I recently participated in this swap for a group I'm in on Swap-bot.com and thought I'd share my answers here.
B A S I C S
* Do you have a magical/Pagan name?
* How did you find Paganism?
* How long have you been practicing?
* Are you out of the broom closet?
* Solitary or group practitioner?
* What is your path?
I do not have a magical name - yet. I
found out through books, study, and a few friends but mostly through my
own interests and doing the research via books, library, internet. I've
had my way of thinking about religious interests changed for about a
decade now, I would say I am halfway out of the broom closet. My family
knows I have varying beliefs from them, my parents are supportive, but
folks from my past are not aware. I am solitary, and I study the path of
the druid. I feel I am still very very new, and still figuring out what
I believe and what I don't believe because I was filled with so many
lies through my life.
D E I T Y
* What’s your brand of deism?
* Who is your patron God?
* Who is your patron Goddess?
* What Gods do you worship?
* Do you fear darkly aspected Gods/Goddesses, or rather respect them?
* Do you worship the Christian God?
* Do you worship animals? Or plants?
At one time I was a
monotheistic druid, and I still feel like I follow that path except I do
not believe in the christian god as christians do. I believe there is a
force, a powerful force that we call "god" that did put things into
motion, but the god isn't like what people think where every single
thing you do is being watched and weighed. It was put into motion, but
not a personal relationship available with the "god". As for other
deities, I believe that gods and goddesses worship extended from us
trying to understand how the world and nature worked. I believe that our
gods and goddesses and spirits are aspects of the greater power, that
assist us in understanding and finding peace with the world. I love all
the various religion's main female "mother goddess" deity. Especially
those that are represented as fertility goddesses with the large hips
and breasts. I do not have a patron god or goddess at this time but it
is something I am working on, and progressing wtih. I respect both dark
and light aspected deities. I do not worship animals or plants, but I do
see them as vessels of spirit.
N A T U R E
* Do you regularly commune with nature?
* Taken a camping trip just to talk to nature?
* Describe the moment you felt closest to Mother Earth?
* Do you have a familiar?
* Have you ever called upon the powers of an animal in ritual?
* Or a plant?
* Do you hug trees?
* Give them gifts?
* What are your favourite plants to work with?
* What are your favourite trees to work with?
Yes I regularly
commune with nature. I have not camped due to my disability but I
regularly go on walks in the forest, travel to waterfalls or lakes or
the ocean, or the salt marsh, or botanical gardens and this is where I
feel closest to the spirit of "god". One moment I felt very close to
Mother Earth was at a waterfall. I was able to go to the edge, and I
could hear the power of the water, and I was very high up and it not
only frightened me but exalted me, and brought me great joy. Nature is
powerful, even in the babbling of a brook, or the crack of thunder, or a
simple rainshower, or the crinkling of autumn leaves in the wind. I do
not have a familiar but I have a wonderful cat called Ember that I feel
very protected by. I have called on various animals during rituals,
depending on the ritual. I have hugged trees, I have only given them the
gift of my respect and prayers. My favorite plants are flowers. My
favorite trees are oaks. The best tree I ever visited is the Angel Oak
on the coast of SC. It is an amazing, elderly oak tree that touched me
when I went to see her.
W H E E L O F T H E Y E A R
* What is your favourite holiday? .
* What is your least favourite holiday?
* Have you ever held a ritual on a holiday?
* Ever taken a day off work to celebrate a Pagan holiday?
* Do you celebrate Yule on the 21st rather than the 25th?
* Have you ever felt the veil thin?
* Ever danced the Maypole?
