My name is Kitty. I'm 32. I don't believe in literal magic, but I do believe in the psychological effects of ritual, meditation, visualization, and chanting.
I use spells to penetrate my subconscious in a way that my logical thought has been unable to do.
Up until now my magical thinking has only come up with worst case scenarios that negatively affected my emotions, behavior, and reactions. I'm flipping that to make magical thinking work for me instead of against me by using rituals, charms, and protective and lucky objects to positively affect my emotions, behavior, and reactions.
I call it psychological Wicca and it greatly helps my anxiety.
I do revere nature, which makes me a pagan, but I revere it from a scientific perspective. The knowledge that, as Neil DeGrasse Tyson says "We are, each of us, our own little universe." The galaxies swirl around each other, the stars in each galaxy swirl around the nucleus black hole, palanets orbit around each star, moons orbit most planets, cytoplasmic organelles orbit the nucleus of a cell molecules make up the cell (and everything else in the universe), atoms make up the molecules, protons, neutrons, and elections orbit the nucleus of an atom.
It's beautiful, not just on a scientific level, but a spiritual one. Some say we are each an insignificant speck on a rock floating through space. That's not how I see it. I am billions of universes housed in a much vaster universe that I long to discover.
Your topic was moved to Other Paths as it was better suited to this section of the forum. There is no disrespect intended by the person that moved the thread, it is her job to determine if threads are in the right place.
Re: Any scientific Wiccans? By: prsona / Knowledgeable
Post # 5 Apr 14, 2017
Revering nature does not make someone a pagan. There are, and have been, many pagan religions which do not focus on nature. Plenty have focused on humanity despite nature, not necessarily in cooperation with it.
So I'm curious: What about your path incorporates aspects of Wicca? You haven't mentioned anything specific in that regard. Did you study in a Wiccan coven before deciding to go your own way, so to speak, or did you read about that specific religion, and decide from there? If so, which branch did you start with?
started with white magic as a teenager. I later gave up all forms of religion. When I developed panic disorder in college, in addition to medication and therapy, I learned mindfulness, meditation, and visualization. I found if I could find mantras, especially if they rhymed, it would get my subconscious mind where my phobias live, to absorb ideas better. Lighting cancels and incense also helped, as well a repetitive or ritualistic movements. I use these aspects of Wiccan ritual to help conquer my anxieties.
Re: Any scientific Wiccans? By: Misanthropy Moderator / Adept
Post # 8 Apr 14, 2017
Aye, visualization, chanting, meditation, incense use, candle use, reverence of nature, etc are all fairly common among a lot of practitioners, regardless of path or practice. It's not exclusive to Wicca.
Your response didn't really answer the question asked, however, I believe, though I cannot say for certain since I did not ask the original question, what was being asked was:
What specifically drew you to Wicca? What aspects of the religion do you use specifically in your practices (belief, deity worship, etc) that make you feel you are practicing/following Wicca? What experiences along the way made you decide that it was the religion you wished to follow? Did you come across the relgion and research it and decide it was what was best suited your own personal beliefs?
While not everyone necessarily believes in the labels, there is nothing wrong with using them if that is what you feel best describes your practices and beliefs.
And while many believe magic has no real color, colors still tend to be used by many todifferentiate between the types of magic an individual is referring to.
The thing is that if you state that you practice a form of Wicca you should have clear what parts of that path you use.
Wicca and Witchcraft are not exactly the same, even when they have simmilarities, so affirming that you practice Wicca and stating things that are common to both practices, and even to many other paths, you should try to understand that they are curious about the specifics of your path relating to Wicca.
I feel like you came here with the feeling that someone was going to pick on you, if that is the case, don't be on the defensive, people is usually very open to different paths on here, if they ask is probably because they are interested in learning something new from you.