What is Modern Paganism?

In this guide, we’ll talk about modern paganism.

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First let’s start by clearing a few things out of the way:

  • Paganism does NOT have anything to do with sacrificial ceremonies of animals, children, or people.
  • Pagans do not hate against religions, in fact, many of us welcome different spiritual and religious beliefs.
  • Pagans may not be witches and witches may not be pagan. This means that Paganism is simply the spiritual aspect whereas witchcraft is ceremonial magick.
  • Pagans do not always dress in all black. In fact, I like to dress pretty snazzily.
  • Pagans are not miserable people. In fact, pagans often choose to be happy and create their own life and spiritual practice, rather than wallow in self-pity.
  • Paganism is not a cult. We do not threaten people who want to go on a different spiritual path. We encourage others to explore their spiritual path.

Please also be aware that this article is based on my own values and beliefs as a Druid and Pagan, We are all different and if you ask ten pagans how they view the world you will most likely get a plethora and different opinions.

What is Paganism?

Paganism is defined as “A polytheistic or pantheistic nature-worshipping religion” as quoted from The Pagan Federation. This means that a pagan may worship one or many gods and goddesses. Pagans may also believe in may different values and beliefs.

So what is modern paganism?

Modern paganism basically means that a pagan may take core values from ancestral paganistic traditions and apply them to their own traditons and rituals.

For example, I worship Epona goddess of horses and Cernunnos god of animals, and the forest, But my deities and traditions I prefer to follow are of Celtic descent.

Beliefs/ Values

Modern Pagans have a few similar beliefs which are as follows

  • Respect for nature.
  • A passion for preserving the earth.
  • Not judging others for their choices or ways of life.
  • Living a joyous harmonious life without harming others.
  • Belief in bringing compassion back to humanity.
  • Respect and compassion for animals, and people.
  • Reincarnation,
  • Communicating with nature, animals, and even weather.
  • Tuning into nature, animals, stones, and our environment to gain spiritual knowledge or insight.
  • Being responsible for our choices, reactions, and how we choose to live life. We are the creator of our own destiny here on earth.
  • Understanding every choice has a consequence of whether that choice is harmful or not. It is also choosing to live a peaceful life at all times.

Practitioners of modern paganism may also engage in rituals such as journaling in tune with the moon cycles, celebrating moon cycles, and self-care rituals such as meditation, energy healing such as reiki, and mindfullness.

What Modern Paganism Is Not

  • It is not a social status. It does not make you a better person than anyone else in this life or any life following.
  • It is not a toy and is not meant to be used as a scare tactic or to gain control over someone who may not have similar beliefs.
  • We do not partake in sex orgies, drug, or alcohol enhanced magick or study.
  • We do not force or scare someone into our beliefs.
  • It is not a popularity contest to see who is more magical than the other either. We are all-powerful beings that can create positive vibrations and kindness into the world.

What are your spiritual beliefs?

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