What is Paganism?

Paganism refers to the authentic religions of ancient Greece and Rome as well as surrounding areas. It originated from the Neolithic (Stone Age) era. The term, pagan, is derived from the Latin word, paganus, which means “country dweller”. In most cases, Pagans are polytheistic (belief in many gods). However, some Pagans are pantheists (belief that All is God, or All is One).

There are many different paths of Paganism. Think of it like this — there are different sects of Christianity (Baptist, Catholic, Methodist) and there are different “sects” of Paganism. Some of these paths include:

  • Asatru
  • Druidry
  • Eclectic
  • Egyptian
  • Goddess Spirituality
  • Hinduism
  • Kabbalah
  • Northern Tradition
  • Tantra
  • Wicca
  • Witchcraft

Please note that this is just a small handful of Pagan Paths — there are many Paths that have probably not even been discovered yet! The reason there are so many paths is because Paganism is truly a “what works for you” path. There is no dogma with Paganism as there are with other major world religions.

What are the Common Strands That Bind All These Paths Together as Being Pagan?

  1. Celebration of Deity/Deities, Their place in our lives and our connection with Them.
  2. Love and respect for nature and other living creatures.
  3. Tolerance of other people’s beliefs, especially spiritual, as long as they do not harm anything living.

As you can see, paganism is not just one belief system but a range of many from a variety of cultural and geographical origins.

As a spirituality that teaches reverence for nature and all Her aspects, celebrating fertility and life, it can be traced back to the earliest civilizations. Whether, like us you see Paganism today, as Neo-Paganism, a revival of the old religions, or an uninterrupted continuation of those beliefs since time began, calling yourself Pagan carries many responsibilities. It is not something to be taken lightly at all, there is no one there to tell you how to behave and there are no set of rules.

As long as you harm no one, including yourself, you do as you please, always remembering the Goddess and God aspect in yourself, and in everyone around you, and equally as important, always remember your duty to Mother Nature, in all her forms.

Magick-Mysticism-Religion

Magick being the spell work, Mysticism being initiations and the practice of certain rituals, and Religion, which is the devotional aspect of our beliefs, and practices.

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