Yay for Tag's!
This one is going around on YouTube, and since I can't yet work up the nerve to commit both my face and voice to film, I'll have to stick with blogging.
1). How did you encounter Paganism, Witchcraft or Magick for the First Time?
Assuming we're talking about modern religious Witchcraft, it would be a bunch of tawdry 60's and 70's era occultsploitation books written by the likes of Peter Haining and Hans Holzer where Sybil Leek, Maxine Sanders and Anton LaVey all lent their faces (and backsides) for the cause of modern occultsim, found at my local library. Honorable mention to the Brothers Grimm and that fab Queen with her mirror and poisoned fruit who remains my spirit animal.
2). What was your first book?
The Anatomy of Witchcraft by Peter Haining.
3). What was the first spell you ever performed?
The first "out of a book" type thing would have been Ed Fitch's Self Blessing, but that's not really a spell. I remember a red-candle and cord with petitions to Athena that I did in fifth grade while studying for the TAAS test. I totally aced it.
4). What was your first crystal or stone?
A quartz crystal - the first and only one I have ever owned. I collected rocks as a kid, but there has never been much woo associated with them for me.
5). Who was the first God and/or Goddess you encountered on your Path?
Jehovah, Satan and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Ha! The first non-JudeoChristian deity I ever encountered was Dionysus - in a story my first grade teacher (last name Wines) read to us.
6). How did you first meet other Pagans?
In college. When you major in theatre, you are bound to meet a few.
7). What was the first Festival, Meetup, or Public gathering you attended?
I went to an open circle Samhain event where altars were set up on beer coolers - I didn't stay. I went to an open Beltane event called Cinco de Mayfest while I was living in Houston. I haven't participated much in public Paganism.
8). What was the first class or workshop you took?
The first class my friend Trothwy gave when I was studying with her.
9). What the first chant you learned?
We All Come From The Goddess by Z Budapest.
10). What was the first method of divination you learned?
Farm wisdom, motherfuckers!
When the snails crawl out of the garden and onto the house, the rain is coming. You predict a harsh winter by studying the fur growth on the cattle. You can also predict winter weather by monitoring when the crickets show up after harvest season.
But, me and the tarot go way back as well. So, yeah, tarot.
11). What was your first tool?
Everything for the first few years was improvised from around the house and then put back when I was finished. The first tool I ever bought from an occult shop was a brass censer and I still use it.
12). What was the first method or exercise you learned for Energy work?
I remember reading Laurie Cabot's "Power of the Witch" and she said "you won't be able to shoot lightning out of your fingertips yet" and I've been trying to do that for the last twenty years.
In all seriousness, that "rub your hands together and feel the power, now make a ball of it and toss it to a friend" thing was probably the first.
13). What is a memorable or favorite First on your path that wasn't included in the above questions?
The time my parents came home to a house full of incense smoke and the smell of burned parchment paper. My dad suggested I take up a hobby that didn't stink up the house. A much put upon me screamed "This is Witchcraft! It's supposed to stink!"