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 on: July 22, 2016, 05:44:09 PM 
Started by Draconis Rex - Last post by Draconis Rex
This topic has been moved to Talking Stick.

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 on: July 22, 2016, 04:56:23 PM 
Started by oldghost - Last post by Ashe Isadora
Okay og.  You know how I come into your discussions and disagree, and proceed to irritate you?  Far be it from me to break a winning streak.  My understanding is a totem belongs to a tribe or a clan, not an individual.  Kind of like sports teams and schools often have a "totem" such as the UCLA Bruins or the Philadelphia Eagles.

I'm open to discussion here...

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 on: July 22, 2016, 08:36:27 AM 
Started by oldghost - Last post by oldghost
Draco Fruit hi Discuss , standard Scottish brown dragon .

Dragon have long been emissaries of the God/lesses . Their moods can change just like the weather . They above all things honor truth and loyalty.They are very territorial creatures . While mainly solitary then watch over others but from afar .

What they impart to humans is a steadiness in their dealing with others. The lend strength but only as a last resort. Wisdom and understanding is part of their gift but they can get frustrated when trying to help others who will not listen or who won't try as hard to do things as they would . They value treasurer but not as jewels or gold . Knowledge is what they call wealth . Their life can be lonely and hard but they always seem to appear happy even when they are not . Friendship come hard to them but the ones they have they are very loyal to .

Aah ,must stop have to go will finish later,..

Now back to were I was (after seven hours on the road to talk with a doctorfor a whole six minutes )

Corvid , the crow traits of crows are their very cunning natural . Their are the brings of day Magics .

They impart potential on humans , alone with alertness and spiritual growth and power . Unfortunately few humans see them as nothing more than scavenger and garbage birds .In that they are wrong , Crows show people how to adapt to different situations and when things are in short supply how to use what have to it's full potential .

How these two interact can be somewhat of a challenge ,while a Dragon will honor the effort of others a Crow will take advantage of the situation to gain from it. Dragon find this dishonest .When they do get along the Crow will alert the Dragon to things it cannot see .The Crow will at times taunt the Dragon to take action . What the Dragon does for the Crow is look out for its safety and it will share what it has with the Crow .

Both impart co-operation with others along with knowledge they bring cunning to people . They teach that there is more to survival then just might and knowledge can lead one through door's that strength could not force.

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 on: July 22, 2016, 07:59:30 AM 
Started by Nymree - Last post by oldghost
One , you do not have to give an offering when you do you ritual one what ever diety you call upon has no need for what you give , it is more a show of common courtesy then anything else . What you leave behind is more a gift for the wildlife that live there . This shows your diety that you care for your deities other children . Walking along a trail and just saying thanks for where you are and scattering some bread crumb's is all you need do .

While it is good to be able to go into the woods and make your offering you can just as easy do it at home .Not all people have the ability or live near a place where they can. With all the demands on one's time nowadays one has to do things differently then in the good olde days.

A friend of mine because of her kids and job has only the time she is in the bath to herself so that is where she does her rituals . Simple things you can do can have as much meaning as a full ritual . It all comes down to what intent you put into it .

It all comes down to showing how much you care.

P.s. you don't have to post in the newbie section . This should have gone in talking stick but no big deal . Asking shows you want to learn.👌

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 on: July 22, 2016, 03:52:25 AM 
Started by Nymree - Last post by Nymree
Hi all, I hope you're having a good day?

So this is something that has been on my mind a lot recently. Although I have a good idea why one might make offerings, I've been finding lately that doing regular formal(ish) offerings has been making what should be a sacred act feel like a chore. I try to make an offering to the God and the Goddess every week, and an offering to the spirits at the change of the month, but I feel as if this has become something empty of meaning because I've made it something I have to do, not something i genuinely want to. That's not to say I'm not grateful to my gods, or want to show my gratitude, but this way of going about it seems to have removed something sacred since it requires preparation and seems to create tension for me. At the same time, I don't want to seem disrespectful by just dropping an offering off in the woods without ritual, because I'm really unsure about what is and isn't respectful (I use this word lightly, though, because I know how vague it is and how what is good for one being may not be for another).

With this is mind, I have begun to wonder why we even make offerings in the first place, and from a pantheistic perspective, why everything that is selfless and good that we do in the world cannot be considered an offering to the One divine?

I hope to cause no offence, and ask these questions in honesty and earnest, so I hope I don't come across as rude or disrespectful. Any and all replies will be greatly appreciated!

Blessed Be :)

Update: It should be noted that by "dropping an offering off in the woods" I mean making an more informal offering in a public area - as tourists and even locals sometimes come to visit the nearby woodlands, I would be unable to stop for long or make larger offerings unless I found a secluded or quieter area to do so. While not much would change, in theory, there would be the need to consider other people using the area. Additionally, although I have a more informal relationship with deity (or have been encourage to, according to perceived messages through self-performed tarot readings) I'm unsure about informal worship and offerings as I am fairly new to my path.

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 on: July 21, 2016, 05:34:43 AM 
Started by Nymree - Last post by Nymree
Actually, I had a discussion the other day about celebration days to mark Initiation/official "beginning of path" anniversary days. Although most people don't have a clear cut day personally, I always thought it was a lovely idea, and some suggest doing a dedication ritual on that day even if only to remind you of your roots on this path. It's a nice concept, I think.

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 on: July 21, 2016, 02:39:43 AM 
Started by oldghost - Last post by Draconis Rex
Okay OG, I'll start the ball rolling with Dragon and Crow. I have had an affinity with Dragon for many years now, Crow for only a few.

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 on: July 21, 2016, 01:00:17 AM 
Started by Nymree - Last post by oldghost
Thank you for reminding us. Sometimes people forget what started them on their path's. When there are so many new thing's being learned all the time and how long one has been doing it one can sometimes lose track of how it all began . Maybe we should have an anniversary day each year . Be another reason to rejoice?..

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 on: July 21, 2016, 12:15:45 AM 
Started by Nymree - Last post by Nymree
You will find that to each person that they see and add to their beliefs that which suits their own personal emotions and what they believe things are . Some will address their beliefs we a given name while other will uses a generalized term to call their beliefs .

And I think that is one of the most beautiful parts of modern paganism  - that someone can just explore their own spirituality and beliefs as their heart or mind requires yet still belong to this community and be accepting/accepted.

Thanks to everyone for the replies made. I'm still happy for new contributions to the thread, but wanted to acknowledge and thank the already great replies here. Thanks everyone :)

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 on: July 20, 2016, 05:55:54 PM 
Started by oldghost - Last post by oldghost
Do you have aTotem animal and wish to understand what traits it has , would you like to have some general information on how it can guide you .

If you know your Totem animal just tell me which one it is an I will give you aspects of it inter-action and it's guiding influence on your path .

Yes mythical animals are Totem animals also, they just hide very well .

Don't think that your Totem animal has to be some powerful beast to best endow you with great knowledge and power . Even a mighty dragon can be felled by a little fly .

So ask , and yes your Totem animal can also be your astral guide . If you have one or many find out how they can interact with each other and yourself.

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