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  • Revived an old thread, but didn't see this current one.

    I've been Pagan for 10 years. A Kitchen & Green Witch.
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    "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" ~ Hippocrates

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    • Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
      Huh, not sure I can do it adequately.

      Wicca is a religion. Witchraft is a practice. You can have Wicca without practicing witchcraft. I don't associate myself with Wicca because I'm not interested in using someone else's definition of beliefs. Mine are the only ones that should matter to me. I identified as a witch because the commonly associated beliefs that go with witchraft (really more in line with druidism, for me personally) were ones I adhered to.

      Wicca is a religion that was started by Gerald Gardner in the 1960s. Witchcraft, the term, was created by Christians, but the practice embodies many differences practices. A few hundred years ago, a witch might've just been an herbalist. For me, it's a little more spiritual, but my beliefs are rooted in the natural world. It seems fitting. I don't follow the "threefold rule" or other common Wiccan tenants either.
      Gardner founded it in 1940, after an experience with a witchcraft group in 1939. I used to harass my wife about that quite often (as she was a practicing Wiccan).
      Now, amusingly, she calls herself agnostic and I followed the path to Asatru.
      Peak weight on Standard American Diet: 316.8 lbs
      Initial Weight When Starting Primal: 275 lbs
      Current weight: 210.8 lbs
      Goal weight: 220 lbs (or less): MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

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      • raised spiritualist/pagan by a recovering Catholic - now a proud atheist. All religion boils down to sympathetic magic as far as I can see.
        I like badgers, books and booze, more or less in that order.

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        • Originally posted by Knifegill View Post
          Solstice means nothing to me, except the natural significance of it. Shortest day, longest day - same as any other day. Just sitting in my cage chirping away, watching other birds fly. Some people can handle life in captivity, even around here I read bullcrap like "...but we live in a modern world." and "how to incorporate these last shreds of dignified, wild life into our fake, scheduled world." We need to stop it. The whole system needs a reboot. Some of us were born to scream at the top of our lungs on a regular basis.
          Aww. Knifegill, sounds like you need a hug kiddo. And you need to stop working such long hours in weird changing shifts and get some quality sleep. As the bard said, "Sleep knits up the raveled sleeve of care."

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          • Paleobird-my place, this Friday. Solstice party!!!

            Solstice means more to me since I really hate the cold darkness of winter. Celebrate the sun coming back? Oh yeah, count me in.

            Well said Badgergirl!!
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            • Originally posted by Kaylee99 View Post
              Paleobird-my place, this Friday. Solstice party!!!

              Solstice means more to me since I really hate the cold darkness of winter. Celebrate the sun coming back? Oh yeah, count me in.
              Maybe since PrimalCon is always toward summer we could have a Winter Solstice PrimalCon. Gather the tribe around the fire and know that the days will get longer again. Really, they will.

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              • To all who said I should get out of the relationship, well tonight I did. I ended it and now I'm a single man. Feels a little weird, but enough is enough and it's time for a change. Where to go now? Any single ladies in the house??? lol
                Hustle for Happiness, Hustle for Love, Hustle for Health, Hustle for Wealth, Hustle for Muscle

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                • This,
                  Originally posted by mark h View Post
                  Infidel here. I'm an atheist. I also like the Buddhist philosophy.
                  I also have a hard time respecting someone that believes in the tooth fairy.

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                  • Originally posted by cruncan View Post
                    To all who said I should get out of the relationship, well tonight I did. I ended it and now I'm a single man. Feels a little weird, but enough is enough and it's time for a change. Where to go now? Any single ladies in the house??? lol
                    Cruncan, my condolences on the pain but congratulations on having the guts to move on from something that wasn't right for you. I had to break up a relationship once for this very same reason. Someone who didn't mind my lack of religiousness at first then started trying to convert me and save my soul. It was a good lesson learned. Tolerance of other points of view is great but basic compatibility still has to be there.

