Future of Paganism
Niche Religions: Your Own Personal Paganism?
Indeed, this sort of niche religious activity is going on even now within many movements of modern Paganism, from individual ADF Groves to local Hellenic fellowships to any number of Wiccan covens across the globe. These small, but not insular, groups have often been the norm for Paganism, and should continue to be.
In a world in which "bigger" means "better," where large populations are always portrayed as being "more right" and "normative" than small ones, and where the "megachurch" has been asserted as a model of religious (advertising!) success in a wider climate of flagging church attendance, Paganism should not be swayed by these common opinions or religious models in attempting to shape future Pagan practices and understandings of success. "Religious success" can only be measured by the overall quality of life (which does not necessarily equate to wealth and affluence!) of its members, and whether or not religion and religious activities are a joyful and enriching dimension to these qualities of life, rather than a guilt-inducing or burdensome chore or perceived requirement within them.
If one's own Paganism, consisting of an entirely unique and specific niche that is wholly "Here" in its implications, is also life-giving, ennobling, virtuous, and productive, then it needs to be nothing more than that for the individual. One practice done by one person well and fully is worth much more to the world than thirty-thousand people in an organization doing lukewarm work in a structure they did not create and in which they have neither personal spiritual investment nor deep identification.
P. Sufenas Virius Lupus is a founding member of the Ekklesía Antínoou (a queer, Graeco-Roman-Egyptian syncretist reconstructionist polytheist religious group dedicated to Antinous, the deified lover of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and other related gods and divine figures), a contributing member of Neos Alexandria, and a Celtic Reconstructionist Pagan. Lupus' work is published in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina volumes dedicated to Hekate, Isis and Serapis, and Artemis, with upcoming writings and poems in the devotionals to Zeus, Pan, and the Dioskouroi. He has published a book of poems, The Phillupic Hymns (2008), and also has poems printed in the Scarlet Imprint anthology Datura: An Anthology of Esoteric Poesis (2010).