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Awesome idea! I decided just to make one! It was a cool way to reflect on my own experiences.

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This quiz is based on my own experience leaving Christianity, and so is absolutely biased. But hopefully not in a way that makes others feel less than. I think the most beautiful part of paganism is its willingness to allow each individual to walk their own path and find their own truths.

For each question in this , select all of the answers that are true for you, even if there are more than one.

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Malatesa threw out the idea of writing a list of 13 things to consider when converting from Christianity to Paganism. I compiled my top 13 things that influenced me on my own journey (which comprised of nearly 4 years). This is very personal to me, but hopefully will resonate with a few of you, too. Also,  cred to Witch Ways and Wares, who commented that the number one consideration should be YOU.

13. How does the Bible make you feel? (For me, towards the end of my time in Christianity, I started noticing some really problematic parts of the bible. I mean, obviously they had alwasys been there, but they started really bothering me. Looking back, that was sort of the beginning of the end.)

12. Do you feel in alignment with the Christian community in general? (I found myself making excuses for beliefs and attitudes that were popular among Christians, but that didn't resonate with me personally. I didn't really agree, but I still felt like it was my identity, so I wanted to understand and justify.)

11. Have you found a worship community that feeds your soul? (Are you leaving your worship feeling renewed, refreshed, and ready to serve the world?)

10. Do you have questions that Christianity can't quite answer? 

9. Have you experienced spiritual experiences that do not fit in with the Christian worldview? (An example of this for me was some expeiences with fairies.)

8. Is it physically and emotionally safe for you to openly embrace paganism? (I was well into adulthood when I converted. So despite it being awkward with my conservative Christian family, I was living independently and knew that I would be just fine even if they chose to disown me. They did not choose that. I am lucky to have parents who cringe at my beliefs, yet love and embrace me as a person. And in fairness, I cringe at their beliefs, too.)

7. Do you believe that your access to divinity must come *through* another person?

6. Have you noticed that you have spiritual gifts that don't quite fit into the Christian worldview?

5. Are you ready to make your own discoveries about magic, the supernatural, and the divine? (One of my biggest draws to paganism is the openness to finding my own path.)

4. Do you feel drawn to ancient gods and godesses?

3. Do you find wisdom in a variety of places, from ancient texts to modern philosophies?

2. Are you okay with not knowing everything? (One of the hardest things about leaving was losing my complete and utter confidence that I KNEW how the world worked and what would happen after death. I have learned to embrace the unknown in a beautiful way.)

1. How do *you* feel? Where are you feeling led? When you envision your future self, where do you see yourself feeling like their highest self?

 

 

I left a demanding christian religion, too! And my poor parents are so worried about my soul.

What a gift from that shopkeeper!

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Melissa Cynova has written several books on Tarot and Witchcraft, and I absolutely LOVE this one. She is so funny and insightful and helps the reader begin reading tarot with confidence and trusting in their own intuition. I can't recommend it enough for anyone who is newer to reading tarot.

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I'd love to hear other's stories of discovering witchcraft or paganism. I can start.

When my kids were toddlers I wanted a spiritual community, and tried a local unitarian congregation. One of the women there runs a monthly full moon goddess circle (well, before COVID), which was my very first exposure to paganism. I was transformed. I went home and read everything I could get my hands on about witchcraft and earth worship. That was 4 years ago and I'm still learning so much.

I'd love to hear other's stories of discovering the craft. When my kids were toddlers I wanted a spiritual community, and tried a local unitarian congregation. One group does a monthly full moon goddess circle, which was my very first exposure to paganism. I was transformed. I went home and read everything I could get my hands on about witchcraft and earth worship. That was 4 years ago.

What a gift! Thanks for these ideas. I think I was struggling thinking it had to be some big thing. But it makes so much sense that my altar will come together organically.

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This is a shot of last year's garden, with mint, marigolds, and two types of squash sprawling all over the place. I just got my tomatoes and peppers in today!! I am iching for it to be summer!

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