One of the occasions previously I was visiting on my own, and me and mum held a full moon ritual together (my mum generally subscribing to being a CoE christian but having been in seasonal and moon rites with me before). Discussing the subject of Paganism and theology that day my mum was showing some Pagan leanings, no doubt influence from my developing path while living there.
So this time I generally asked if she'd had anything more of her 'Pagan leanings', knowing she had already conducted a full moon rite on her own,and the response was non-commital referring to being too busy for any sort of spiritual stuff, which is fair enough since she has a lot on her plate at the minute.
The thought did occur to me though, that perhaps she, like many others out there, had an interest in the Pagan path but has no idea as to where to start. There are a mass of forums out there dedicated to Pagan topics and the amount of posts from newcomers asking (what many already travelling would consider trivial) questions about virtually everything says to me that despite the fact the market is overflowing with 101 and intro books on Paganism and Witchcraft in particular as well as websites dedicated to the same newcomers still have confusion as to where to start!
So, for those interested, here's a few tips:
- Start simple. Think about what it is about the Pagan path that attracts you, mostly I mean the theology. Think about what it is you hold as your core beliefs about divinity, the world around you and everything spiritual and build on that.
- Stay simple. To begin with keep your spiritual practise basic, don't run before you can walk. If you choose to worship deitie(s) then worship and practise in a way that makes you feel spiritually fulfilled (as really that's part of the point of spirituality isn't it?).
- Do your research. If you decide to follow a specific path, or worship specific deities then do as much research as possible, then do some more! The more you know about your path and God(s) the more your practise and path can develop and grow naturally and organically.
- Go with the flow. Let your path grow and change as you do, and don't be afraid to disregard beliefs and practises that you feel no longer apply to you or they will just serve to hold you back and prevent you developing further.