Re: Pagan/Wiccan/Occult Relationships
Interesting topic, pragmaster. I've known - and dated - a few Pagans and Wiccans, and done (a little) reading, study and participative exploration into the beliefs and practices of shamanism, Wicca, chakras, etc. I can't say that I'm aware of the connections with Buddhism (although I identify mostly as Buddhist/Taoist) or Hinduism (except the chakra concepts).
I think any of these practices can be helpful in spiritual development, just as many of the more mainstream practices can be. By "spiritual" I really mean psycho-social development, as I don't think there is any real supernatural or occult basis for any such belief or practice, including those in the mainstream. Even so, I really enjoyed my researches and experiences, and found some very useful and enlightening in a variety of ways. It's also enriching to explore and understand a little about a variety of worldviews.
Love is an ideal thing; marriage is a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
CELIBACY IS NOT HEREDITARY.