Help, I Have No Idea What A Pagan Is!
"Hold me, I'm frightened!" you may be saying. "I've heard so many odd things about witches and heathens and pagans!"
We're not that scary. We promise.
The word “Pagan” encompasses a vast range of earth-based religions and spiritualities. For every Pagan, there is a unique expression of faith. What most Pagans have in common is what we celebrate: the natural world, our chosen Gods, our Ancestors, and our People.
What is Paganism?
Paganism or neo-Paganism is an umbrella term that refers to any of the non-Abrahamic religions. It may include:
* Wicca *
* Witchcraft *
* Druidism *
* Hinduism *
* Buddhism *
* Santeria *
* Kemet *
* Heathenry or Asatru *
* Satanism or Luciferianism *
* Voodoo, Voudon, and Hoodoo *
* Reconstructionism, such as Hellenic, Roman, or Celtic *
Pagans often practice polytheism - the belief in more than one god or goddess. Some Pagans worship whole pantheons of deities, such as the Egyptian or Norse pantheons.
What Do Pagans Do?
Pagan religions are often earth-centered, meaning their religious observances focus on not just on deities, but also on elements of the natural world. Earth-centered spiritual observations may include:
* Celebrating the pattern of the seasons *
* Marking the solar and lunar cycles *
* Following the movement of the planets and other celestial bodies *
* Respecting the cycle of life, death, and rebirth *
* The veneration and conservation of nature *
Many Pagans believe in animism - the concept that all things in the natural world have a spark of divine energy. Because of this, some Pagans also practice magic - the concentration of will to bring about needed change.