Paganism

Discussion in 'Religion' started by Tery, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. Tery
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    Tery Moderator Moderator

    Many of you know that I am a Wiccan. Wicca is a Pagan religion. While Wiccans are Pagan, not all Pagans are Wiccan. Confusing? Nah. Paganism or, more aptly, Neo-Paganism, is an umbrella term for many different sects. Among the sects besides Wicca: Celtic, Egyptian, Greek, Norse, Roman, Druidism, Shamanism... Pagans -- like Christians -- can be strictly sectarian and stick to only the beliefs of their sect. Many Pagans, myself included, are eclectic. But that doesn't mean we can just pick willy-nilly from whatever we like. We have to understand the traditions we borrow from. Some Pagans are also Christian, choosing to follow the philosophy of Jesus (as opposed to Peter) while also being open to pantheism and other Pagan tenets.

    The important thing to remember is that there is no "Pope" or "Bible" for Paganism. Each person is their own priest/ess and makes decisions for themselves as to tenets, gods, etc. However, there are two "laws" that most every Pagan, no matter the sect, follows. The first is known as the Wiccan Rede ("rede" is an old word meaning, "advice")

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    This means that you can do as you wish... as long as you harm nobody, including yourself. The accompanying rule is known as The Law of Threefold Return. Basically, it's a "reap what you sow" thing... times three.

    Pagans decide which deities they worship (or none at all) but we all believe that the Divine manifests as male and female: god and goddess.

    There is much more than this. But one thing you must understand: Pagans do NOT worship satan or the devil. That entity is of Christianity, not us.

    Please feel free to share if you are Pagan. Or to ask about us if you are not. Blessed Be.
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  2. GNTLGNT
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...thank you Tery, I find that fascinating....any good reading out there on Druids??...I've often joked about being one-and hell, maybe I do share some traits...
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    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    Very interesting, thanks for sharing Tery!
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    Spideyman Uber Member

    Thank you Tery. Would love to hear more about Wicca. There used to be a group not far from here, but over the years I've lost track of what happened to them. I can remember seeing notices about meetings. Please do post more about Wicca.
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    Autumn Gust Well-Known Member

    I'm also a Wiccan. I find there is much confusion and suspicion about Wicca and Paganism in general. Your post, Tery, is a great basic introduction for people who are not familiar with our way of life.
  6. DiO'Bolic
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    DiO'Bolic Mr. Man

    When I think of Paganism the vision of blood sacrifices often comes to mind. I know blood sacrifices isn’t reserved solely to Paganism and is found in the bible regarding Judaism (and is still practiced today by Orthodox Jewish specialists as part of Kosher butchering). Do some Wiccans practicing Neo-Paganism still incorporate blood sacrifices? And if so, what is the purpose?
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    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    Very interesting, I look forward to hearing more on this post. Thank you.
  8. king family fan
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    king family fan Prolific member

    Thanks for sharing. I find this quite interesting.
  9. skimom2
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    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

  10. ghost19
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    ghost19 .....Damn Zombies.....

    Did you say "Druids" or "Dullards"? Because I have a pedigree from the Dullard clan going way, way back. :)
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    Autumnlyn BOOYA!

    YAY!!! Finally a subject in our 'religion' section that I can comment on :) Usually, I lurk...reading but not commenting on religion threads for various reasons. Paganism is something that I can post on with a glad heart.

    Blessed be.
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

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    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    I do not wish to offend anyone here so take this as just a dumb comment -

    the only time I ever heard about pagans was when the nuns (back in the 60s at Catholic school) told us to "pray for the pagans"
    (or maybe they meant penguins?? - cuz they did dress like penguins in those black and white habits) :hmm:
  16. Angelo Bottigliero
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    Angelo Bottigliero Well-Known Member

    I myself am not, but my mother is into Wicca, the 'do onto others...' philosophy, and also does Reiki. So I kind of grew up with that. She is also pretty into mythology, especially the creatures like hobgoblins, fairies, leprachauns. (Not saying she believes in them :p). She is also the owner of a lange amount of witches: dolls, statues, pictures... Our daughter calls her 'witch-grandma :D'
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    ghost19 .....Damn Zombies.....

    Looks a little like my family but with more teeth and better shoes......
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    Thanks Giant :) One of the finest men I ever knew was a world-renowned expert on Druidism and was a Druid himself. We lost Issac a few years ago but his books remain the best on the subject. I suggest this one to begin with:

    Bonewits's Essential Guide to Druidism
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    You think that because you've been told to think that for 2 thousand years. Certainly every culture practiced blood sacrifice -- human and animal -- for many years before we all became civilized. Blood sacrifice is not usually a part of modern Paganism. However, some of us may use blood in certain cases, usually when we are working for something BIG (healing for somebody with cancer, maybe, or trying to get an important job). But we've found a much better way to "spill blood" - we go donate a pint. That way, we use the energy that blood carries (as the "wine of life") but no living thing is harmed and we do something useful at the same time.

    BTW, the sacrament of the wafer and wine was "lifted" from Greek Mystery religions. We still do this in Pagan worship circles as Cakes and Ale.
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    Nah, they meant pagans (and maybe Pagans, too). Of course, when the Roman Catholic church came into power, "pagan" meant something different. It literally means "one who dwells in the country"... in other words, hicks. "Heathens" has much the same meaning just the Celtic version. The implication being that hicks didn't follow the trend of the cities which was, at that time, Christianity. So pagan (small "p") came to mean non-Christian. Does that help? :)

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