Pagan/Wiccan Religion/Not sure if it was a vision

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I was getting ready for work when I reached over to grab something. All of a sudden I saw a wolf (white and grey) surrounded by blue. It was very brief and I'm not sure what to make of it. I have a feeling that it means something, but I don't know how to interpret it. I just starting learning more about Wicca, about 4 days ago I started researching. I've always felt like it was the path for me since I was in middle school, but when I expressed those ideas my father (who was Catholic)yelled at me and told me basically it was evil. So I stayed away from it, but just recently I felt drawn towards it again. I honestly don't remember how it started or why I thought of Wicca after all these years, but I've never felt more sure that this is the path for me. So I was wondering what this vision meant or where I could find the answer?

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Well, this might not seem like much of an answer, but it's really the best I can offer you.  You need to find the answers within yourself.  Only you can know if this was a symbol of a deeper calling into nature-honoring faiths.

But speaking from within the framework of Wicca and other Pagan belief systems, you did indeed have a vision.  It's along the lines of "This mission...should you choose to accept it..."  That is, you can just let it go as something odd that happened, or you can see it as an "invitation" from those realms beyond our everyday understanding.  The wolf is especially relevant here.  Wolf has inspired many people to start looking into new ways of experiencing the universe--including me.

If you feel the pull, if your inner self is finding true north in the nature paths, you really want to give it your consideration.  As my mentor told me once, "The Goddess chooses you.  And if She wants you for Her service, there's nowhere on earth to hide."  "Goddess" is a metaphor here, so you can write in whatever form of universal energy suits you.

Have a good journey!

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Rev. Emilie Conroy

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How does anyone ever learn about this stuff? What are the basics? Who will answer my questions without making me feel stupid? My friends, helping everyday folks learn what they really want to know is why I'm here. I help seekers with the nuts and bolts of our spiritual traditions--gaining knowledge, living the paths, rites of attunement and celebration, dealing with skeptics and naysayers, ethical and moral questions, the practical application of our philosophies to daily life, and the very base but crucial questions such as "What does it mean to be Wiccan/Pagan?" My job is to serve you and the Powers That Be.

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I think I had the best and healthiest spiritual upbringing a child could experience. To begin, my parents were themselves spiritual explorers, having thought through the mainstream dogma of their youth to a point of universal acceptance and a belief of the divine inherent in everything (and in nothing) . We had no labels and really didn’t need any. They taught me the basics of morality and ethics, and the significance of the intangible, that which really couldn’t be described in words. There were Neopagan and Wiccan influences, but I was encouraged to study and experience all faiths so that I might be of better service to humanity. I began my studies in depth with the Temple of the Ways, a progressive Wiccan-themed tradition celebrating the goddess Nehallenia. In addition to being an active member in the Re-Formed Congregation of the Goddess, I also began several new projects and initiatives—Spiral Way, Grove of the Seven Sisters, the Tribe of Theagenia, the Sisterhood of Themiskyra, and most recently the Melusines. I am a regular participant and occasional ritual leader in several local covens and circles. But I go where I am needed, and so I often serve as visiting clergy with other groups. My favorite action is when I attend interfaith gatherings as a representative of alternative faiths. I carry the community with me, and I am honored to speak as best I can on everyone’s behalf. Walking my path has been a sincere spiritual adventure, one that has challenged ideas of which I was once certain and one that has helped me develop new thoughts. That I have evolved in mind and spirit over the years is an absolute for me. At the end of the day, I would like to discover who we are and why are we here.

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I earned my BA from Muhlenberg College in History/Religious Studies/Linguistics in 1993, and went on to pursue graduate studies at Florida State University. I have both taken and taught independent coursework in the history of Neopaganism, Reconstructionism, group and individual therapy, group dynamics, and mediation/conflict resolution.

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