I've never grown out of the "I believe in magic phase". Even in grade school (6-8th grade), I was interested in being a wiccan, and was called a witch before I really became one. I never really felt right with the belief in one god and that single god being male. When I looked around I saw that everything comes from a being that has both genders, no genders or there is more than one being different genders. one god in one gender just didn't make sense.
I got really into it in high school after I found that I had a very strong case of empathy. So strong I needed to learn how to close myself off because it was growing. I started reading back up on it and it just really made sense to me.
It was hard because my whole family is Christian. They are not ignorant though. They DO know that wicca and all of this does not mean "satan worshipers" -well, my dad doesn't...but he's also racist and sexist and so on..... so he doesn't count. I'm not going to tell them yet, but my fiance does know and accepts me. :)
I tried to not stay on this path, but I keep being drawn back to it, so I believe that my beliefs won't be changing too much....however, anything could happen.
Well to answer your first question, I have always been interested. I have some friends who are pagan and when I listened to what they had to say I became further interested, then I started looking on line at articles and stuff.
To answer your second question after reading some articles I decided to proceed forward, I am writing my own Book of Shadows and I set up my own altar.
To answer your third. Sure why not?
I had been interested in Paganism for some time, but I then found a Traditional training coven and was immediately filled with a desire to undergo formal Wiccan training and initiation. I am now a 3rd degree High Priestess who runs a coven in my Tradition. In two years, I will retire from leading a coven, but will still be involved in my local and national Trad in various ways, from teaching to regional coordination and stuff like that. Once you're a HPS, you kinda don't stop serving, although you can change how you serve. I look forward to not running a coven...I love it but it's exhausting and expensive.
My soul compels me. How can you go against the purity of the soul instilled that is of the higher will. 2. I don't know about that, their is much unknown and there is so much violence. 3. I don't know of my future path in any way.