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 on: July 23, 2016, 07:43:33 AM 
Started by oldghost - Last post by Draconis Rex
I have still never yet met my Spirit Guide; perhaps someday, hopefully soon.

 on: July 23, 2016, 04:25:25 AM 
Started by Nymree - Last post by oldghost
Well said Ashe , while making and offering I know very few people who do it mainly on the file main Sabbat's. If you think of what you are doing as a chore then maybe you are on the wrong path ?.

If you have trouble doing things outside then just put some bread crumbs on your window sill or even a hummingbird feeder. You don't have to feed the wild animals in the woods , leave some tuna out for stray cats .Go hug a tree or you can leave a shinny stone at the base of a tree or bush . There are myriad things you can do . Tell the planet you love it , keep yourself healthy is also an offering .

 on: July 23, 2016, 03:26:46 AM 
Started by Nymree - Last post by oldghost
Good for you Nymree  , you could make it a day of reaffirming your vow to your path or to which God/fees you call upon .

 on: July 23, 2016, 02:50:55 AM 
Started by oldghost - Last post by oldghost
Totem animal = that which represents you in the earthly realm.

Spirit animal = that which guides you in the Spirit world

Where not talking anthropology here but the workings of magic .

Individuals can have their own Totem animal , not all Totem are of things that live in the normal world and a person's Totem can be anything a rock , a building or even their imaginary friend . Individual Totems are more common than you think . That is how I am speaking of them hear .

Shamans have many Totem animals that they call on for aid and they can have  nothing to do with the tribe they belong to . After all this is Magic not science .

 on: July 22, 2016, 07:02:36 PM 
Started by Nymree - Last post by Ashe Isadora
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.
As I see it, there's nothing wrong with it being a chore.  That's the point It's an OFFERING.  Much of what we do takes effort, seems mundane, or gets boring.  Chop wood, carry water is very much a part of an earth based religion.

The concern to me if that you feel your offering is pointless.  If your offering doesn't feel appropriate or rings hollow, maybe you should rethink the nature of your offering. Maybe service to the community or recycling would seem like a better choice?  Only you can answer that one.  But your choice of offering should be made on the basis of whether it would be well received by your deity rather than it feeling arduous or like a chore.  There's a good reason many pagans and pantheists consider themselves "In Her Service".

I think you should listen to your intuition that something you're doing doesn't feel "right" for your deity.

 on: July 22, 2016, 06:46:42 PM 
Started by oldghost - Last post by Ashe Isadora
I'm not disputing that, Drac.  Only the terminology.  The term "totem" has a specific meaning in anthropology and to use it is this context is a misappropriation of the word.  I think "spirit animal" is probably closer to the mark here. Totems, spirit animals, familiars and the like tend to be used interchangeably in the neopagan community but they are actually quite different things.  Seems like clear terminology is really important since these symbols and spirits actually perform different functions.

Gawds I sound anal.  Sorry,

 on: July 22, 2016, 06:24:47 PM 
Started by oldghost - Last post by Draconis Rex
I agree that a totem is representative usually of a group of people as you say, but I am of the belief that an individual may also be represented by a totem too. Perhaps this point of view is because I am so solitary and very much the lone wolf, both in life and in path. I was like this as a child and grew up this way.

The characteristics of the Dragon totem that OG describes represents me in every aspect. I don't believe I chose this totem, nor that it chose me; I feel I simply paired with it a very long time ago and it has fit ever since.

I'm looking forward to seeing how Crow is represented as this one I took on myself, and it's relatively new to me. I see Wisdom, cunning and an ability to see to the heart of a thing.

 on: July 22, 2016, 05:51:34 PM 
Started by Nymree - Last post by Draconis Rex
It's sad you feel your offerings have become a chore now, as OG says though, there's no need to make a ritual of it. Carry some seeds or nuts in your pocket, and just drop some where birds or other wildlife hang. Even pouring some water at the base of a tree is an offering and they are all acceptable in the eyes of your Deity. Even a bag of Cheetos for the Crows is good....LoL

 on: July 22, 2016, 05:46:24 PM 
Started by Nymree - Last post by Draconis Rex
As rightly suggested, I have moved this thread. Feel free to carry on now  :)

 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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