collapse

* "Unable to verify referring url. Please go back and try again" Problem Logging In?

If you get an "Unable to verify referring url. Please go back and try again" error when you try to log in, you need to be sure you are accessing the board with a url that starts with "https://ecauldron.com".  If it starts with https://www.ecauldron.com" (or "http://www.ecauldron.com") you will get this error because "www.ecauldron.com" is not technically the same website as "ecauldron.com". Moving to the more secure "https" means it is more picky about such things.

Author Topic: Starting Out  (Read 1214 times)

Serpent

  • Apprentice
  • ***
  • Join Date: Dec 2011
  • Posts: 20
  • Total likes: 0
    • View Profile
Starting Out
« on: June 18, 2012, 08:05:04 pm »
I feel an urge to learn more about paganism and to find out if its right for me. I've always been drawn to a more natural, spiritual, way of life. I've been interested in paganism since highschool. I have a few pagan friends but none that I talk to on a regular basis (pretty much just Facebook hellos here and there). My husband is still converting to Judaism and he has assured me that my interest in paganism doesn't bother him in the slightest. I was a bit hesitant to voice much of an interest as from what I've heard, Judaism as a religion is very anti-paganism.

I really want to learn more and start getting a feel for where I want to go with this. There are so many pagan paths, it is hard to find the one that fits me. What would be a good first step?

I currently do not have a relationship with any particular diety, though I do lean towards both a god and goddess figure. What is a good way to begin having that relationship? I've thought about meditation, but I've never really done that before. I've tried, but my mind is easily distracted.

I plan on doing a lot of reading and hopefully participating in many discussions here as I grow into this path.

Shine

  • Sr. Master Member
  • *******
  • Join Date: Nov 2011
  • Posts: 912
  • Total likes: 0
    • View Profile
    • http://houseofthelion.wordpress.com/
Re: Starting Out
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2012, 09:15:11 pm »
Quote from: Serpent;60699

I really want to learn more and start getting a feel for where I want to go with this. There are so many pagan paths, it is hard to find the one that fits me. What would be a good first step?

I currently do not have a relationship with any particular diety, though I do lean towards both a god and goddess figure. What is a good way to begin having that relationship? I've thought about meditation, but I've never really done that before. I've tried, but my mind is easily distracted.

I plan on doing a lot of reading and hopefully participating in many discussions here as I grow into this path.

 
I'm pretty green as well (only been on my path for about a year/year and a half now), but I'll tell you what's helped me.

Read voraciously, as you plan on doing. And take it slow. The gods have been around a LONG time. They aren't going anywhere. ;) No need to rush into anything.

You won't necessarily have a relationship with a deity, nor do you have to have one. If by "god and goddess figure", you mean THE Goddess and THE God, without a specific name or form, then some form of Wicca might be good to look into. I'm a reconstructionist, so I can't help you there.

If you mean a specific god or goddess, then your direction will vary, but it would be good in both cases to start reading about different mythologies to see if any names or stories resonate with you.

Don't be discouraged, either, if it takes a long time.

Once you find a deity you're interested in (or you think takes an interest in you), you can set up some daily devotions to that deity to see if you get a reaction good, bad, or indifferent. If you get a reaction along the lines of "GO AWAY", which is possible, I suggest not pushing the issue. If you get a good reaction, then you might look into culturally-specific ways to honor that deity.

For example, when Bast led me to worship her, I started off by reading the Book of the Dead with her. Sounds odd, but it worked. Later, I set up a real shrine, started doing libations and food offerings. I've moved onto nightly devotions (and worship another god, too--Anpu [Gr: Anubis]) and other things.

Worship builds on itself, from what I've seen so far. You start small and, if things work out, you add some stuff. It's taken me a year and a half to get this far. I imagine others have a different time frame, though. :)

I've never been good at meditation, either. I don't think it's entirely necessary for any pagan path. Can't hurt to try to pick it up if that's what you want.
« Last Edit: June 18, 2012, 09:17:16 pm by Shine »
Leave your darkness with me, and I will make you shine.

