Hail and well met!

I’m very bad at this. I haven’t used a forum since I was eleven or twelve. Here goes.

I’m Ian. I’m a twenty-something university student pursuing a doctorate in history. I’ve been interested in paganism and the occult more broadly since I was a wee lad. I only recently started to seriously explore that interest. I was raised Methodist, but I never really felt spiritually at home in the church, although I still think of it fondly. I flirted with various religions ranging from Eastern Orthodoxy and Catholicism to Judaism before I finally “returned” to paganism. I feel quite at home here.

I’m of predominantly Irish and Scottish ancestry with some Cornish and Welsh scattered about, and I grew up very immersed in that Celtic “world” so to speak– went to local Gaelic game events with my parents, did Irish stepdance for all of about two weeks, etc. My username actually comes from a Scottish legend that I was deeply obsessed with as a child, The Ballad of Tam Lin. I’ve always loved the folklore of Britain and Ireland dearly and this informs much of my beliefs. Right now, I would describe myself as a traditional witch (warlock? wizard? Witch is unisex, isn’t it?) with a reverence for the fairies. I have a particular attachment to the Queen of Elphame in all of Her many guises. I’m very new to actually practicing paganism and I thought it would be good for me to meet like-minded individuals, especially those who have been on this path much longer than I have.

Outside of magick, I am an avid player of roleplaying games, both tabletop and video. I write here and there as well. I hope this isn’t too terribly long of an introduction. I look forward to meeting you all.

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