From a Catholic School Girl to a Pagan

I wonder what the nuns would think about my present spiritual pathway as a pagan, and follower of the goddess religion? Growing up in a staunchly Catholic family my parents thought that the only choice for schooling for my seven siblings and myself was parochial school. The education was good and the religious studies a positive influence for my future spiritual pathway.

The most profound was my mother’s naming of me. I was born on an unusually sunny June day in Glasgow Scotland, which promoted my mother to name me after the month. To most that would seem not problematic except the name was unacceptable to my father, a staunch Catholic. With my family’s intense loyalty to Catholicism the rules to be a good Catholic were simply clear–that’s until my mother disregarded one of the important ones.
I am the only child of eight not named after a saint as was the Catholic custom-no doubt in hopes the child would aspire to their holy patron’s attributes. Naming me June not only broke our religion’s tradition but also laid the ground for me to follow a religion different from my family.

My family emigrated from Scotland to the United States and, as many European Catholics, we accepted Mary is the pivotal holy influence. I have no doubt the Europeans devotion to a female deity in Catholicism goes back to their roots in pagan religions. I envision the Roman Catholic conquerors allowing the newly defeated to keep their pagan goddesses by rolling them into one female, Mary, also called the Blessed Virgin or Our Lady.

My father’s wanted my name to be Patricia after St. Patrick. If I aimed to continue St. Patrick’s mission I would have had to drive the “snakes”–pagans– out of power as he allegedly did in Ireland and to spread the Catholic faith. Instead there I was June a pagan and heathen as my father unwittingly called me, who in time would live up to my father’s insight of my paganism: I brought the “snake” into the household.

On Sundays my family gathered at church to partake in the mystery of faith in God in a celebration ritual called Mass. On special occasions a particular celebration during Mass, called Benediction, occurs. Benediction ingrained a deep appreciation for the sacred powers of rituals. Frankincense and myrrh, symbolic of purification, are placed in a brass incense holder hanging from a chain. A veil of smoke carries the deep aroma of incense slowly throughout the church as the chanting priest swings the holder back and forth while turning in a circle, stopping at each of the four directions–symbolic of the cross to Catholics. Captivated with it all, I opened up to surrounding mystic energies.
Coming of age during the 1960’s I explored Buddhism and was introduced to meditation–a skill not learned as a Catholic. Eagerly I gravitated toward the silent peace. In time my spiritual truth was revealed. Appreciative of my Catholic teachings and later Buddhism, I choose a pathway right for me, Wicca. Now I am free to dance with wild abandonment under the moon skyclad, if I wish and conjure up magic and be a powerful woman instrumental in the progress of humanity. I am whole.

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What is Wicca

Wicca is commonly described as a Neopagan faith, though Isaac Bonewits, the influential Neo-druid, has claimed that early
Wicca (at a time when it was still called “Witchcraft”) was in fact a Meso-Pagan path. Wicca as a religion was introduced by Gerald Gardner in the 1950s.
Wicca is a deep appreciation and
awe in watching the sunrise or sunset, the forest in the light of a glowing moon, a meadow enchanted by the first light of day.

Wicca is the fall of colorful autumn leaves, and the softness of winter snow.
Wicca is a belief system and way of life based upon the reconstruction of pre-Christian traditions originating in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
Wiccan believe that the spirit of the One, Goddess and God exist in all things.

Wicca is essentially an immanent religion, and for some Wiccans, this idea also involves elements of animism.
Wicca is a belief system and way of life based upon the reconstruction of pre-Christian traditions originating in Ireland,
Scotland, and Wales. Wiccan practice tolerance and acceptance toward all other religions as long as those faiths do not persecute others or
violate the tenant of “Harm None.Wiccans have great reverence for the Earth and for their Goddess and her consort, the horned God.
Wiccans do not recognize an all-evil deity or quasi-deity like Satan.

Wicca as a religion was introduced by Gerald Gardner in the 1950s. Wicca is not an ancient religion, but Gardner did incorporate
some old esoteric knoweldge into his original tradition, including Eastern mysticism, Kabballah, and British legend.

Wicca does not embrace the concepts of sin, heaven or hell, the evils of sex or nudity, confession, Satanism, animal
sacrifice, or the inferiority of women.
Wiccans do NOT believe in hurting people, taking drugs, killing animals, telling lies, doing sexually perversive acts, drinking animal’s blood, stealing, summoning demons (they don’t believe in demons) or performing Black magic.
Wicca is not traditional folk magic and all magic is not necessarily Wiccan, anymore than all people who pray belong to any particular religion.

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How To Find Information For The Beginner Wicca

While flipping through television channels three years ago. A news report about a man who followed Wicca caught my eye. He said he had a premonition the night before buying the winning ticket that he would win. So he went to the local mart and bought a ticket and sure enough he won.

I had heard about Wicca before but now I was intrigued. What was the power of Wicca that this man attributed he good fortune to it?

I turned on my computer and began surfing the web to learn all I could.

One thing i figured out , is that it is very difficult to find good information about Wicca, because unlike Judaism and Catholicism, Wicca has different meanings to different people. There is no book like the Bible or the Torah. In my mind this is a good thing as I never believed that there is one set of rules to follow when it comes to religion.

The next problem I encountered in my search for answers was Wicca has attracted many people who simply want to take advantage of people like me. These so called experts spread miss truths and use false knowledge for power and control. Wicca has been underground for so long because of persecution it made it easy for these people. There are however many good people filled with knowledge and they are just waiting for you to find them.

How do you find them?

Finding good information is no longer hard. All you have to do is search on Google and you will find many communities filled with good knowledgeable people. Sites like these tend to weed out the people trying to spread misinformation. In these communities you will find people at every stage of learning from beginners like me to life long second and third generation practitioners.

These communities will welcome you with open arms and be filled with useful information. Following Wicca no longer has to be a solitary pursuit.

Blessed Be.

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