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 on: January 20, 2016, 05:12:08 PM 
Started by LadyOfShalott - Last post by Ashe Isadora
I very much agree with the statements above that you don't choose the god(dess), s(he) chooses you. Sometimes this comes as a bolt from the blue, sometimes you yourself have to send out an invitation or two and see if anyone answers.

If you are drawn to Hecate, do some serious research on Hecate and the civilization she came from.  Find out how she was worshiped, her myths and lore, favorite foods, colors, perfumes. People and other deities she clashes with (important!).  You may be very surprised to find Hecate is not at all as she is sometimes portrayed. Meditate, invite her to a ritual with special offerings or gifts, do something that will please her.  Then wait. See if she answers you in dreams, insights, strange coincidences, anything unusual. Be patient and continue your research and meditations.

Now, here's the funny thing .  As often as not, you'll be answered by someone other than the deity you were seeking.  Take it seriously.  Someone else was "listening in" and liked what s/he saw. Then start the process again with this unexpected deity, because you'll have a getting to know you phase ahead.

Your intuition and academic research are both important.  Blessings, and I hope you and your god/dess meet each other soon.

I should mention your partnership does not necessarily have to be for life. You will change as you grow and your personal deity(ies) may change.  That's fine, they aren't jealous.  Just keep any promises you made and continue to show respect even if you no longer work with them.

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 on: January 20, 2016, 03:38:35 PM 
Started by LadyOfShalott - Last post by LadyOfShalott
The path you follow is your own but do not expect to summon the God/dess you want , they are not to be summon . It is they who choose who they want to aide . If you want to know more about the Goddess of the Celt's then here are a few books you may want to check out . Just remember Magic is not about what you want , it's about what you need .

" Goddess Alive " and " Goddess Afoot " both by Michelle Skye , also " Sacred World Of The Celts " by Nigel Pennick .

If Heacte pull at you then you may want to stay with her , it could be what you need .

og, I have no plans or expectations of summoning anyone, but Hecate, for whatever reason right now, seems like someone I could call on. It's stupid, but I guess I just wanted to hear a few people say, "If you think you should, then do it!" So, thank you, og and Marisol! I saw a sculpture of her as the triad and I don't know. Like, I said the torches, the key, gateways, they're all very appealing right now.

I've read a lot about Celtic gods and goddesses, but much out there seems added in much later, because so much of their culture was lost. Oral tradition and any written words written mostly on wood made it easy to get lost or muddled when Christianity took over. Either way, I will happily check out the books you suggested! Always looking for new reading material. :)

LS only you know which path to follow and which God/dess is best for you. But I can tell you that after bouncing around for some time
I decided to honor Hecate and request her assistance. She has been misunderstood I think by many.

Hecate holds the keys to all gateways and can guide us through the past, present and future. She has helped me through many difficult
transitions over the years. I honor her in darkness at three crossroads by leaving an offering. She has never failed me.

If you do choose her to guide you, she will protect you have no fear. As og said if you are feeling a connection with Hecate there must
be a reason. If you accept her, she can help you understand what you need.

BB

Thank you for the insights and encouragement, Mar. Much appreciated!

(I seem to come and go. Post for a few days, don't visit for a few weeks, but every time I have a new question I come back and get great answers! So happy I found this awesome resource!)

 33 
 on: January 20, 2016, 02:05:14 PM 
Started by LadyOfShalott - Last post by marisol
LS only you know which path to follow and which God/dess is best for you. But I can tell you that after bouncing around for some time
I decided to honor Hecate and request her assistance. She has been misunderstood I think by many.

Hecate holds the keys to all gateways and can guide us through the past, present and future. She has helped me through many difficult
transitions over the years. I honor her in darkness at three crossroads by leaving an offering. She has never failed me.

If you do choose her to guide you, she will protect you have no fear. As og said if you are feeling a connection with Hecate there must
be a reason. If you accept her, she can help you understand what you need.

BB

 34 
 on: January 20, 2016, 11:03:02 AM 
Started by LadyOfShalott - Last post by oldghost
The path you follow is your own but do not expect to summon the God/dess you want , they are not to be summon . It is they who choose who they want to aide . If you want to know more about the Goddess of the Celt's then here are a few books you may want to check out . Just remember Magic is not about what you want , it's about what you need .

" Goddess Alive " and " Goddess Afoot " both by Michelle Skye , also " Sacred World Of The Celts " by Nigel Pennick .

If Heacte pull at you then you may want to stay with her , it could be what you need .

 35 
 on: January 20, 2016, 07:36:44 AM 
Started by LadyOfShalott - Last post by LadyOfShalott
I know there are many varying viewpoints on this, but I'm thinking about how the gods can be incorporated into my rituals, but I'm unsure. There's the Chaos half of me that thinks if a god/goddess speaks to me, has attributes that seem relevant to my query, etc it doesn't matter what culture they came from. Then there's my other half that doesn't really like that, it feels too...sporadic? Easy? I don't know.

If there were a culture I felt most connected to it would be the Celts, but less in known for sure about their gods and goddesses than say, the Greeks. So, in the current moment Hecate is very intriguing to me. The torches, the key, her portfolio are all super interesting, but I'm not even a little bit Greek, and feel like I'd be "doing it wrong" if I called on her...

