|The Polyamorous Pagan|
|Paganism - You're not Wiccan?
Well, actually, you can be. What we here at the PP are promoting is earth-based religions in general, rather then being very specific. This means that we include Wiccans, Druids, Shamans, etc. under the "blanket" of paganism. But what IS paganism? Here's the definition, straight from MW:
Main Entry: pa*gan*ism
1 a: pagan beliefs or practices b: a pagan religion
2: the quality or state of being a pagan.
(Doesn't MW piss you off sometimes? Here's Pagan itself:)
Main Entry: pa*gan
1: Heathen; especially: a follower of a polytheistic religion (as in ancient rome)
2: one who has little or no religion and who delights in sensual pleasures and material goods : an irreligious or hedonistic person
(ok, here we go again:)
Main Entry: neo-pa*gan
: a person who practices a contemporary form of paganism (as Wicca)
So, there we have it. Going off the above definitions, you can be pagan without being Wiccan, but you can't be Wiccan without also being pagan. But what is the actual practice itself? Well, in general, pagans believe in a Goddess and a God, which are separate halves of a single whole, commonly known as The One or The Diety. Pagans also believe in the sanctity of the Earth itself, viewing the Earth as a holy representation of diety itself. The sun, held commonly in a masculine view, is also worshiped, as is the moon, which is commonly seen as being female in nature. Pagans believe in the theory of reincarnation. Each life is lived to teach us something new, and as we are all a part of The One the life is never lost, only changed through the vessel of death and rebirth. We seek to be kind to those around us, knowing that karmic justice is frequently swift. You know what the coolest thing about having pagans as friends is, don't you? They worship the ground you walk on. (rimshot)
All in all, we're pretty nice people. :)