Happy Valentine's Day - even if it's not necessarily a Pagan holiday, take the time to show your friends and family that you love them today! :)
I baked chocolate cherry cupcakes to give to my friends (and a few coworkers) today.
Do you guys do anything special for Valentine's Day? Or does it matter -or not - to you at all?
What are everyone's plans for 2009? I hope you're all starting the year off in a good place, both mentally and physically!
Personally, I'm taking the Spring semester off from school to work full-time. I was recently promoted at my job, so I've been keeping very busy! I'm also going to visit my aunt and her new baby around the end of this month. She's a practicing Buddhist, so we always have some interesting conversations revolving around spirituality. She was upset around the December holidays because some of her more intrusive relatives insisted on buying Christmas themed presents for the baby, when she specifically told people that they are not raising their daughter with Christian holidays. How do you guys handle Christmastime?
Well, that's all for now!
Happy Solstice! I hope that y'all aren't spending the first day of Winter shoveling tons of snow and ice from your drives, like I have :(
That's OK, it'll make my cookies taste extra-rewarding later tonight :)
Brightest Blessings to you and your families at Yule!
Enjoy the Full Moon tonight, everybody! It's supposed to be an extra pretty one ^_^
I thought I'd say a little bit more about myself to try and get the ball rolling here!
A/S/L: 18/F/Queens, NY
Wiccan/Pagan path: Eclectic Solitary Wicca
Time practicing: almost 7 years
I practice as a Solitary simply because I don't know any other practicing Wiccans right now! I was very briefly a member of a small coven, which we disbanded when two of us moved away. I have a very limited budget when it comes to magickal supplies (...and everything else, come to think of it ><), so I've become pretty great at improvising spells and rituals with few ingredients/supplies. Most of my magick consists of simply casting positive energy toward my little, everyday goals: doing well on a test, calming myself when I'm upset, et cetera. I would never, ever cast a spell with harmful intentions, and I don't think that I could be friends with anyone who does. I'm at Witchvox as Suze and have a Wicca/religious studies blog called Peppermint and Prose over at Blogspot (but I'll probably cross-post a lot of stuff from that blog over here).
How long have you been practicing Wicca (or your other Pagan belief)? Is there a particular tradition/style that you practice? Do you perform magick and/or consider yourself a Witch? What has been the reaction of your family/friends to your religion, if you've told them?
Anyway, Yule is coming right around the corner! Dec. 21 - just 10 more days. What do you do to celebrate Yule?
I'll be sending out cards to my close friends and some of my family, baking cookies to share as gifts, and lighting a candle to say a prayer of thanks for the return of the light - nothing fancy, just a simple, happy day for enjoying my family and celebrating the end of the darkest months.
If you've found this community, it means that you were searching for a group geared toward young adult Wiccans (and Pagans). Welcome - no matter what your personal spiritual beliefs.
This is a group for Wiccans to share their ideas, beliefs, and thoughts on - well, anything, really. My hope is that this will become a place for trading information, ideas, and even everyday thoughts - including non-Wicca related topics.
A common obstacle faced by Wiccans who are just beginning to learn and expand their ideas/beliefs is that they simply don't know where to turn for information. This is a place where asking questions and sharing answers is encouraged, whether you'd like a recommendation of a book or web site, or are trying to find local shops or groups. There's lots of learning and information to be had!
Another problem that young Wiccans - particularly teens - face is opposition from their parents. This may limit the ways in which you can practice, and you'll receive advice and sympathy here in dealing with having to stay "in the broom closet," so to speak.
Whether you've been practicing Wicca your entire life or just picked up a book and thought, "This sounds interesting, I'd like to know more," welcome!
As for myself? I'm an 18 year old college student, who has been studying Wicca and other Pagan/Neo-Pagan and Eastern religions for almost seven years. I've spent that time culling out many different aspects of various traditions, combining them into a hodgepodge of blended belief that I most closely identify with Wicca. I would best describe my belief as Eclectic Solitary Wicca. Part of the reason that I started this community is that I would like to socialize more with other Wiccans - it's incredibly isolating practicing by myself for so long, and I feel that I have a lot to be learned from other practitioners, not just books and websites!
So, Wiccan, Pagan, or not at all, welcome. I hope that you find what you wanted to from this community, and I hope that in time, this will become an active community of friendly, like-minded young adults.
Brightest Blessings, and have a very happy day!
[status: Saying a blessing that I do well on my History final today!]