Like a lot of other Pagans, I didn’t start out that way. I was Christian, then Wiccan, now I consider myself a Solitary Eclectic Pagan.
For many, this is code fore “I mishmash traditions I don’t understand and do whatever I please.” This couldn’t be further from the truth. I personally found through years of research and practice that all in all, the divine feminine and masculine are the two main concepts of diety. The names are facets of jewels; different aspects of the same two forces. Hence I became Pagan instead of Wiccan or Hoodoo or any ONE tradition.
Being Eclectic means I can celebrate all the traditions which make me ME. I am biracial and multicultural so I can draw upon what jives with me and leave behind what doesn’t. Through trial and error, I can also discard rituals, prayers, and tools I do not need. It may be the epitome of D.I.Y. religion but is that really so bad? Is the man who prays while washing dishes better than the man who only prays in church? If the gods are everywhere, They won’t really quibble if I keep my athame on the right or left or if I use one at all.