Hey, I'm new to pokepaganism and want to reach out to find a pokemon to work with, but idk how. Any help?
My #pokemon companions tag on my blog has a lot of useful information from myself and other Poképagans I’ve reblogged from. I’d give it a look!
As for general starting advice, here are some ways to go:
Meditation. I’m really bad at meditation, but I know for many it’s essential to their practice. Meditate, reflect on yourself, your thoughts and feelings. See if you get a better understanding of what you want and who you are. Maybe the perfect Pokémon will come to mind.
Divination. Pendulums, Tarot cards, Runes, etc. Since I’m most familiar with Tarot, here’s some examples. Do some readings. Does the cups suit appear a lot during a Tarot reading? Could be indicating a water type or fairy type. (Fairy=emotions seems like a good fit for cups.) Swords? Flying or psychic perhaps. (Swords=air/mind.) Lots of cards with 2 in them? Could be a gen 2 Pokémon. Could be a Pokémon with two heads. (Okay, a little too literal there.) Let’s say your readings keep saying your biggest concern right now is school. A psychic type can help you focus your knowledge, and fighting types too are really good at promoting self-discipline. A “Fool” card might mean “hey, you should pick one of the regional starters” since you’re just starting your journey. …Or it might just mean Slowpoke.
Research. Just learn a bunch more about a bunch of Pokémon. Their anime/manga/game appearances, their movesets, their Pokédex entries, what their designs are based on, their fandom interpretations/common theories about them. The more you know about Pokémon, the more informed your choices can be. There’s a lot of Pokémon and there’s always more to learn about them.
Signs. If you feel like you keep interacting with signs in your daily life that seem to point towards a particular Pokémon, or at least a sort of type of Pokémon, pay attention to how you feel about these signs.
Just Try It. You don’t have to commit to having a Pokémon as your main Pokémon right away. Ash and Pikachu’s relationship developed with time and patience. But you can just start interacting with Pokémon and seeing how you work together. Maybe it develops into something, maybe not. There’s no rush to pick your main companion right away. What’s the most recent Pokémon game you’ve played? Look at your main team. Maybe try starting there? What’s your favorite Pokémon? Is it a powerful legendary, and does that seem overwhelming? Okay, start smaller. Favorite starter? Favorite regional bird? Favorite early-game bug type? Slowpoke?
If anyone wants to share advice/their own stories in the replies/reblogs to help this person out, go for it!