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Life after death? Pagan and Christian viewpoints…

Posted in Pagan with tags , , , , , , on February 17, 2008 by Green Raven

Today I was reading the latest issue of Spirit & Destiny magazine. And there;s a feature about the Seven Daughters of Eve. A creation story, which at first seems quite far-fetched, but then I think about Christianity’s creation story – Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. That too would seem quite far-fetched if I had not been taught it through school, but learnt about the Daughters of Eve. This also makes me think about life and death. What we believe about what happens when we die tends to come from what you believe, or is it merely what we are exposed to? As a child I was brought up in a Church of England school, you learned about Heaven and Hell. When you die, if you had been good you went to heaven, if not you went to Hell. I knew no other way of looking at life after death, so this was assumed to be fact when I first learnt it. Now I have heard other ways of looking at life after death, pagans tend to believe in Summerland, and reincarnation. Everyone goes to Summerland when they die, whether they’ve been good or bad. But they pay for the good and bad they do in life through Karma. What you give out comes back to you, three times as much. A kind of Karmic debt you build up through your actions in life.

At first this sounded quite ludicrous to me, and reincarnation, do we really come back and live another life, sometimes as different creatures? And we never remember this? Perhaps when you think about it, plants are born in the soil, when they die, they crumple and go back to the soil, they bio-degrade away into it, and a new plant is born from it, possibly from the same decomposed matter, are we reborn in a similar fashion? Our souls/spirits broken down and remoulded into something new?

It just makes you think, when we are exposed to new ways of thinking, it can turn your whole perspective on what you think life is, completely upside down.

And we only believe what we believe from what we hear and learn from others, books that have been written, and the experiences we have, that help shape what we think and feel about life. And I guess the truth is, we’ll never know until we pass from this world, and if we are reincarnated, we’ll be reformed with no knowledge of our past lives…

Fledgling Pagan!

Posted in Pagan with tags , , , , , on February 16, 2008 by Green Raven

Today I’ve been reading Wiccan articles on www.ehow.com, I never knew they had Wicca or Paganism How-To guides on there. They give a very basic start to a Pagan/Wiccan path.

How to become a Solitary Witch

A solitary witch is simply a Wiccan who practices on their own.Read as much as you can, especially various ways of practising Wicca and Witchcraft.

  • Experience Nature, take frequent walks and become aware of the changing seasons.
  • Keep A Journal, write down everything you learn, what you believe, and how it fits together.
  • Write down everything you feel, think, experience, note, learn, rituals performed, etc. Self-knowledge is an important concept in Wicca and recording everything that happens along your journey is essential to that.
  • Make note of areas of confusion or failures (if you wrote about a ritual that you performed) or anything that you need to work on.
  • Choose a magickal name for yourself.
  • Begin practicing Wicca by creating very simple rituals to honour the festivals.
  • Practice a ritual or two to honour the God and the Goddess. Because ritual is such an important part of the Wiccan religion you should research and prepare yourself before you start. This includes ritual purification baths, consecrations, charging of magickal tools, fasting and selection of chants or music.
  • Be sure to prepare yourself for every ritual or spell you want to cast. Research is fundamental and necessary for every Wiccan practice.
  • Enjoy yourself, the Wiccan religion is centred around being yourself. Never try to change yourself for anyone else.

I’ve always waited for sabbats to perform rituals to honour the God and Goddess. After reading above, it seems so obvious to me that I can perform a ritual to honour the God and Goddess at any time. And it’s perfect practice for me to learn to feel more comfortable doing rituals and not stressing that they have to be perfect for the sabbat. I need to make my rituals simpler (so less can go wrong), and enjoy them more so I can concentrate on what the ritual is for, rather than whether I’m doing it right or not!

Welcome to my world…

Posted in Misc with tags , , , , , , , on January 9, 2008 by Green Raven

Hi, I’m Green Raven and this is my garden.  Feel free to drop by, and make yourself at home, and catch up with the recent activities in my garden. 

For starters, here’s a little introduction, I’m 25, female and live in the UK.  I enjoy fantasy art, reading comics, watching movies, drawing and creating coloured pencil art.  I love to learn about Paganism, and the different religious paths within it.  I guess I’m still trying to find the right path for me. 

This is a blog telling you what I’m doing, what I’m interested in, and what I’m trying to do in my life.  I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I do.