PlaceboArtist

  • Sr. Apprentice
  • ****
  • Join Date: Apr 2012
  • Posts: 94
  • Total likes: 1
    • View Profile
Re: Starting Out
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2012, 01:40:15 am »
Quote from: Serpent;60699
I feel an urge to learn more about paganism and to find out if its right for me. I've always been drawn to a more natural, spiritual, way of life. I've been interested in paganism since highschool. I have a few pagan friends but none that I talk to on a regular basis (pretty much just Facebook hellos here and there). My husband is still converting to Judaism and he has assured me that my interest in paganism doesn't bother him in the slightest. I was a bit hesitant to voice much of an interest as from what I've heard, Judaism as a religion is very anti-paganism.

I really want to learn more and start getting a feel for where I want to go with this. There are so many pagan paths, it is hard to find the one that fits me. What would be a good first step?

I currently do not have a relationship with any particular diety, though I do lean towards both a god and goddess figure. What is a good way to begin having that relationship? I've thought about meditation, but I've never really done that before. I've tried, but my mind is easily distracted.

I plan on doing a lot of reading and hopefully participating in many discussions here as I grow into this path.


Welcome! *gives cookie*

AFAIK, Judaism is less anti-Pagan than many denominations of Christianity. I think that comes from the fact that Christians have a specific teaching to convert and 'save' other people, whereas Jews believe that the Covenant they have with God is for them as a people, and while converts are accepted they have to approach and ask for themselves.

A good first step is always to read. Loads. Once you're ready to start actually practising, start simple and work up to full rituals, if that's what you want.

I'm very easily distracted as well, and I find that meditation is easier if I find one thing to focus on (e.g. breathing) rather than attempting to empty my mind completely, as that just allows loads of other things to rush in and fill it up again. But as well as meditation, if you want to find patron deities, pay attention to dreams, and any signs you see. You will probably only get small clues and have to piece them together.

veggiewolf

  • Adept Member
  • ********
  • Join Date: Jul 2011
  • Posts: 3105
  • Total likes: 1
    • View Profile
Re: Starting Out
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2012, 09:50:08 am »
Quote from: Shine;60717
...For example, when Bast led me to worship her, I started off by reading the Book of the Dead with her. Sounds odd, but it worked...


Just out of curiosity, which version?
Fluid Morality - my spiritual blog
Eating Monsters - my mental health blog

"Religion does not define a deity- it defines the human approach and interpretation of deity." - Juni
"I hate magical thinking in my magic." - Darkhawk
"...a baseball club; a soccer unkindness; a hockey murder; a football team..." - Cecil, Welcome to Night Vale

MoonCrone

  • Sr. Apprentice
  • ****
  • Join Date: Jun 2012
  • Posts: 93
  • Total likes: 0
    • View Profile
Re: Starting Out
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2012, 11:29:14 am »
Quote from: Serpent;60699
I feel an urge to learn more about paganism and to find out if its right for me. I've always been drawn to a more natural, spiritual, way of life. I've been interested in paganism since highschool. I have a few pagan friends but none that I talk to on a regular basis (pretty much just Facebook hellos here and there). My husband is still converting to Judaism and he has assured me that my interest in paganism doesn't bother him in the slightest. I was a bit hesitant to voice much of an interest as from what I've heard, Judaism as a religion is very anti-paganism.

I really want to learn more and start getting a feel for where I want to go with this. There are so many pagan paths, it is hard to find the one that fits me. What would be a good first step?

I currently do not have a relationship with any particular diety, though I do lean towards both a god and goddess figure. What is a good way to begin having that relationship? I've thought about meditation, but I've never really done that before. I've tried, but my mind is easily distracted.

I plan on doing a lot of reading and hopefully participating in many discussions here as I grow into this path.


Hello, and welcome to the Cauldron.
I think you have found a good place to learn.
I am a Pagan who married into a Jewish family, and I've had no problems, in fact, quite the opposite, they have been very accepting and supportive.
I hope you find what you are looking for.

MoonCrone
It\'s all about the Ebb and Flow...

Shine

  • Sr. Master Member
  • *******
  • Join Date: Nov 2011
  • Posts: 912
  • Total likes: 0
    • View Profile
    • http://houseofthelion.wordpress.com/
Re: Starting Out
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2012, 04:22:50 pm »
Quote from: veggiewolf;60808
Just out of curiosity, which version?

