As you can guess, I am new to this forum, but I am also new to the world of Paganism and witchcraft.
My name is Jade, (though you can call me anything) and I was born into a Christian family and was raised as a Christian. As I grew older, and started to understand more about the religion, the more I disliked it. I didn't feel like I belonged, and a lot of anxiety and claustrophobia (for lack of a better word) has resulted because of it. I won't get into the details of why I decided it wasn't for me, as that's a long story and I don't think I can construe my thoughts in a way that would make sense.
At any rate, long story short, I have always felt more connected to the energies of the Earth. Storms energize me, and I feel calm, at peace, and refreshed under a full moon. I adore being surrounded by trees, and animals (generally) love me. The earth has this energy that I can't explain, and there are times where I want nothing more than to slip out in the middle of the night and just travel some nearby trails quietly and be one with nature. And don't get me started on horses - they have their own power and I feel a similar, strong connection with them as I do to the moon and the trees.
Once I started realizing that I didn't agree with the Christian religion, and started questioning whether I belonged in it, I started hearing more and more about Paganism. The more I heard about it, and learned about it, the more it started to click. This was about last year at this time, actually.
Slowly I started noticing Paganism more and more. I found out one of my sisters is Wiccan (and now two of mine are and my third is considering converting for the same reason I am), and then I found out so is one of my cousins. And then I found out one of my friends is Pagan (she hasn't identified with any specific branch) and now I have at least 10 friends or relatives that I've come to find are pagan in some form - most commonly Wiccan.
So I decided to do some serious research. And in my research I found this site and found the forum, and thus here I am! I've looked through the site and I'm continuing to look through and check out other sites, but if there's one way I can get some help and guidance in my journey, what better way than through a forum?
I have looked into the other branches of Paganism, and I've considered them all. This site and its explanation in particular seems to be exactly what I'm looking for, and so far Wicca seems to fit the most. So I would like to learn more about it.
This introduction was a mess, but I'm happy to be here and I hope to learn a ton!