what do pagans believe?

got this from a great site called Pagan Portal –

“The word “Pagan” comes from the latin word “Paganus” which translate into “country dweller”.

Pagans believe that all things existing in the universe are connected.
We all share an energy, life force…we are all a part of the Divine.
Because of this inter-connectedness, we can use our energy to communicate with other energies and the Divine to help bring about changes or improvements we need in our life or the lives of others.  This is often done through ritual. We may just want to communicate to give ourselves a sense of peace and belonging or even to thank the divine and show our appreciation.

Methods of using our energy to interact with the universe vary depending on the tradition passed on and used by the individual; but most traditions use meditation, visualization, singing, dancing in a ritual to help the mind focus and make our energy more powerful.

Pagans also have a very high reverence for nature.  Many of their rituals are performed at holidays and celebrations that directly correspond to the changing seasons.  Early pagans, country dwellers,  relied on seasonal good weather for the survival of their livestock and crops.

So as you can see, Pagans, which include those referred to as witches, are nothing like Hollywood’s evil devil worshiping spell casters.  In fact, Pagans don’t even believe in the devil.  They believe the devil was something conjured up by those that wanted to scare people into becoming Christians.

Pagans are (harmless) nature loving people communing with the universe!

Blessed be to all the wonderful Pagans!”

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Thursday thought…

…to meditate on, perhaps?

“When I say witchcraft is a spirituality, I mean it is a spiritual path.  You walk it for nourishment of the soul, to commune with the life force of the universe, and to thereby better know your own life.  Witchcraft is a daily commitment to renew yourself in the cycles of the Earth, to synchronize yourself with the powers in life.”
(C. Penczak, The Inner Temple of Witchcraft)

Spirit-of-Nature

Merry Meet!

Hello, world.

I decided I need a place to record my magickal musings – I have a private Book of Shadows, but I share with my “tribe” often, so an easily accessible online page seemed like the place to record these nuggets of wisdom as I learn them.  An online, share-able magickal journal, if you will.  With the added bonus of being searchable – the worst part of paper journals is flipping through 75 pages to find that ONE Beltane ritual you wrote down two years ago…

Magick?  Ritual?  I can see the scowls on some faces now. No matter.

I am what you’d called a Pagan Pantheist.  Or maybe a Pagan Panentheist.  Honestly, I am still trying to decide.  I go back and forth, and expect that one day I will suddenly KNOW, deep down, which I resonate more with.  In the meantime, it doesn’t matter – this small point does not affect my daily life in any noticeable way.

I am a Pantheist/Panentheist because I believe that the Divine, Source, God (whatever you like to use) is in ALL.  My internal debate is whether the Universe and the Divine are the same, or if the Universe is a PART of the Divine.  (See my dilemma?)

I am a Pagan (root of the word meaning rustic, country dwellers) because I find the Divine in nature, and believe any number of archetypes can be powerfully used to invoke the sacred within ourselves.  One Source, but many, many manifestations of it – and any can be considered sacred and powerful.  Gods, Goddesses, trees, rocks, vibrations and sounds, magnificent locations, animals, saints…the list goes on.  (What’s powerful for you?)

I’ve found a lot of excellent blogs, videos, and books as I study the path of spirit.  My only wish is that they might occasionally be divided into smaller, more mentally-digestable chunks of information.  If something is connected to spirit or myth, I often have to let it sink in for a while before moving to the next part.  So, here, we will have pagan pantheist pieces.  Literally. Small, easy pieces.

I am a:
Thirty-something,
Happily married,
Childless-as-of-today-but-parent-of-three-furry-children,
Professionally employed,
Continually seeking,
Woman.

And these are my musings.

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