free spirit (ex_stellatio875) wrote in paganborn,
free spirit

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Hello everybody! I am a newbie here so I thought I'd introduce myself a little. I'm a seventeen-year-old girl from Finland and I have been interested in paganism for a while. I cannot say that I follow any tradition/path - at least not yet - but I feel a strong connection with nature. At the moment I feel as if I'm going throught some kind of "spiritual rebirth". I used to be a Christian (Evangelical-Lutheran to be exact), I've been christened and confirmed and everything, but for some reason I never really felt that Christianity had a lot to offer for me. I know it has a lot to give for many people, but apparently not for me, if you understand. :) So as of now I'm kind of looking for spiritual balance and trying to find my own "path". I'm not exactly looking for a tight-knit community or even a religion since I have mixed feelings about organized religions. I would like to, however, learn more about paganism to help me discover my own path.

What draws me to paganism in the first place is freedom: I like it how paganism doesn't look down on anybody or tell anybody what is right or wrong to do. I like it that as long as you harm no one, you are free to do what you wish. I know that there are numerous different paths and traditions that can fall under the "pagan" gategory, so I am not talking about paganism as a certain religion, but as a whole net or religions.

I'm sorry if this post is confusing... I have a tendency to ramble a lot :/ Anyway, I have one question before I stop. I've been wondering when people can start calling themselves "pagan", since not all traditions include initiation or any other rites. Is it just when you feel like it? When did you start calling yourself pagan? Or did you? I'm just curious to know... :)
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Finland, wow. I would like to visit the Scandinavian countries one day. Anyway, welcome to the community.

Your views on Paganism are certainly valid. Here I hope you find acceptance and your own spiritual pathway. As for calling myself Pagan, I believe it initially began when I was very small, perhaps 4 or 5 years old, but I didn't really think about and categorize myself officially until I was probably 13 (and studying Theology). I'd always felt a special connection with nature and the world around me. Around the age of 13 was when a wave of evangelist movements were floating around and my faith had diminished because of it. So I began meditating on how happy I had been hanging around in my back woods and watching the deer and the chipmunks and playing in the moonlight. The stronger a spiritual connection I felt with this spiritual path, the more Christianity (people etc.) despised me. So I began to search for acceptance and found it in Wicca. Then I started going through more soul-searching and there is a certain moment when you feel throughout yourself without a doubt that your path is the right one for you. You shouldn't have any qualms about it or do it because it's "cool" or because anyone told you that you should. It comes from your heart and your whole being. Only you know when you're ready, and initiations are, to me, just the ceremonial bit.

I hope this helped (now I'm the one rambling, hehe)
Blessed Be,
IceSerpent SilverFox