Runboard.com
You're welcome.
The Pagan Porch - a forum for Pagan Homesteaders and their friends

This board is now closed and read only. No new membership can be gained. Thank you for your interest.




runboard.com       Sign up (learn about it) | Sign in (lost password?)

Page:  1  2  3 

 
Saijen SilverWolf Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Registered user

Registered: 10-2004
Location: Upper North East Tennessee
Posts: 3871
Reply | Quote
Re: The one thing you regret most about being pagan?


pc. where are you, if you don't mind me asking? I'm in NE Tennessee (above Knoxville). We are considered the Buckle of the Bible Belt..lol....smack in the middle! There are a LOT more pagans here than I had imagined, but everyone is too scared to really let it be known. I'm learning not to worry about it, except with my family. Fenyx is my cousin, and she knows how my Mom, in particular is, as well as relatives on my Dad's side...they'd eat me alive!
Finding my coven was wonderful, but I have to drive an hour for ritual (we have them at my HPS house)...it would be great if I could find a group closer to home.....I'd miss my HPS though..she's my best friend lol.

---
Blessed Be,
~*~ Saijen ~*~

~~*~~ .~~*~~
3/23/2007, 2:15 am Link to this post Send Email to Saijen SilverWolf   Send PM to Saijen SilverWolf Yahoo
 
pcdreams Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Registered user

Registered: 03-2007
Posts: 36
Reply | Quote
Re: The one thing you regret most about being pagan?


springfield, MO
3/23/2007, 12:32 pm Link to this post Send Email to pcdreams   Send PM to pcdreams
 
TexasMadness Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Administrator

Registered: 03-2007
Location: Austin, Texas
Posts: 3972
Reply | Quote
Re: The one thing you regret most about being pagan?


I don't have any regrets about not following a mainstream religion. I wasn't raised with religion, so I guess it's easier for me since my family and friends have never expected me to be Christian or any other religion. And I'm pulling my family further and further away from Christian traditions that pervade our lives. We've always celebrated Christmas (a secular version) but this last year, I convinced the family that it was silly to have a holiday that didn't mean anything to us - so we celebrated the winter solstice instead because the seasons DO mean something to us. Everyone LOVED it! I'm already planning my Beltane get-together...
3/23/2007, 2:30 pm Link to this post Send Email to TexasMadness   Send PM to TexasMadness
 
snowdancer1952 Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Registered user

Registered: 03-2007
Posts: 22
Reply | Quote
Re: The one thing you regret most about being pagan?


My regret is waiting until I was in my 40's to finally claim my faith and come to a point where; if I lost friends because of my beliefs they really weren't my friends.

The funniest comment when I finally gave my beliefs a name was " But you seem so normal". emoticon The nicest comment was " You were my friend before I knew your beliefs & you're still my friend". emoticon

I'm in NE Arkansas and it's very conservative & Christian but so far I haven't felt ostracized for not being Christian or attending their church. Now in south central KY, I never fit in (Pagan & a Yankee emoticon )and the local residents made life quite difficult for me. emoticon

---
Change your thoughts,,,,
and you can change your world.
3/23/2007, 2:50 pm Link to this post  
 
Blaithin Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Registered user

Registered: 03-2007
Posts: 15
Reply | Quote
Re: The one thing you regret most about being pagan?


I regret not having the friendships and close ties that many of the Christians I know have with other Christians.

Blaithin
3/25/2007, 12:51 am Link to this post Send Email to Blaithin   Send PM to Blaithin
 
Corvus Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Registered user

Registered: 12-2003
Posts: 32
Reply | Quote
Re: The one thing you regret most about being pagan?


It's a bit more roundabout for me than it is for most of the other respondants.

My personal path has as one of its central tenets critical thinking -- to examine reasons and consequences and see past traditions and "standard operating procedure". Unfortunately, most people seem to go through life on "cruise control", and a lot of negative things happen because of it.

And gods forbid if you try to open their eyes -- not convert them or change their beliefs, just get them to think about what they're doing. Woe unto you, should you do that.

It makes me sad, and sometimes I think ignorance really must be bliss and ponder if I wouldn't have been happier if I'd just kept my eyes shut. I suppose the old adage of "no pain, no gain" is something of a comfort.
3/25/2007, 8:27 am Link to this post Send Email to Corvus   Send PM to Corvus
 
Saijen SilverWolf Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Registered user

Registered: 10-2004
Location: Upper North East Tennessee
Posts: 3871
Reply | Quote
Re: The one thing you regret most about being pagan?


Blaithin, I know what you mean about not have the closeness that you see a lot of Christians having. A lot of that, you'd be pretty close to people to if you were closed in a building 3 or more times a week with the same people, every week, every year, year after year.

I felt so lost, for so long after I left the church. I didn't have that SOCIAL activity anymore. Now, I've met some Pagans who gather weekly, just to be with each other. I intend to join them a few times...or maybe more lol.
Keep going, as best as you can. You, too, may eventually find like minded people you never knew were there emoticon emoticon

---
Blessed Be,
~*~ Saijen ~*~

~~*~~ .~~*~~
3/27/2007, 8:45 pm Link to this post Send Email to Saijen SilverWolf   Send PM to Saijen SilverWolf Yahoo
 
Blaithin Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Registered user

Registered: 03-2007
Posts: 15
Reply | Quote
Re: The one thing you regret most about being pagan?


Yes, SS. I see what you mean about being together so much.It would only be natural for it to work out that way.

I'm fine really. But the social contact would be nice. I just figure the timing isn't right at this time in my life. I still have kids at home that we homeschool and that really takes most of my time anyway. When the timing is finally right, I won't be able to avoid all my "new friends"! LOL!

In the meantime, I'll just bloom where I'm planted!

 emoticon emoticon
Blaithin
3/28/2007, 2:34 pm Link to this post Send Email to Blaithin   Send PM to Blaithin
 
Saijen SilverWolf Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Registered user

Registered: 10-2004
Location: Upper North East Tennessee
Posts: 3871
Reply | Quote
Re: The one thing you regret most about being pagan?


 emoticon Blaithin....great attitude!!!!!

---
Blessed Be,
~*~ Saijen ~*~

~~*~~ .~~*~~
3/28/2007, 4:53 pm Link to this post Send Email to Saijen SilverWolf   Send PM to Saijen SilverWolf Yahoo
 
Babadski Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Registered user

Registered: 04-2007
Posts: 10
Reply | Quote
Re: The one thing you regret most about being pagan?


Really, my only regret is not having a worship community any more. Ritual is always so much more powerful with more people, and I love talking about spiritual topics. It's probably one of my favorite things. My husband and I talk about it, but it's nice to have the give and take of other people.

Well, two things I regret, or at least miss, is the loss of monastic life. I was seriously considering becoming a nun at one point, had even entered a community, but left before making vows. I've always had a strong attraction to the lifestyle, and it's sad there are no pagan monasteries. *laughs* Perhaps I should found one some day. I think I must have been a nun in another life.
4/4/2007, 3:46 am Link to this post Send Email to Babadski   Send PM to Babadski
 


Add a reply

Page:  1  2  3 





You are not logged in (login)