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 81 
 on: January 24, 2017, 04:34:02 AM 
Started by Arnemetia - Last post by tiefer
Merry Meet!  I have visited this website many, many times over the years, but have just now decided to actually speak to people.  As you may imagine, I am a solitary practitioner.  I have been part of the Neo-Pagan religion for about 15 years now.  I don't classify myself as Wiccan per se, but there are a great many things about Wicca that I hold true.  The basic Rede, for example, is something I believe everyone should adhere to as best they can no matter what religion they choose to be.  I don't exactly like the idea of classifying myself as one specific thing, but if I had to narrow it down, I would refer to myself as a Gray Witch.  I love to learn more about the Craft because it interests me greatly and, of course, you can never obtain too much knowledge.  There is so much to learn and no matter how much you know, you can always find new information.  I will admit that lately I have not had as much time to do what I would like to do as I would like.  My new job, however, enables me to study in my free time, so at least I have that.  Making the time in my life outside of work is where I have the problem.  I decided to speak out now because I am hoping that speaking to people will give me the boost I need to make myself make time to practice my religion in the way I want to.  Life can be so busy and hectic, and I can nothing but benefit from meditation and communing with the Lady and Lord.  I hope to get to know all of you better, and I wish you love and light.  Merry Part, tiefer

 82 
 on: December 29, 2016, 08:37:05 PM 
Started by Arnemetia - Last post by Master
Hello everyone, I look forward to a long and fruitful relationship of furthering the Craft with you.  :)

 83 
 on: December 29, 2016, 02:16:51 PM 
Started by Adriana1615 - Last post by Adriana1615
Thank you so very much for the warm welcome  :)

 84 
 on: December 29, 2016, 01:51:07 PM 
Started by Adriana1615 - Last post by Canis
Welcome to TCC.

 85 
 on: December 29, 2016, 10:50:41 AM 
Started by Adriana1615 - Last post by Alchymist
Greetings Adriana,

Welcome to TCC. There's a vast amount of useful information, hidden away in the various threads on the Forum. Start by reading the "Sticky" threads, especially "For the beginning solitary", and go on from there; but also check out any other threads that seem interesting.

You'll find that there are people here with a wide variety of different beliefs, all of which come under the general category of Paganism; you'll also find that, quite often, we strongly disagree with each other! This is as it should be, I think. It's often been said that, if you ask a dozen Witches - or better still, thirteen, the number of Witches in a traditional coven - to define Witchcraft, you'll get at least ten different answers. And if you ask some of us, today, we'll probably give you a different answer than we would have a year ago - or even a week ago!. This means that there's no fixed set of beliefs that we all accept, and we're all still learning, even after 20, 30 or 40 years of study and practise.

And that's the key; study, study and study some more, but also practise, practise, practise. Put your studies into action, keep a notebook (which will probably eventually develop into a genuine Book of Shadows) and, as your study and practise matures, keep referring back to it.

Many of us here are Solitaries; some because we can't find a coven locally, but some of us because we prefer a solitary practise. It's good to find other people with similar interests, but if that's not possible where you are, don't let that stop you.

Blessed Be, and good luck,

Alchymist.

 86 
 on: December 28, 2016, 07:26:20 PM 
Started by Adriana1615 - Last post by Adriana1615
Hello...my name is Renay and I am new to Wicca but I have held their beliefs for many years, just not realizing that those beliefs were that of the Wiccan ways...I live in a small southern Ohio town and doubt seriously that there are any covens in  the area so I am beginning basically on my own with help from this website and others that I find are helpful...it is not my intention to learn only spells and such, it is my intention to move forward with the beliefs that have always been within me...I hope that through this forum, I may find guidance through those with more experience...thank you and I look forward to strengthening all that I can be

 87 
 on: December 26, 2016, 09:40:42 AM 
Started by Bishop - Last post by Alchymist
Greetings, Bishop,

Selena Fox is a well known Wiccan elder and the founder of Circle Sanctuary, a Pagan organization that provides many services to North American pagans. She has, however, been criticized by many other pagans for just exactly the reasons you have given; it is a basic principle of Wicca that you shouldn't be charged for instruction or for initiation, beyond basic expenses such as candles, wine, etc. Certainly, $75.00 an hour just for a telephone conversation seems to me to be wildly excessive.

I'd recommend that you check out http://www.beyondweird.com/wicca/bonevsfo.html , an open letter to Selena Fox from the late Isaac Bonewits, which gives some insight into what has been going on. It seems that Ms. Fox has been exhibiting all the negative behaviours of some of the more egregious fundamentalist Christian televangelists. Other members here might have more up-to-date information; wait and see.

Blessed Be,

Alchemist.

 88 
 on: December 25, 2016, 10:03:59 PM 
Started by Bishop - Last post by Bishop
This is my second time that I have taken my year and a day journey. I was living at my father-in-laws, who is a devout Christian. I tried following his religion, with no avail.

Coming back to being Wiccan, (Christianity just didn't feel right for me, I rather regret it) being a solitary practitioner I looked online for more information about how others practiced, and how I might be able to incorporate their ideas into my own.
Then I stumbled onto this site http://www.selenafox.com/ , who said she praticed Wicca. Who also charged $75.00 an hour to talk to her on the phone!?!

From what I have learned this is not what the typical Wiccan does. If one finds a mentor or teacher, they don't charge for knowledge.

Like this site, everybody helps another on their path. No reason to charge for it.

Am I wrong? (I was .03 seconds of writing her a VERY nasty email, but thought better of it. What she is charging is just a scam to me.)

 89 
 on: December 24, 2016, 06:38:47 PM 
Started by Ayedeas - Last post by Alchymist
Greetings Ayedeas,

Yes, lurking is a perfectly acceptable activity here. Indeed it seems, looking at the membership lists, that many of us do little else; only a minority of members actually contribute (Hint! Hint!). We all lurk to some extent, but we accomplished lurkers have learnt to pace ourselves and we can lurk for many years if the need arises.

Blessed Be, lurkers everywhere,

Alchymist.

 90 
 on: December 24, 2016, 10:36:52 AM 
Started by Ayedeas - Last post by Ayedeas
Thank you! The name is purely made up :)

I've been lurking the forums the past couple weeks, and I definitely think there is plenty here for me to learn and at least start on my path. I certainly hope to pop in regularly, though for now I may mostly lurk and gather information as opposed to actively contributing, until I know a little more about this and can contribute in a positive way. That being said, I definitely won't hesitate to ask questions should the need arise.

Thank you for having me!

Blessed be

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