March 17th, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
1. Katrina Ostrander/20/F
2. Springfield, OH
3. Parents are Lower Middle Class, I'm still in college
4. Some College
5. Writing Center Advisor
6. Democrats; Liberal
7. Northern Tradition
8. Generally I'll pray to various Gods/Goddesses, write poetry/prayers, give small offerings. I'm actively trying to "listen" to nature more, and I'm learning a great deal from an animal totem of mine right now. Divination also fits into my practice, particularly the Tarot and runes.
9. There is the All, from which springs man and plant animal and the Gods. There are spirits of individual animals, plants, the land and our ancestors. Above that, there is the collective unconscious, which is the human equivalent to Grandmother/father Bear/Otter/Raven. Even higher are the Gods of the various pantheons. I even believe to some extent in Yahweh, though I pay him no tribute.
11. I was in kindergarten, and fell in love with Sailor Moon. It wasn't until 4th grade that I found out about Takeuchi's manga, and from there it all went "downhill." =]
12. In high school, I'd say 3 hours a day, every day of the week, minimum.
13. I used to be.
14. Not anymore.
15. I have been to Anime conventions, but now my exposure lies mostly in the East Asian cultural events at my college--I am a Japanese minor.
16. Magic Knight Rayearth, Sailor Moon, and Card Captor Sakura.
17. 4. Although it doesn't exactly relate directly to Northern Tradition spirituality, I'd say that it did distinctly shape my ethics/aesthetics/notions about life in general. I have a heavily romanticized version of life, and I'll admit that it was definitely my desire to wield magic of my own (a la Sailor Moon or Hikaru from Rayearth, or even Sakura with her Clow Cards) that lead me down the pagan path. When my friend said she was a "witch" who could cast spells and lent me her Silver Ravenwolf books, that's what really lit the spark. I'd also have to say that the concept of spirits, magical beings, and multiple gods was also cemented by my love for fantastic anime. That was 8 years ago. Since then things have shifted more towards the gods that I've had mystical contact with. But I'll admit, albeit childishly, that I want to take up martial arts now, particularly swordplay, because of the kind of discipline it will teach me that can become a sort of spirituality in and of itself, and because it's a vestige of that childhood fantasy.
18. Probably Rei's shintoism in Sailor Moon. We studied it and confucianism a little in Global Studies, 10th grade. I wasn't until my East Asian Politics course in Fall of 08 that I began to seriously understand the religions in a cultural context.
20. I'm itching to learn Reiki as well as Shiatsu.
21. That would likely involve the magic spells and divination that have evolved out of that childish dream. Granted, I don't do either of those nearly as much now as I did in the early stages of my dabbling in "magick" and Wicca. I'd be lying though if I said it wouldn't be absolutely awesome to still point my hand, yell, "Honou no Ya!" and cast fireball. More so I'd say it just further cemented my fantasy obsession (granted, I'm also a huge fantasy novel buff, but I watched much more anime than I read books back in middle and high school). But getting my feet wet back then definitely prepared me for a more serious practice of paganism now. It kind of laid the foundation for my belief in more than meets the eye.