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Do you actively study paganism (or your [sign in to see URL] others!)? If so, how do you go about this? Do you read contemporary books, historical documents? Do you practice the things you read - alone, in a group?

I personally read tons and tons about any religion I can get find something on. I feel as though I've exhausted my interested in contemporary pagan books though. There are just so dang many that are geared toward the teenage girl rebelling against her Christian parents. Or even just the casual consumer looking for "money spells" or "love spells" (sheesh). So for the past few years, I've studied herbology and the history of peoples that lived in my area.

I do practice a lot of what I read. I am not one who is big on ritual. But I've done my fair share. I try it out and if it doesn't feel right (or more often, I feel nothing), then I don't pursue it. But sometimes something sticks, so I'm always up to try something new.

Right now, I actually feel like I'm not "learning" much, either through academic study or practical practice. So I'm trying to gear up for a study program! (hey, we've talked about it [sign in to see URL] coven!!!).
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I've not read much in quite a while, but I did find I did MUCH better when I was in a group situation with the coven studies.

I can post the books we HAD to read and if you've already read [sign in to see URL] good, but it may give you some suggestions you didn't think about, or know was out [sign in to see URL] whatever. I am a 'hands on' learner. I don't do well with just [sign in to see URL] reason I didn't do well in school. I tend to DO as I READ, rather than read then impliment. It helps me stay focused better.

The books that were required reading, our HP/HPS had them in their personal library, so we would check out what grabbed our fancy and read it, then during class, we had to discuss what we had read to that point. We were all reading different things, so if you read a book after someone, it helped to hear it [sign in to see URL] it to life a bit more. The Mabinogion was the one that was the hardest.
A great deal out there is pure [sign in to see URL] within that fluff, you can find some good stuff if you're willing to wade through.

It would be neat if we had a way to get these books without having to purchase [sign in to see URL] sure how many could be read online.

There are a few things I can share from my studies, but because of coven tradition and such, there are some things I vowed not to share with the public. Don't see why we can't share some things, though, if we wanted to start some type of study group. I do have my study stuff from the first 2 degrees and some of that I can use.

If we decide to do an online study group/coven, prefer to wait till I get back from Alabama.

I'm not currently studying [sign in to see URL] or otherwise. Religious or [sign in to see URL] would like to get back into some type of study, though.



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Seeing how my DH is not 'with me' in this. Then I study and read online. I ask my son as much as I can.(We can't discuss things in front of hubby) and I try to attend things like the Enlightenment 7 seminars coming up in April. I was sort of studying with Muladzh, or at least picking his brain... emoticon but because I was afraid to try any of the rituals and did not want to get Hubby all riled up, I sort of backed off.... emoticon

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I want to read more about Paganism and Native American beliefs but I just haven't had the time lately. That's one of the reasons I haven't been asking questions. emoticon

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Well you've been pretty danged busy at [sign in to see URL] that ever levels off maybe you will get more spare time. emoticon

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I hope so. Got another project today on top of the 2 I had so we'll see. At least the day goes by fast emoticon

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[sign in to see URL] hope things will settle down for you so you can have some more YOU [sign in to see URL] whatever. All work and no play makes for a very dull and boring day!!! emoticon

I think I would still like to see some type of study group going if we can figure out how to do [sign in to see URL] we can do it so that we work at our own pace, to a point.
Maybe something Firle, Texas and I can work on if you are all [sign in to see URL] we need to know if you're interested or not before we put time and effort into it.

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I'd be interested most definitely! Just have to take into account that when I travel, I may not be here much. Of course I could "make up" all my homework in the Winter! emoticon

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This is why I said a 'work at your own [sign in to see URL] a point'...lol.

In the Summer, I know I'm usually up to my eyeballs in garden and so is [sign in to see URL] top of everything else she has to deal [sign in to see URL] we can do this as a seasonal thing...
Have 'classes/study' in the fall and winter months, then put what we learned into practical study in teh spring and [sign in to see URL] no actuall classes/study is happening during those really busy times.

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I'd try [sign in to see URL] the study part. Not sure what the "Putting into practice" would involve. Remember, hubby is not too keen on this Path. emoticon

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