Thursday, April 15, 2010

My Spirituality

In 1973, I was baptized in a Lutheran Church and I haven't attended many Lutheran services since then.

My parents were not big on church, so when I went it was with friends or alone. I went to many Christian churches and attended Bible Camp.

As an adult, I have been to Catholic, UU, Baptist, Penecostal, and Church of Christ services. I have also been to a Shabbat.

I have been through the classes to become a Catholic and even had my marriage blessed in a Catholic Church.

I left the Catholic Church in mid- 2002 when I was told that God had a dress code.

Before I tell you how I label myself, let me tell you my beliefs.

I practice magick. I am a Reiki Master. I am a Priestess of Kitchen Witchery. I am a High Priestess of Celtic Fae. I follow Rhiannon, Brigit, Morgan, and Bast. I use Cernunnos, Loki, or Hotei, if I need a God for something. I get visions and use dream magick.I use divination - runes, tarot, astrology, numerology, and tea readings monthly. I watch the moon phases and pay attention to natal charts. I practice do what you will, but harm none. It is also called the Golden Rule.

I believe there is something to learn from every religion and every religion is valid.

I attend church services and functions regularly. Just 2 weeks ago, I was at the local Church of Christ service. Next week, I will attend a service at my in laws Baptist church. I love learning from different churches, but one service a month usually reminds me why I don't label myself a Christian.

I am all for homosexuality and the freedom to marry anyone. I think people should have the right to choose birth control. I am a big supporter of a Woman's right to choose. I do believe that Jesus Christ existed.

I don't believe Jesus Christ died on the cross for me and that there is no female counterpart to a God. I don't believe Mary was impregnated by God and Joseph just took this responsibility on because he was nice. I don't believe the time period Jesus supposedly was born in was winter. I don't understand why some Christians can't accept other religions.

I will teach my beliefs to my children.

My husband follows Morgan and Ares. He dislikes Christian church.

Ryan has had a paganning on December 31, 2007. He was blessed by Fae, Shaman, Druid, Catholic, and Christian representatives. My new baby will also have a paganning in September 2010.

So how do I label myself? I call myself a Pagan, but many friends label me as an Ecclectic Spiritualist.

9 comments:

  1. Interesting! I like how you have drawn inspiration for your spirituality from such a wide variety of sources. Fascinating stuff. I've been enjoying reading in your BoS on Chatter Scene, as well. I assume you have some kind of local community you join to honor your deities, or are you more solitary or pair oriented?

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  2. interesting and gives me more insight to you....

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  3. I tagged you on my blog! Just so you know... :)

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  4. Great post! I find it interesting some of the things you believe and don't believe. It's always nice and refreshing to see someone else's point of view.

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  5. From what I understand, Jesus being a Jew and all, they would've been making a pilgrimage to the temple. The 3 pilgrimage festivals are one in the fall, and 2 in the spring. So, either they were super early, or really late if he was born in the winter.

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  6. Very interesting, Leslie! Many people would never openly lay it out like you have - stating your likes/dislikes, beliefs, etc. Shows you have a handle on YOU. I kind of chuckled about the "dress code". I had to laugh. I'm not a Catholic and have my own opinions about that part of Chrisitanity. I'm thinking that that must be something they preach. I've never heard of such a thing. Typical "practice" is to wear your best. If your best is some jeans and a ratty tshirt, so be it! But I guess I don't even follow that thinking. I wear what I'm comfortable in. I grew up in a Church of Christ and now attent a (Southern) Baptist church. I don't always agree with the things being preached or taught. Right or wrong... it's right for ME.

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  7. It took me along time to feel secure in my spirituality, but it is so worth it.

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  8. Love that title, Eclectic Spiritualist! That would probably describe me best as well.

    I am so anti label, though, it isn't funny. If I were to cling to all the labels I could use to describe myself, I wouldn't be able to count all of them. Spiritually speaking, I have been searching to see if there is a "group" that is close to my beliefs, but I always feel I have to compromise on something to fit in.

    jenn from mru

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  9. Jenn - What are your beliefs?

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