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Paganism For Beginners / Hellenic: Getting Started
« Last post by Karseid on Today at 07:22:19 am »
Hi!

As stated in my introductionary post, I am not yet calling myself a Hellene, as I am yet unsure whether my desire to embrace this faith comes from a honest place or from less worthy motivations, such as my aversion against the faith I was raised with or my love for history and the ancient Hellenes. As one who was born in a place that used to be part of the Roman Empire, my physical connection to ancient Greece is also indirect as best. Still, I figure what matters more is a spiritual connection, which I feel but have yet to confirm.

I have already done quite a bit of research, but of course more and better resources are always welcome, especially those more experienced Hellenes value - most of my study so far was intellectual and historical, not spiritual in nature. Changing that is a big part of why I am here. My plan so far is to set up a small shrine in my home, offer prayer and sacrifice, and see what, if anything, comes of it.

The one I feel most affinity to, so far, is Athene. I would most appreciate any advice on a good way to honor her for one who is sincere, yet still uncertain. Of course, I plan to address others too, at least the twelve for now, but I figured Athene is the right place to start for me.
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Humor and Quizzes / Re: "I'm an Asparagus!" - making a vegetable zodiac
« Last post by SunflowerP on Yesterday at 06:58:18 pm »
I think cabbage deserves a spot somewhere - maybe one of the winter months?

Much the same can be said of turnips (I'm thinking of yellow ones, rutabagas, but the purple-topped white ones could also be a thing), and of potatoes. Potatoes especially seem like something not to omit here.

Carrots don't store quite as well as potatoes or turnips, but they do store well; perhaps a slot early in the winter months?

Sunflower
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Introductions / Re: Hello!
« Last post by SunflowerP on Yesterday at 06:45:43 pm »
Hi everyone!
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I hope that this journey will be a fruitful one, regardless of its outcome, and that I may perhaps contribute a thing or two to this community, even if it's no more than mere curiousity.

Hi, Karseid, welcome to TC!

Sunflower
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Humor and Quizzes / Re: "I'm an Asparagus!" - making a vegetable zodiac
« Last post by Sefiru on Yesterday at 05:49:31 pm »
I think I would be a green bean. Lol! I was born in June.

So far:

January: parsnip
February: ?
March: ?
April: ?
May: asparagus
June: green bean
July: tomato
August: zucchini
September: ?
October: pumpkin
November: ?
December: ?

I think cabbage deserves a spot somewhere - maybe one of the winter months? *starts leafing through seed catalogue for ideas*
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Social Discussion Forums / Re: Recently Blogged
« Last post by Kylara on Yesterday at 02:31:23 pm »
I've been through the "Why am I writing..." phase (repeatedly lol), but I keep coming back to the idea that somewhere out there, someone has been helped by my words.  They have made someone feel less alone and more validated.  I think we all have a unique voice, so no one else out there can write your words.  And so many people think "I am the only one that..." when there are always other people who feel/think the same way.  That is why I continue to write.  Because my voice gives other people the opportunity to find their own voices.

This week I write about the Role of Fatherhood something which I think is transforming, but often brushed over as motherhood is given much more weight and attention.

A thought that came to my mind a bit ago, about the difference in the way we approach the moon and sun, and how we can work at better appreciating the sun
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Introductions / Re: Hello!
« Last post by Altair on Yesterday at 08:04:07 am »
Hi everyone!

I go by Karseid, and I live in Swabia in southwestern Germany. I stumbled over this board while searching for resources. Here's a bit of my history and why I came here.

I was raised Catholic by a fundamentalist mother, who I broke contact with in my mid-teens. From the moment I was old enough to ask questions, I felt a growing aversion towards what I was taught as Christian. This, of course, left me heavily biased, which I feel important to point out to contextualise my thoughts. I sometimes still struggle to not be hostile towards Christianity.

I'm in my mid-20s now and have been unreligious for over a decade now, not intending to follow any other religion for the rest of my life. This changed only recently.

I have always been a lover of history. I found that knowledge of the past helps understand the present and shape a better future. It is this way that I have come into contact with various pre-Christian faiths, how they shaped the ancient world and what changed with their systematic eradication.

Recently, over the last 2 years or so, I have found that my interest especially in ancient Greek culture, religion and philosophy (the three of which can hardly even be seperated in my view) from a pure intellectual to a personal one. I have found that much of it speaks to views and values I have independently developed over the years, and probably unconsciously inherited from ancient Greece itself in its undeniable influence over the Roman Empire and the Renaissance, both of which are key influences over the social, political and moral framework I grew up in.

So, what I am here for now is to explore where to go from there. One thing I want to do is learn more and perhaps to speak to more experienced Hellenes to find out if my views and values are indeed as heavily influenced from the spiritual heritage of ancient Greece as I suspect they are. Another is that I want to clear out any distortions from the likes of Hollywood, which despite my best efforts to avoid and study authentic sources have no doubt crept into my visualisation of what Hellenism was and is. And finally, I want to find out if I truly want to honor the Godesses and Gods, the heroes and the great thinkers of the ancient Greek world, and for the right reasons. If I'm going to do this, I want to do it not as a continuation of my rebellion against Christianity, nor just out of a misguided sense of admiration of the likes of hellenophile Renaissance men, but out of true conviction.