I know there are some paths that follow only a few gods, some that follow many. I don't know. I'm figuring all this on my own, and haven't quite decided which way to go. Any thoughts, experiences, or practices would be appreciated.  :)

 36 
 on: January 17, 2016, 01:57:09 PM 
Started by bluedjango - Last post by bluedjango
Bluedjango I apparently misunderstood your question. I have to say my answer would relate more to the when I knew I was different from other people. I was very young when I felt the pull towards beliefs that were not my family"s. I was lost for many years, not knowing what to do with these feelings. I read all the books I could find at that time about witchcraft, but they just were not enough to satisfy me. When a friend gave me a book about Wicca I was amazed. From then on that is what drew me to witchcraft. That was the path that gave me entrance to what I was looking for.  Now I know who I am, although solitary I'm not alone.

So Alchymist and og have summed it up.

Blessings

Yes, I love the use of the word 'path' and I also enjoy the idea of finding a door which opens and you know you're exactly where you should be and everything inside you rings out that you are where you should be.   It's what Ramana Maharishi called 'Awareness'  (  Who Am I?  -- a great read )   

Blessed be
shydark

 37 
 on: January 17, 2016, 01:53:12 PM 
Started by bluedjango - Last post by bluedjango
I apologize if this is posted twice. Computer had a glitch!

I couldn't have said it any better. After reading this post from top to bottom. I have to agree with you both og and Alchymist. Each of you have said exactly how I feel about my path. I just never felt like I belonged with my family's beliefs and their religion. I felt like I was on the outside looking in. I was always reading something that was to do with witchcraft or energy. ( I had to hide it or my mother would ground me and lecture me on the devil). Sundays were very hard for me to deal with. I dreaded Sundays. I finally refused to go with my family to their church. I would rather stay home and have be forced to clean the house then go to church and deal with that. It just wasn't right. The more I study about my path of being a witch. The easier it is becoming for me to understand why I have been drawn here from my earliest childhood years.

Everyone says its like coming home. In many ways, yes, it is. That warm feeling in the pit of your stomach. The calm that comes over you when you ground and center. The knowledge that the deities are with you, (what ever deities you believe in).

"In a way those that are drawn to any kind of Magic appear to have a internal compass that points to the energy of Magic and like a magnet it pulls us in the direction we need to go to get stronger. Some only feel the pull a little and some feel it much stronger. It's with one all the time, we just have to want to find that source of the pull." quoted from og

But most of all just being content knowing what I am studying and learning, somehow some where, I have learned it all once before. Finding my path and what is new to learn each day is a tremendous gift to me.

As Alchymist said, "You know you're a witch when you know you're not anything else."

Blessings! MW

Fortunately for me, I was left to my own and only taken to Sunday Skull until I didn't like it.  (that didn't take too long)
I naturally moved towards free-thinking and embraced a Bohemian lifestyle so was very easily able to open up just about anything which I felt strongly enough was good, pure and true. 
Unfortunately drugs and Philosophy got in the way of that and before I knew it I was getting to damn close to stuff which I can only describe as 'evil' -- though at the time, I just thought it was a 'pull'   -- it was but the very wrong sort of 'pull'     
I ended up getting sweet into a vortex of emotionalism and before I knew it I was riding the roller-coaster of happy-sad-happy-sad until eventually I became disenchanted (much Sunday Skull) and drifted away eventually finding my way little-by-little into a state that I think is beautifully described in the U2 song "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"  -- it's great to be open and honest and follow the 'pull' of 'One Love' -- so many great leaders have shared this insight - - Bob Marley was really an amazing force of Nature who has continued to spirit me up! 
I love reading Sri Caitananya's 8 verses (new to me) and also enjoy the romantic story of Krsna and Radha -- so beautiful -- the union of love and lover -- magical 
As to spells, I've only tried once and felt a little like I was imitating one those B-Grade witch movies and laughed it off - I guess I have a bad taste in my mouth for any form or repetition -- including "Hare Krsna, ...."  -- I just like the idea of the 'pull' but more so the essential nature of being a witch and that is to be a 'seeker'

Blessed be
shydark

 38 
 on: January 17, 2016, 01:42:13 PM 
Started by bluedjango - Last post by bluedjango
In a way those that are drawn to any kind of Magic appear to have a internal compass that points to the energy of Magic and like a magnet it pulls us in the direction we need to go to get stronger . Some only feel the pull a little and some feel it much stronger . It's with one all the time we just have to want to find that source of the pull .

Thank you for your insight.  The word 'pull' was one I remember hearing in some of the sermons by the late William Marion Branham.  I suspect that most great callings are accompanied with a strong compulsion that this is good, right and positive and one aught to avoid those which generate fear in one.   

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 on: January 11, 2016, 07:00:54 PM 
Started by Kuerden D˙ghlas - Last post by oldghost
Good thing you have all of us here .

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 on: January 11, 2016, 08:54:48 AM 
Started by Kuerden D˙ghlas - Last post by DragonsTalon
Solitary and in the closet  ::) I would love to safely meet others..can't see that happening, am too afraid..might not be who they say they are  :o

This as well, by the time found someone i trusted enough to open to, they moved.

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