* How do you usually celebrate the Pagan holidays?
or Winter Solstice are my favorite holidays. Least favorite... I guess I
would not say I don't like it but anything around the Easter season
isn't really something that speaks to me as super important. I have held
rituals on holidays, mostly Winter Solstice. I have never taken a day
off work but haven't worked in a while. I celebrate Yule on the 21st,
but also celebrate with my family on the 25th who still do christmas
trees and the like. I have definitely felt the veil thin, on many
occasions. I am sensitive to that and sometimes it frightens me and that
is one reason my cat Ember gives me peace about some things. I have
danced the maypole a few times, once when I was a child. Well my
celebrations are different for various holidays as I'm sure everyone's
are, but as far as Winter Solstice goes, it always involves feeding the
birds. We pull our bird feeders before that, so that the birds who will
fly south will not feel there is food for them here, and then on Winter
solstice we put out food again for those that did not go south. I
normally write a poem every year about the longest night of the year,
and what solstice means to me and I read it out loud either by myself or
with my mother as she while she isn't pagan by any means, does find
interest in the things I do. In fact she's asked me to cleanse a plot of
land they just bought for her, so she is open.
D I V I N A T I O N
* Do you use Tarot?
* Do you use runes?
* Do you use a pendulum?
* Do you use dowsing rods?
* Do you use astrology?
* Any other forms of divination?
I love tarot, and some have
said I have a knack for it, but my husband is Christian and that is one
thing he refuses to let me have a full deck in the house, it's just
something he's been told is "evil" and he feels uncomfortable with it so
we compromise and I collect a few cards here and there (mostly of the
card Temperance) but not a whole set and I do not read tarot cards
anymore. I love how runes look but do not know how to read them, but I
have practiced and studied making bind runes. No, I've never used a
pendulum or dowsing rods and I'm not huge into astrology. As for
divination for myself I have very strange dreams and have dreamed of the
future many times and so that is kind of a type of divination I
suppose. I have dreamed of entire scenarios even as a child that have
taken place in later years. I also have a knack (as does my mother) of
reading body language extremely well.
S P E L L S
* What was the first spell you did?
* What was the latest?
* Ever done a love spell?
* A job spell?
* A healing spell?
* What was the most powerful spell you’ve ever performed?
* What deities do you usually call on?
First spell was a
cleansing spell for my house as I felt unsafe. The latest was a spell to
help my health. I've never done a love spell, I've done bind runes for
jobs. Spells aren't really a huge focus on my druidism. It's more on the
lines of finding peace and purpose and listening to what nature has to
teach me, more than actual wiccan type spells. But I have done some
healing spells, and written bindrunes and made "witch bottles" for
healing and protection. The most powerful spell was the protection
spell. I usually call upon the spirits of nature, not any one particular
deity at this time.
C R Y P T O Z O O L O G Y
* Do you believe in vampires?
*Ever “seen” any of the above?
* Ever used any of the above in magic?
* Do you have one of them as a personal guardian?
vampires. No werewolves. Shapeshifting only in the form of mysticism
where one actually has a "dream" of shifting and an animal or animals
guide you. But not actual physical shifting. Elves, no, but I adore
fantasy elves. Fairies... perhaps. Dragons, yes, I believe dragons once
existed. perhaps not as fantasy would have us think of them but
something akin to dragons. Nymphs... maybe. Sprites... same as fairies,
maybe. Mermaids? No. Satyrs? No. No I've never seen any of those, and
no, no personal guardian of them.
R A N D O M
* Do you see a rabbit, a man or a woman in the moon?
* Own a cat?
* When you meditate, what does your happy place look like?
* Do you work with chakras?
* Do you believe in past lives?
* If so, describe a few briefly:
* Do you believe in soul mates?
* Do you have a spirit guide?
* Is it always love and light?
I see a rabbit in the moon.
Yes I own a beautiful sleek black cat named Ember. My meditation happy
place is in a forest, beside a large creek, the water babbling over the
rocks and the sound of nature around me and the warmth of the sun on my
face. I've begun to study chakras, and have done some with gemstones on
chakra points to assist with healing. I do believe in past lives, and I
have dreams and visions of things that had to be in past lives but I
have yet to determine exactly what any past lives I may have lived were.
Perhaps Egyptian as I have a very extreme draw to that culture. I
believe in soul mates but not like most do. I believe that when you find
someone you mesh with, friend or lover, that they are your soul mate
for that period of time but it can fade and you can find another at a
different time that is perfect for that time of your life. No, it is not
always love and light, not at all. I have so much darkness and I fight
it every day... and some days I do not fight it and let it thrive. I do
not have a spirit guide.