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    Are you Pagan? If so, what's your focus?


    As for me, I'm mainly a Goddess initiate. I work a lot with the energies as expressed in some ancient Egyptian dieties as well as some ancient Greek - both male and female. Right now I do a lot of work with plants using shamanic techniques, but that's a whole other ball o'wax.


    Would love to hear what other people are into.


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    I'm Jewish by culture and upbringing but SO not into the Big Guy with the Beard in the Sky.


    I'm an avid herbalist, and I've been making my family's first aid and minor illness cures for years. Oddly enough for a mainstream-trained physician, I don't believe in using herbs as isolated preparations, like concentrated St. John's Wort for depression, so much as the Old Ways of using the whole plant. I feel very much in tune with plant energy in that way.


    I also, over the years, have had profound experiences that lead me to appreciate energies. (If anyone is interested, I almost killed someone by saying the wrong thing---and my resident saved the patient by saying the right thing after I almost killed her. I'll tell the story on request.) If that's not a spell, I don't know what is.


    That experience (from when I was a medical student) and many others over the years, have made me sort of pagan by default.


    I enjoy reading the literature about goddess worship in Canaan, and its influence on the early Hebrews as a way of understanding how the Jews lost their Goddess.


    And finally, as a disciplined meditator, I have a growing awareness of how all things are interconnected, that shimmering web of being within which we are all embedded.


    I actually have a hunger for a 'tribe' of my own, and I consider myself as one who is seeking a spiritual community, tribe, and 'home.'


    Sooze

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      Sooze, fellow herbalist here! Sounds like we have the same outlook on the plants. I'm trained in the Wise Woman Tradition - using the whole herb, simple formulations, etc.


      We definitely need to chat sometime - I'm also trying to construct some kind of community/tribe. Very cool! If you're on Facebook, I think this'll take you to me: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/deb.fatemental?ref=search&sid=1819321708.787281671 ..1

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        Pagan, Kitchen Witch, Religio Romana...


        I recently discovered and took on the title of Kitchen Witch. I don't know why it never crossed my mind to blend my interests in food and nutrition with my spirituality. Now that I have, it feels so natural.


        Early in my path I was drawn to herbs. I pushed it away for a time, though I'm not sure why. I'm rediscovering an interest in it, however, and am eagerly awaiting planting a veggie garden and an herb garden. I don't, however, have a very green thumb it seems. Most of my house plants survive only by chance.


        I'm named after Diana (actually spelled Deanna,) and have always gravitated towards her identity as Artemis. It wasn't until college that I discovered I'd grown up Pagan, so when I decided to dedicate to the path, I dedicated as a Daughter of Artemis. She's been a part of me ever since. I do occasionally honor other gods, but in reflection I learned that Artemis tends to be my only female deity. The rest are male. Similarly, it seems like every career step I take, I tend to be the only female. A scary reflection. I've attempted to get closer with Vesta/Hestia, but I just don't *feel* it. Maybe when I step out of maidenhood and become a mother...


        An interesting thing to note- Artemis is accompanied by hounds, one of her sacred animals, and I'm also born in the year of the dog. I seem to be a lot like her in a lot of ways... which makes dating difficult for me. Why oh why couldn't I be more like Venus!? LOL The whole hunter/gatherer thing works out so well being dedicated to a huntress.

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          I'm a pagan. I follow the Babylonian pantheon, my patrons being Marduk and Ishtar.

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            I would not describe myself as pagan by any means but I do find wisdom and truth in many of the older belief systems.

            How does this relate to being primal? Well, I see my primal lifestyle as a way to achieve my maximum mental and physical potential as an individual (I believe it's impossible to be mentally healthy if one is completely unhealthy physically). Many ancient belief systems are defined by values that focus on humans as individuals rather than the human race as a whole.

            Subduction leads to orogeny

            My blog that I don't update as often as I should: http://primalclimber.blogspot.com/

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              @Diana, definitely, you'll feel more of the energies of dieties like Hestia when you start moving into a slightly later stage of life. Artemis sounds like she's a good fit for you. She the helper to those giving birth, too & I like to think of that including projects not just progeny.

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                When people ask my religion, I tell them I'm a Born Again Pagan.


                I know it's not the right season, but have you ever heard "The Pagans and the Christians" by Dar Williams? It's a must-hear:


                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_KiHRHwaAs


                When I used to play Magic:the Gathering tournaments, I registered as Kitchen Goddess.

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                  Haha, YEAH MTG! I used to play that quite often in my early jr. high/high school years. Haven't played in years now, but damn, that game was fun!

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                    I'm an ex Catholic who went to a Baptist church for a while but then stopped going to any church. I am not sure anymore what may or may not be true about religion. I just care about other people as much as I can.

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                      Im looking into this... anyone have and good starter resources?


                      Sooze I would love to hear your story. Im applying to med school in June so I am super interested in this story you have! How can I contact you?

                      Life on Earth may be punishing, but it includes an annual free trip around the sun!

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                        @ TT - med school - good for you!


                        For reading - The Sprial Dance by Starhawk is a classic but she's heavy into the ritual. The Once and Future Goddess by Elinor Gadon is good background reading. For lots about all different Pagan paths, check out Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler. If I remember rightly, she investigates and explains different paths in that book.


                        Happy reading!

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                          Also, I have for the last five or six years now, practiced Reiki, Qi Gong, mindful meditations, and shamanic journeying.


                          I pretty much have a grab-bag of spiritual interests, but I don't really have any religion (or lack there-of) that I identify with. I'm a big believer in spirits and the whole idea that we are all one and will eventually return to the great cosmic energy from whence we came. I also believe we definitely have brushes with that cosmic energy if we open ourselves to the experience.


                          I see the connectedness of many religions and how they are all trying to say the same thing, but religions are SO wrong and they have been since they were taken up by the masses and corruption ensued. I do NOT believe in an anthropomorphic god. People just wanted a simple explanation for something that is so inexplicable that it scared them to think of what it ACTUALLY could be. So, they clothed this energy in a form like themselves, along with all their flaws and short-comings. Religion fail. :/


                          Ehhhh, I'm ranting, aren't I? Sorry about that! :S

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                            Deb Drawing Down the Moon sounds like a good starting point, Ill have to check it out! Hopefully by next fall Ill be somewhere starting a new chapter for med school! I cant wait!!! Its the only thing Ive ever wanted to do. I suppose I need to think of something more creative than that when they ask me "So, why medical school?"

                            Life on Earth may be punishing, but it includes an annual free trip around the sun!

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                              TT- I second The Spiral Dance. Scott Cunningham has some great starter books as well. That's where I started.


                              Another good Pagan resource is

                              http://www.witchvox.com

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