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Author Topic: New to being pagan but I'm restricted at home  (Read 1171 times)

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New to being pagan but I'm restricted at home
« on: June 11, 2016, 04:22:45 pm »
I was wondering if anyone has any tips for a relatively new pagan who has not yet settled on a path purely because she can't act upon certain things at home. Is there anything I can do that doesn't involve anything too practical? I have so far been able to ground and had a rare chance to call upon a goddess that I feel a strong connection to. I'd be glad of any tips but things to note are that I usually can't get ahold of any books and am unable to do anything very practical. Any advice would be greatly appreciated,
Many thanks Isabel.

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Re: New to being pagan but I'm restricted at home
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2016, 04:33:11 pm »
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I was wondering if anyone has any tips for a relatively new pagan who has not yet settled on a path purely because she can't act upon certain things at home. Is there anything I can do that doesn't involve anything too practical? I have so far been able to ground and had a rare chance to call upon a goddess that I feel a strong connection to. I'd be glad of any tips but things to note are that I usually can't get ahold of any books and am unable to do anything very practical. Any advice would be greatly appreciated,
Many thanks Isabel.
Do you have any time or space to yourself, such as a room of your own? It's not too difficult to hide things in plain sight, or make "stealth" altars/shrines with innocuous objects. On the other hand, if you have no privacy at all, it would be much more challenging.
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Re: New to being pagan but I'm restricted at home
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2016, 05:34:53 pm »
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I was wondering if anyone has any tips for a relatively new pagan who has not yet settled on a path purely because she can't act upon certain things at home. Is there anything I can do that doesn't involve anything too practical? I have so far been able to ground and had a rare chance to call upon a goddess that I feel a strong connection to. I'd be glad of any tips but things to note are that I usually can't get ahold of any books and am unable to do anything very practical. Any advice would be greatly appreciated,
Many thanks Isabel.

 
It will become easier, when you reach the age of 18, from a juridical point of view. Do your parents disagree of you having bicycle trips to any Celtic or Roman Iron Age monuments in your vicinity?

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Re: New to being pagan but I'm restricted at home
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2016, 09:09:55 pm »
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I was wondering if anyone has any tips for a relatively new pagan who has not yet settled on a path purely because she can't act upon certain things at home. Is there anything I can do that doesn't involve anything too practical? I have so far been able to ground and had a rare chance to call upon a goddess that I feel a strong connection to. I'd be glad of any tips but things to note are that I usually can't get ahold of any books and am unable to do anything very practical. Any advice would be greatly appreciated,
Many thanks Isabel.

 
Here are my thoughts:

Can you check out books on various mythologies from the library? Not pagan books, just books on, say, Greek mythology?

Patheos Pagan has a lot of really good blogs from varying perspectives.

Podcasts! Podcasts are FREE, do not need to be downloaded, and if you have a smartphone podcast app are extremely accessible. Even if you just have a laptop, Googling "pagan podcast" should turn up lots of interesting material. I listen to OBOD's (Druidry group) podcast, which had a ton of great music and interesting interviews that are not entirely Druidic in nature, lots of general stuff.

On the practical side, can you have a candle, even a fake one? Try lighting the candle at night before you go to bed as an act of devotion and/or meditation.

Housework! A lot of pagans view the whole earth, including their house, as sacred space, so caring for your space--making it clean, pleasant, and beautiful, can be an act of devotion. A space need not be packed with religious statues and thick with incense smoke to be sacred.

Go for a walk and connect with nature. A lot of pagans believe that nature is sacred or even divine. Getting to know your local plants and animals can be a deeply spiritual practice.

And just be patient. The divine will show up when it's meant to.


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Re: New to being pagan but I'm restricted at home
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2016, 09:35:17 pm »
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I was wondering if anyone has any tips for a relatively new pagan who has not yet settled on a path purely because she can't act upon certain things at home. Is there anything I can do that doesn't involve anything too practical? I have so far been able to ground and had a rare chance to call upon a goddess that I feel a strong connection to. I'd be glad of any tips but things to note are that I usually can't get ahold of any books and am unable to do anything very practical. Any advice would be greatly appreciated,
Many thanks Isabel.

 
I also just wanted to add, welcome!

And I get being unable to express what you believe around your family. My family is very, very Christian and if I told them, they'd be convinced I was going to hell, which would just break their hearts, so I don't say anything because it's not worth doing that to them if I can help it.


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Re: New to being pagan but I'm restricted at home
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2016, 08:19:26 pm »
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I was wondering if anyone has any tips for a relatively new pagan who has not yet settled on a path purely because she can't act upon certain things at home. Is there anything I can do that doesn't involve anything too practical? I have so far been able to ground and had a rare chance to call upon a goddess that I feel a strong connection to. I'd be glad of any tips but things to note are that I usually can't get ahold of any books and am unable to do anything very practical. Any advice would be greatly appreciated


Hi Isabel,

+1 to Sorcha's post, and to add a few things from my own practice:

Meditation is a great basic skill to learn, as it comes in handy for a bunch of other things like managing your breath, clearing your mind, focusing intensely, connecting to the Divine. There are a bunch of different ways to meditate, so you should be able to find something that suits. In the same skill set is visualisation. It might be a good idea to dedicate time to practice these each day until they become habit, and easy to do whenever you need.

Gonna recommend Jenett's website http://gleewood.org/seeking/ for beginner's info on these sorts of things, but you'll be able to find plenty of info online too.

Journalling your pagan experiences, thoughts and newfound knowledge is a very useful thing to do. If you're worried about people finding a paper journal, try a password protected blog etc (I use tumblr.com or dreamwidth.org).

Creativity is a good way to offer energy to spirits or gods that you wish to honour. Writing stories & poems, drawing pictures, making objects, building altars, growing plants... all these can be offerings. (I'm nuts about herbs, so I grow a bunch but even a little pot on a window sill can provide the opportunity to teach us. I make incense with 'em, cook seasonal meals and ritual items, brew magical teas etc.)

Speaking of magic, if you're interested, cords and knot spells are simple and subtle, as are creating sigils. If you're keen on divination, try scrying in water or flame, or using playing cards, dominoes, dice etc. Keep a dream journal, and interpret the things you see, or try to influence them.

Learn or create prayers to say regularly, like before sleep etc.

Hopefully some of this may be relevant and helpful. ;)

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Re: New to being pagan but I'm restricted at home
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2016, 11:55:07 am »
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Creativity is a good way to offer energy to spirits or gods that you wish to honour. Writing stories & poems, drawing pictures, making objects, building altars, growing plants... all these can be offerings. (I'm nuts about herbs, so I grow a bunch but even a little pot on a window sill can provide the opportunity to teach us. I make incense with 'em, cook seasonal meals and ritual items, brew magical teas etc.)

 
Thanks for this ☺ it's been really helpful along with a few other things you've said. It's given me some nice ideas to start with thankyou for the advice ☺

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Re: New to being pagan but I'm restricted at home
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2016, 03:41:45 pm »
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Thanks for this ☺ it's been really helpful along with a few other things you've said. It's given me some nice ideas to start with thankyou for the advice ☺

 
It is also possible to wear symbols or imagery that are part of your Path that no one else will even look at because it's not obvious.

For example, when I was a teen growing up in a Mormon home I wore a certain brand of jeans because the logo in the belt loop area used a pentagram. Out of sight and out of mind and since it was a clothing logo my folks never even noticed.

Good luck and hope this helps.
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