My background is a hodgepodge of family, friends, and book learning. My spiritual journey started when I was about 15 years old. I think around this age its normal for any teen to start thinking about religion. That year I had found a silver cross in my yard. It had been there for many years. I cleaned it up and wore it all that summer, but I was really uncertain if I should. I wouldn't say I was very religious. My mother proclaims herself to be a Methodist like her mother. However she has rarely stepped in a church and honestly unless someone brings up the topic she never speaks about God or anything else of a religious nature.
This was also around the time my future husband (Lance) and I were talking and spending time together. Lance had acquired a large selection of Pagan books that I began reading. He had previously dated a woman who was Wiccan. From her he had learned various Pagan things and met others in the Pagan community. He began introducing me to them. At first I thought them a bit weird but nice people. Over that summer and fall I learned more about Wicca and began to see that it fit some beliefs I've always believed as a child. I'd always felt there was a duality in nature that surly would be reflected in deity.
That same year, two weeks before Christmas my grandfather died from lung cancer. I took his death hard because he was the last part of my fathers family that was nice to me. At his funeral I placed the cross in his casket and shut the door on Christianity forever. I was simply not a Christian and felt the cross had a better home with him.
I would learn more and more over the years mostly from my husband and Pagan friends. I self dedicated to solitary eclectic Wicca when I was 21. At that time I sought a vision and received one from my patron Goddess Isis. I began to teach what I believe online to whoever was willing to listen. I became an ordained Minister through the Universal Life Church and I do spiritual counseling sometimes.
Lance and I join up with other Pagans during sabbots, otherwise we like to remain solitary. I continue to learn and teach. I don't think were ever done with either! I'm happy to be solitary most of the time with some socialization with the Pagan community a couple times a month. Recently we've moved to Ohio so we are faced with finding new local Pagans. Luckily there is a new circle forming not too far from where I live.
So there you have it. My first answer on the 44 days of Witchery.
Blessings, Love, and Light