                    As to single ladies, well yes, but this single lady is old enough to be your mom. Maybe I should become a cougar. All the guys my age seem to be falling apart.

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                    • That's the sadness of guys your age, paleobird. There are a few out there who are fitness-focused, of course, but they are a minority (heck, even guys in their 30s these days are falling apart).

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                      • Originally posted by Paleobird View Post

                        As to single ladies, well yes, but this single lady is old enough to be your mom. Maybe I should become a cougar. All the guys my age seem to be falling apart.
                        Thanks for the support! If I come to San Diego, I'm going to need a mom!
                        Hustle for Happiness, Hustle for Love, Hustle for Health, Hustle for Wealth, Hustle for Muscle

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                        • Hah, I'm single and not falling apart, but I'm a weird age.
                          Are you working on your own beliefs? Whatever church you decide on might be a place to find ladies.

                          On another note, I'm not sure that Gerald Gardner founded Wicca. From what I understand, he just collected the pagan traditions into one logical place and construct. It's not as if Gardner saw the gods himself, as Joseph Smith did* when he founded Mormonism, or that guy who "founded" the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster as a spoof. It is believed that Gardner cooked up the Wheel of the Year, but that also seemed to be a codification of older traditions.

                          UU churches are pretty varied. Last week, mine held a Winter Solstice ceremony, complete with leaders in garish robes drawing a circle. I really liked it. Then last night there was a Christmas Eve service with the familiar hymns. Something for everyone I guess.


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                          *Fun fact: Joseph Smith recounted that his first vision of the Lord occurred when he was meditating in "a grove of trees." Even Smith needed a little help from mother nature.
                          5'0" female, 45 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Gained back to 115(!) on SAD chocolate, potato chips, and stress. Currently 111.

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                          • Originally posted by oxide View Post
                            Are you working on your own beliefs? Whatever church you decide on might be a place to find ladies.
                            I'm not working on any beliefs, just kinda going with the flow. One day I'll probably be interested in solveing the universe again, but not right now ha. I would just like a lady with an open mind, that won't judge.
                            Hustle for Happiness, Hustle for Love, Hustle for Health, Hustle for Wealth, Hustle for Muscle

                            http://www.hustleformuscle.com

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                            • Originally posted by oxide View Post
                              Hah, I'm single and not falling apart, but I'm a weird age.
                              Are you working on your own beliefs? Whatever church you decide on might be a place to find ladies.

                              On another note, I'm not sure that Gerald Gardner founded Wicca. From what I understand, he just collected the pagan traditions into one logical place and construct. It's not as if Gardner saw the gods himself, as Joseph Smith did* when he founded Mormonism, or that guy who "founded" the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster as a spoof. It is believed that Gardner cooked up the Wheel of the Year, but that also seemed to be a codification of older traditions.

                              UU churches are pretty varied. Last week, mine held a Winter Solstice ceremony, complete with leaders in garish robes drawing a circle. I really liked it. Then last night there was a Christmas Eve service with the familiar hymns. Something for everyone I guess.


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                              *Fun fact: Joseph Smith recounted that his first vision of the Lord occurred when he was meditating in "a grove of trees." Even Smith needed a little help from mother nature.
                              If you've read the basis of the Thelemic Magick of Crowley (The Book of the Law being the cornerstone), then you realize how much of that system he borrowed. The Wiki article on Gardner has a lot of well-verified information regarding his "revival" of "witchcraft" (read: taking a bunch of stuff that he thought "sounded right" and sticking it together as a semi-cohesive whole)

                              Gerald Gardner (Wiccan) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
                              Peak weight on Standard American Diet: 316.8 lbs
                              Initial Weight When Starting Primal: 275 lbs
                              Current weight: 210.8 lbs
                              Goal weight: 220 lbs (or less): MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

                              The way "ChooseMyPlate.gov" should have looked:
                              ChooseMyPlate

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