I hope that this journey will be a fruitful one, regardless of its outcome, and that I may perhaps contribute a thing or two to this community, even if it's no more than mere curiousity.

I love your careful thought and earnestness. I'm not a Hellenic myself, but there's plenty of great people to learn from here. Welcome, Karseid!
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Introductions / Hello!
« Last post by Karseid on Yesterday at 07:24:11 am »
Hi everyone!

I go by Karseid, and I live in Swabia in southwestern Germany. I stumbled over this board while searching for resources. Here's a bit of my history and why I came here.

I was raised Catholic by a fundamentalist mother, who I broke contact with in my mid-teens. From the moment I was old enough to ask questions, I felt a growing aversion towards what I was taught as Christian. This, of course, left me heavily biased, which I feel important to point out to contextualise my thoughts. I sometimes still struggle to not be hostile towards Christianity.

I'm in my mid-20s now and have been unreligious for over a decade now, not intending to follow any other religion for the rest of my life. This changed only recently.

I have always been a lover of history. I found that knowledge of the past helps understand the present and shape a better future. It is this way that I have come into contact with various pre-Christian faiths, how they shaped the ancient world and what changed with their systematic eradication.

Recently, over the last 2 years or so, I have found that my interest especially in ancient Greek culture, religion and philosophy (the three of which can hardly even be seperated in my view) from a pure intellectual to a personal one. I have found that much of it speaks to views and values I have independently developed over the years, and probably unconsciously inherited from ancient Greece itself in its undeniable influence over the Roman Empire and the Renaissance, both of which are key influences over the social, political and moral framework I grew up in.

So, what I am here for now is to explore where to go from there. One thing I want to do is learn more and perhaps to speak to more experienced Hellenes to find out if my views and values are indeed as heavily influenced from the spiritual heritage of ancient Greece as I suspect they are. Another is that I want to clear out any distortions from the likes of Hollywood, which despite my best efforts to avoid and study authentic sources have no doubt crept into my visualisation of what Hellenism was and is. And finally, I want to find out if I truly want to honor the Godesses and Gods, the heroes and the great thinkers of the ancient Greek world, and for the right reasons. If I'm going to do this, I want to do it not as a continuation of my rebellion against Christianity, nor just out of a misguided sense of admiration of the likes of hellenophile Renaissance men, but out of true conviction.

I hope that this journey will be a fruitful one, regardless of its outcome, and that I may perhaps contribute a thing or two to this community, even if it's no more than mere curiousity.
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Introductions / Re: Here I Come!
« Last post by anubisa on Yesterday at 12:02:28 am »
Hi all!

My name is Ethné Ean and I am a Kansas-based Pagan with a mostly Hellenic influence, though I am still learning and exploring my path. I also host a weekly podcast titled Pagan Preaching for those interested!

I came to Paganism through Wicca as a teenager, and I suppose Neopagans, in general, have a tendency to take that route to their path. I called myself a "squishy Wiccan" for several years because I always felt called to magic and craft outside of any Gardnerian or Feri influence and I felt a strong pull to different deities. At the time, I thought that was a pull to different faces of the God and Goddess, but now I have found that I'm really a hard polytheist.

I have found that I ended up taking several Wiccan influences into my own brand of Paganism. Mostly, I still believe in the God and Goddess, but I think of them as truly omnipotent, equal and opposite pillars of the universe from which all is made. I take the regional pantheons as powerful local spirits that are meant to help humanity on a more localized a personal level. Does that make sense? In this way, I have found that every group is right because they all have their own spirits or Gods or whatever to guide them. By taking this approach, I have found that I doubt very little and I am able to keep my mind open without too much internal contradiction.  It does seem like things got jumbled up a couple thousand years ago but I see a gradual return to balance on the horizon.

Personally, I work closely with Hades and Hekate, and more casually with Hestia. However, I am feeling pulls toward Taranucos and Brigid as of late.

I would really love any tips or knowledge any reader has to offer!

Welcome to the forum!
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Humor and Quizzes / Re: "I'm an Asparagus!" - making a vegetable zodiac
« Last post by anubisa on Yesterday at 12:00:23 am »
I recently saw the above line, (in a post making fun of people who blame their bad habits on their astrological sign) and it got me thinking: what would a vegetable zodiac look like? There already is an animal version - the Chinese zodiac - and the "Celtic tree calendar."

Asparagus would be May, I think. And pumpkins for October, maybe? What would you put in the other spots?

I think I would be a green bean. Lol! I was born in June.
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Pagan Spirituality / Re: Symbols, Sigils, Runes—oh my!
« Last post by MadZealot on June 22, 2021, 08:05:23 pm »
Is there a specific method you use to make sigils out of them? For example, I've seen a method of sigil creation that involves converting letters to numbers, arranging them on a grid or wheel, and then connecting them with lines to form the sigil's pattern. Or is your method of sigilmaking more intuitive?

I've only ever looked at Frater U.D.'s Practical Sigil Magic. The approach is pretty straightforward while also allowing you to be intuitive and artistic in the creation. It worked pretty well for me.
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