I just named the rites themselves in my religious descriptions.

If you did create a distinct path for yourself and named it, what did you name it, and how did you come up with the name?

Any other thoughts?
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Love wisely, and do what thou wilt.

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Re: Nameless paths
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2019, 05:03:21 pm »
Anyone else follow a nameless spiritual or religious path? I presume not all ancient pagans even had a name for their religion or thought of it as distinct from the rest of their culture?

Since I'm the only one on my path I haven't really needed to name it and haven't ever thought of one, so I just named the rites themselves in my religious descriptions.

If you did create a distinct path for yourself and named it, what did you name it, and how did you come up with the name?

Any other thoughts?

Well, yes and no.

I'm still learning and researching, but so far the closest fit has been Druidry - but I feel like there's enough of what might be thought of as 'consensus Druidry' which doesn't really resonate with me that I can't necessarily really claim the label of druid.

So I started referring to myself as Druid-ish.   ;D

Somewhat tongue in cheek, but at the same time I feel it helps make a semi-important distinction between my path and that of 'most' other Druids I've read about.  (If there is such a thing as 'consensus Druidry', and what 'most' Druids are following.)
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Re: Nameless paths
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2019, 05:06:09 pm »
Anyone else follow a nameless spiritual or religious path?

Me too. I refer to my unique pantheon and its tales as the metamythos, but beyond that, there's no special name for my beliefs and practices. I just describe it all as tree-hugging paganism and leave it at that.
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: Nameless paths
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2019, 05:14:15 pm »
I just describe it all as tree-hugging paganism and leave it at that.

Ah yes - if I'm talking to peeps who I don't want to reveal the paganism part then I just stick to tree hugging hippy  :)
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Re: Nameless paths
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2019, 10:04:17 pm »
Anyone else follow a nameless spiritual or religious path? I presume not all ancient pagans even had a name for their religion or thought of it as distinct from the rest of their culture?

Since I'm the only one on my path I haven't really needed to name it and haven't ever thought of one, so I just named the rites themselves in my religious descriptions.

If you did create a distinct path for yourself and named it, what did you name it, and how did you come up with the name?

Any other thoughts?
I toured America learning from teachers of different religions, and I wrote a book about the experience. At the end, I wrote a charter for my own path, in case anyone else finds it useful. I called my path "Church of X." There are several reasons, but here is the basic idea. (You can read the full charter at godsoftheflesh.com)

X is a mathematical symbol of an unknown variable. Church of X affirms that much of physical and spiritual life is unknown and variable.

X is also a symbol of abolition, crossing out what is false. Church of X aims to abolish delusions, both private and corporate, through ethical observation, exploration, theory and practice. Church of X forbids conversion by coercion, whether physical, psychological, political, militaristic or otherwise.

X is also a symbol of intersection. Church of X discovers spiritual knowledge by analyzing situation and consequence with reason and sympathy, understanding the history of our ancestors and preparing for future generations. Church of X fosters linkages of mutual support between persons, communities and cultures; between humans, animals, plants, earth and sky; between body and spirit—acknowledging all things to be interdependent. Church of X does not encourage killing but embraces death, as death is but one link in the chain of existence.

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