So.. you might have heard this word before and you might even be part of the Pagan community. That’s awesome! But if you aren’t familiar with what a “Pagan” is, then here it is in a nutshell for you.
The word “Pagan” is very old and originally referred to anyone who wasn’t Christian. In that context, Pagan is a very broad and very vague word.
Today, it has come to refer to many different nature-based religions or those who have been revived from ancient, pre-Christian cultures, such as Egyptian, Mayan, and Nordic traditions.
Among Pagans, there is a ton of variety – there are several codified traditions, which means that all the members share the same beliefs and practices, such as Dianic, Wiccan, and Santeria. But a majority of Pagans are “Ecclectic” – meaning they choose what they believe and no two people share the exact same beliefs. These beliefs may include:
Belief in nature spirits (fairies, elementals, etc.)
Worship of the Earth as Mother
Belief in a specific diety, pantheon of dieties, or other divine elements
Belief in life after death
Belief in a soul separate from the body
Belief in the 4 (5) elements as building blocks of the Universe
Celebration of the seasons
Traditional farming practices
Celebration of the moon cycles
Practice of Magic and spells
Work with spirits, the deceased, and our ancestors
Work with animals and animal spirits
Study of other religions, practices, and beliefs
Connection to the land
Stewards of the environment
This is by no means an exhaustive list – just a quick list of what is out there.