Guest Post: Lamyka says Pagan Family Comes First

Find other posts related to this topic on the link round-up post!Since we’re all busy people I’ll sum up this article in one phrase: We’re all together in this. The so-called debate over ‘yes, we’re all’ Pagans, ‘yes, but not me’ Pagans, & ‘yes, but not those’ Pagans is just the newest underwhelming pimple to grace the arse of the Community. I ask all of you reading this, a single question: What purpose does it serve to divide an already simplistic, overly generalized term further?Whether … [Read more...]

UPDATED-Link Round-Up: Is the Pagan Label/Community Useful?

*EVEN MORE new links added below*Polytheists are making the argument that their communities thrive better without the Pagan label and community, and it's generated a boatload of discussion. Here's a lists of posts discussing this issue, beginning with the post that set the ball, or some might say golden apple, rolling.*An interview with Drew Jacob, an article by T. Thorn Coyle and column by Eric Scott are forthcoming and will be linked here along with any other relevant responses to this … [Read more...]

Real World Benefits of Not Being Pagan

Find other posts related to this topic on the link round-up post!When Drew Jacob wrote his post yesterday, I commented "some even claim that their religious communities actually thrive after they leave the Pagan label and community behind."I think a lot of people overlooked that point. People began to argue semantics, the history and meaning of the term Pagan, the need for solidarity, and what that label means for their personal identity. Few considered what it means that while not changing … [Read more...]

Choosing to Remain Under the Pagan Umbrella

Find other posts related to this topic on the link round-up post!A few years ago I expressed something very similar to what Drew expressed in his article “Why I'm not Pagan” - except he expressed it with far more tact and grace than I did. I had been looking around at the Pagan community and had a moment of realization that the community is defining people like me (polytheists) out of the group. The conversation that resulted surprised me. Feelings were hurt and friendships were lost. I've bee … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Resa says Labeling Is Complicated

Find other posts related to this topic on the link round-up post!Is there a Name for Me?Back in the Olden Days, and by that I mean the 1980's, I used to call myself a "pagan". I did this mostly out of respect for the Wiccans and Witches in the New Age community. At that moment in time, "wiccan" meant one thing and "witch" meant quite another, and I was neither of these.Wiccans were folks who belonged to the initiatory traditions descended from Gardnerian Wicca. Witches were either folks … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Vopiscus says it’s a Matter of Values

Find other posts related to this topic on the link round-up post!A vital element for genuine community and solidarity is a shared and accepted body of values.Reconstructionists and members of ethnic polytheistic traditions feel that there is a significant difference between their own beliefs and values and those of Neopagans to feel justified in regarding themselves as a separate and distinct religious community. This difference (perhaps even conflict) of values revolves around where each … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Marcel says Polytheist has fewer Preconceived Notions

Find other posts related to this topic on the link round-up post!I'm a Gaelic Polytheist - I haven't identified as a Pagan in so long that I'm not sure when the last time I did so actually was.There were a couple of primary reasons for thisthere's far too much confusion, misinformation, and disinformation, out there regarding what a Pagan is and what a Pagan believes. There are, for example, different sects of mainstream monotheism but they all have the same God.... modern or … [Read more...]

Guest Post: David Salisbury says Vocabulary is a Privilege

Find other posts related to this topic on the link round-up post!Vocabulary is a privilege. Because those in the Pagan sphere have such diversified sets of language, we get the privilege of using language that suits our needs and the needs of our work when we need to. There aren't many faith traditions that get to interchange the language they used to describe themselves. In fact, the Christian clergy I know often lament the lack of freedom they have in describing their faith … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Tess Dawson on her Unrequited Love for Pagans

The fact of the matter is I'm weary of reminding Pagans that I’m included in the same category. And I’m so very discouraged that my religion is written out of many common makeshift definitions of Paganism.My religion is not completely “nature-based” or “earth-based.” I do not follow the Wiccan Rede or honor the Wheel of the Year, I don’t cast circles, I don’t worship The Goddess and The God, I don’t call upon the Four Elements, I don’t see the deities as archetypes. I don’t use the Indian chakr … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Laura LaVoie says Pagans need to present United Front

Find other posts related to this topic on the link round-up post!I use the term Pagan to describe myself. I am neither a reconstructionist nor am I Wiccan so Pagan seems to be the most reasonable description. Polytheist would also suffice but I kind of like the term Pagan and it is easily recognizable so it suits me. If I want to get more descriptive I would say Hellenic Pagan. What an individual wants to label themselves is none of my concern, ultimately.However, where I start to get … [Read more...]