Hanna's Thoughts

The chaotic thoughts of a freelance software engineer.

My Journey to Paganism

So recently I've been exploring religious paths, as I grew up Christian which in a sense enforces an ideology of "believing in anything else except god will make you burn for all of eternity", so for practically 22, nearly 23 years as I am writing this, I have been afraid to explore myself, not only religiously, but in terms of sexuality, and identity as well. I don't really think people know how much of a negative impact imposing ideologies like this is to others.

A lot of my friends are Pagans, which as I talked to them more and more, I myself started to get interested in it. I've actually been doing research on this for a few weeks now, you can actually see my current research I've done so far on my Notion1 regarding this.

So thus, I began to research and look into Paganism, which in itself is a very DIY religion and lifestyle, you sort of choose the paths, the pantheons, and ideologies that you best fit with, you can even go with a "self-creation" path and sort of go through with making your own sort of branch of Paganism, which is one thing I really like, you don't change to fit the religion, the religion changes to fit you. Paganism is in itself a sort of psuedo-umbrella term which encapsulates a wide variety of things, for example searching it on google shows the following description:

Paganism encompasses a diverse community with some groups concentrating on specific traditions, practices or elements such as ecology, witchcraft, Celtic traditions or certain gods. Wiccans, Druids, Shamans, Sacred Ecologists, Odinists and Heathens all make up parts of the Pagan community.

For those who would actually be interested in looking into or simply researching things yourself, I highly recommend the Paganism wiki2 on Reddit.

I'm not one to enforce or push religion and other lifestyle related things on other people, a lot of religions (certainly not all) have a sort of cult-like behvaior in that regard, where a lot of people seem to feel the need force their religion and lifestyle on others, even if it's against their beliefs or views. In the long run, I don't care what you believe in as long as you're happy with both your choices and yourself regardless.






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