Paganism for Beginners: Finding a group

"Ivankupala" by Henryk Siemiradzki - http://www.abcgallery.com/S/semiradsky/semiradsky7.html. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ivankupala.jpg#/media/File:Ivankupala.jpg

Groups can be awesome if you find the right people to celebrate with; they can also be a bit dysfunctional. The trick is to go about finding a group with your eyes open. If you experience warning signs and feel that the group you are considering joining does not fit your needs, proceed with caution. Finding the right group for your needs can be really tricky. Most people are either incredibly cautious about approaching groups, or touchingly enthusiastic and hence vulnerable.
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Paganism for Beginners: Organisations

Pagan handfasting ceremony at Avebury (Beltane 2005) - source: ShahMai Network

Pagan organisations are important because they represent Pagan organisations to the wider world, and connect members of the Pagan movement together. Through them you can find out more about your chosen tradition, and meet other Pagans to celebrate with. [Read more...]

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Aspects of initiation

In the Cave of Pitson, Corinth, Peloponnese, the Agricultural Adornment of Demeter, Pan and Nymphs. 540/530 BCE.

In my view, there are six separate aspects to initiation. There is the inner process of transformation; the initiation by the gods and goddesses (making contact with the numinous); experiencing the Mysteries (that which cannot be spoken, or Arrheton); being given the secrets of the group (that which must not be spoken, or Aporrheton); joining the group mind; and the joining of the lineage or tradition of which the group is part. [Read more...]

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