 
Faulkner's.
Leave your darkness with me, and I will make you shine.

veggiewolf

  • Adept Member
  • ********
  • Join Date: Jul 2011
  • Posts: 3105
  • Total likes: 1
    • View Profile
Re: Starting Out
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2012, 08:48:19 am »
Quote from: Shine;60837
Faulkner's.


The translated texts I have are mostly Faulkner as well.

What made you decide to choose Going Forth By Day as opposed to another set of writings?
Fluid Morality - my spiritual blog
Eating Monsters - my mental health blog

"Religion does not define a deity- it defines the human approach and interpretation of deity." - Juni
"I hate magical thinking in my magic." - Darkhawk
"...a baseball club; a soccer unkindness; a hockey murder; a football team..." - Cecil, Welcome to Night Vale

Shine

  • Sr. Master Member
  • *******
  • Join Date: Nov 2011
  • Posts: 912
  • Total likes: 0
    • View Profile
    • http://houseofthelion.wordpress.com/
Re: Starting Out
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2012, 03:47:53 pm »
Quote from: veggiewolf;60953
The translated texts I have are mostly Faulkner as well.

What made you decide to choose Going Forth By Day as opposed to another set of writings?

 
Faulkner's definitely one of my favorites.

I didn't have anything else available and didn't know what was available. Being drawn to Kemeticism was a huge surprise for me, so I was caught off-guard.
Leave your darkness with me, and I will make you shine.

veggiewolf

  • Adept Member
  • ********
  • Join Date: Jul 2011
  • Posts: 3105
  • Total likes: 1
    • View Profile
Re: Starting Out
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2012, 09:28:30 am »
Quote from: Shine;61009
Faulkner's definitely one of my favorites.

I didn't have anything else available and didn't know what was available. Being drawn to Kemeticism was a huge surprise for me, so I was caught off-guard.


I'm always interested in why people do what they do.  Thanks!
Fluid Morality - my spiritual blog
Eating Monsters - my mental health blog

"Religion does not define a deity- it defines the human approach and interpretation of deity." - Juni
"I hate magical thinking in my magic." - Darkhawk
"...a baseball club; a soccer unkindness; a hockey murder; a football team..." - Cecil, Welcome to Night Vale

Tags:
 

Related Topics

  Subject / Started by Replies Last post
27 Replies
1548 Views
Last post January 23, 2013, 01:41:32 pm
by Juniperberry
4 Replies
803 Views
Last post April 24, 2013, 09:47:45 pm
by rkrue633
2 Replies
1344 Views
Last post October 12, 2013, 08:21:12 am
by Liadine (dragonflyeyes)
4 Replies
1113 Views
Last post November 03, 2013, 03:27:18 pm
by Qumran Taj
0 Replies
866 Views
Last post May 12, 2015, 12:27:29 pm
by Ghost235

Beginner Area

Warning: You are currently in a Beginner Friendly area of the message board.

* Who's Online

  • Dot Guests: 54
  • Dot Hidden: 0
  • Dot Users: 1
  • Dot Users Online:

* Please Donate!

The Cauldron's server is expensive and requires monthly payments. Please become a Bronze, Silver or Gold Donor if you can. Donations are needed every month. Without member support, we can't afford the server.

* Shop & Support TC

The links below are affiliate links. When you click on one of these links you will go to the listed shopping site with The Cauldron's affiliate code. Any purchases you make during your visit will earn TC a tiny percentage of your purchase price at no extra cost to you.

* In Memoriam

Chavi (2006)
Elspeth (2010)
Marilyn (2013)

* Cauldron Staff

Host:
Sunflower

Message Board Staff
Board Coordinator:
Darkhawk

Assistant Board Coordinator:
Aster Breo

Senior Staff:
Aisling, Jenett, Sefiru

Staff:
Allaya, Chatelaine, EclecticWheel, HarpingHawke, Kylara, PerditaPickle, rocquelaire

Discord Chat Staff
Chat Coordinator:
Morag

Cauldron Council:
Bob, Catja, Emma-Eldritch, Fausta, Jubes, Kelly, LyricFox, Phouka, Sperran, Star, Steve, Tana

Site Administrator:
Randall