Herein you will find one of the best references for traditional pre-Christian Paganism I've ever seen; it was off the web for awhile, but at least for now, it's available again. Check it out....
Sorry this is so long winded. I have been reading on the traditional paganism website regarding the difference between the two religions. I am wondering and pondering how either one would, (for lack of a better term), fit with me. Can someone please tell me how I would go about deciding which of these religions (if either) I would follow based on the following ideas. I don't want someone to choose one for me. I am just confused as to know how I would decide because there are parts of each that fit very well. You see, when I read the differences between these two religions. I feel drawn to both. Yet both have others I am not drawn to. So I am confused as to how I would know which would be right.
Where I live there are no covens. So there would not be an initiation. I would be a solitary wicca. But I don't agree with all the traditions of a Wicca. I am not pagan by birth, marriage, or invitation. And there are traditions of the Pagan I don't agree with either. With that being said, I have come up with these questions:
Question #1. Can you be part of both Wicca and Pagan, as one religion?
Question #2. Is it possible to do rituals during the day, even for the nightly rituals? This is the only time of day I have to myself that I can practice without prying eyes. As well as, I would need to do these indoors. I am not alone at night and my spouse does not believe in these teachings. He frowns on these ways. So to practice the rituals, phases of the moon and seasons, it is next to impossible at night. (Please don't think I am trying to be difficult, I'm not, just frustrated!).
Question #3. Do you have to celebrate the phases of the moon and season in order to be a Wiccan or Pagan? I can't find anything about this, and due to the fact I can only practice during the daylight hours. It is very hard to celebrate or enjoy the night time rituals when they are suppose to be celebrated.
I hope no one takes offense of what I have asked, or thinks I am just another individual not wanting to study and learn for myself. I have searched the internet and the forum for the answers to my questions. I have not found them. I would love to be more involved in all aspects of Wiccan, paganism, or whatever religion is right for me. It just doesn't seem like either of these two religions are correct. If there is another type of religion that I am over looking. Would you please tell me so I can study and learn and make my decision? I understand, no one here is willing to tell others what to do. I just am lost as to where to turn from here. For most of my life I've been searching for what is right for me, (that uses similar concepts and beliefs, i.e. beliefs in the Godess and God, magick, castings, seasons, rites, etc. Yet is practiced in the daylight hours and is by a solitary witch). I am not aware of any other kind of religion that uses these teaching other then Wiccan or Paganism. Are there any? If so please tell me!!! I will be happy to study them too.
Thank you for your patience with me. I apologize if I have offended anyone by asking questions that might have already been asked. I promise I won't bother you anymore about this subject.
Blessings to all!