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Questioning Your Beliefs?
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Post # 1
Hello everyone,

Considering the amount of views and replies my last post on spell writing got, I've decided that I'm going to share advice on Pagan/witch topics that I've thought up over the last couple of years since I've stepped out of the infamous "Broom Closet". My goal is to create one new post per week, considering my work schedule. For this week, I'd like to begin a public discussion on when a newbie to Paganism/Witchcraft begins to question their former belief system.

Let me begin with a synopsis of my story. Since the age of four, I always had a deep-rooted interest in Witchcraft. For years I had a longing to understand it and to be a part of it. At age ten was when I read into my first Wicca book, but of course my family perceived this fascination to be rather strange and odd. As a child, I began to shut my interest away from those around me. As I got older, I began to learn what "real" Witchcraft was apart from Hollywood's portrayal of it. I finally felt peace and started to embrace my interest more. Of course, some personal things regarding my potential path occurred, and I was left alone to wonder. I was raised to be Christian. I began to realize that what I had been experimenting with for the majority of my life was against "the Lord's Word" and it went against everything I was taught. At seventeen, I sat alone and questioned my own faith. So, here is my advice to anybody who may be entering a similar state of mind...

There will be loads of confusion. If you are a teen who has just found the Craft but you were raised to believe differently, this post is dedicated to you because I was once there myself. Before you begin to try to answer if Paganism is right for you, you should first ask yourself these questions. You must be honest with your own answers.

1) What attracts you to the Craft? Is it the concept of magick? Is it a feeling of control over every life situation because you've learned how to cast spells? If yes to the second question, you may want to reconsider. Magick is not the solution to all of life's struggles. Ask yourself what attracts you to this lifestyle completely.

2) Are you becoming involved with Paganism and/or Witchcraft to feel different or to "stand out" against your peers? Or, is there a genuine connection you feel when you practice? If it's a longing to feel different from others, then this is not the way to feel different. Truly, everyone is different from everyone. Taking a spiritual path and wearing it like a badge to attract attention is offensive to those who do practice on a genuine level. Consider what your deeper intent is for walking this path.

Now that I've asked you the two major questions one should ask themselves regarding this situation, I'll move forward. If you've discovered you are in this for a possible shift of spiritual perception, you must objectively look at your "taught" belief system and face some questions regarding that. First, you need to look at your former belief system's core beliefs. For example, you must ask yourself if you fully comprehend what that belief system teaches or if you're just straying from it out of confusion. If you're confused on some of those beliefs, research it before you move further into Paganism. Talk with a religious figure. Open your holy book and ponder what it says for yourself. After you've done that, you can objectively look at Paganism and see why your beliefs have shifted from your last path. This process may take some time, but if you do realize that you don't believe in your former faith, you can proceed to make a decision on what to do regarding your new spiritual path. This is where it gets a bit more difficult...but you have two options. You can either choose to "come out" to your family and friends, or you can keep quiet about your beliefs until you find the time is right to be open with your loved ones about your spiritual transformation.

This post will extend too long if I continue, so I think I'll save the classic "Coming Out as Pagan" advice column for next week. Feel free to leave any questions or comments below. Thanks for reading my overly-written post. Blessed Be! :)
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Re: Questioning Your Beliefs?
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Post # 2
What attracted me? I felt drawn to it. I have always felt extremely close to the Earth and nature. Unfortunately, I was raised as a Jehovah's Witness, and have been desperately trying to get that "religion" out of my essence.

Just recently, within the past couple years, I really feel like I have purged this burden, and it feels great. Wicca appeals to me very much compared to mass religion. I did investigate, and even visit other churches, and that is how I knew it was not for me.

I just wish it hadn't taken me almost 50 years....
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Re: Questioning Your Beliefs?
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 3

When you say "Witchcraft" are you referring to witchcraft or to Wicca since they are not the same thing?

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Re: Questioning Your Beliefs?
By: Moderator / Knowledgeable
Post # 4
This thread has been moved to Other Paths from Welcome.
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Re: Questioning Your Beliefs?
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Post # 5
Lark- When I say Witchcraft, I am referring to witchcraft as a practice. I am not referring to Wicca when I say the word "witchcraft" at all. :)

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Re: Questioning Your Beliefs?
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Post # 6
Vicki- I'm glad you've found the path that makes you feel the most content. At least you were one of the lucky ones that actually got to find your true calling, you know?
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Re: Questioning Your Beliefs?
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Post # 7
Yes, I now know how fortunate I am now that I am out, and able to pursue my true calling. :)
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Re: Questioning Your Beliefs?
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Post # 8
Exactly, Vicki! That's the joy of the situation, despite how long it took you to break out of that shell. Now you can have years of your life that are more happy in a special way.
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Re: Questioning Your Beliefs?
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Post # 9
Sometimes I just regret the wasted time, but will try to make up for that, and enjoy the freedom. :)

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Re: Questioning Your Beliefs?
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Don't beat yourself up over the "wasted" time! Like you said, focus on the freedom you have now.
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