Why I Am a Pagan

Clonegal Castle

I am Pagan because no other way makes sense. The living world speaks to me in every moment. My Paganism teaches me how to listen to that world, and also how to respond. [Read more...]

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Ritual, liturgy, and worship

Ritual

There are several different modes of ritual, which have different meanings and purposes. When writing rituals, you can deliberately make use of these different modes to create a different mood, depending on the purpose of your ritual. Sometimes a ritual can include more than one of these modes.
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Energy

Kirlian Photograph of a Coleus Leaf (1980)

If there is any objective external reality to the energies that Pagans talk about, then how might it work? There is an electromagnetic field around the Earth, and around anything through which electric current flows, including anything that is alive. If these energies are anything, then it must be something to do with electromagnetism.
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Deities and divinity

Ivory panel depciting the apotheosis of Quintus Aurelius Symmachus (c 340-402), the greatest orator of his day, a prominent pagan and opponent of Christian hegemony and intolerance. (Source: British Museum)

There are many different views of how deities relate to each other and to the universe. My personal view is that there is an underlying divine energy, which emanates from the divine source. In my view, neither the underlying energy nor the divine source have a personality. From the underlying energy, all beings emerge — humans, spirits, deities, and animals. [Read more...]

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Why I am a Wiccan

Pentacle of the seasons

Wicca is my tribe, my sangha, my dharma. Even when other Wiccans drive me crazy, they are still the people of my heart. [Read more...]

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Pagans and religious education

The Earth with symbols of different faiths around it

Some people might argue that Paganism benefits from its counter-cultural status, and that teaching it in UK schools will just make it too respectable and dull. On the other hand, given the negative stereotypes that circulate about Pagans among the general population, a bit of education about Pagan traditions would be a very good thing. [Read more...]

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Those who are not against us are with us

Sweet chestnut forest (source: Wikipedia)

I have always felt it would be better to define Paganism and Pagan traditions on their own terms. If we draw a contrast with some other tradition’s theology, we always reinforce a simplistic outsider’s view of that tradition. [Read more...]

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