What are the different religions such as wicca, druidism, and shamanism and can you explain some of them?
Depends on how broadly you define Paganism.
There are ancient Pagan religions still around: Shinto, Hinduism, many Tribal religions around the globe.
If you’re talking Neopagan religions, which I practice, there are many. (here are some)
Wicca: Obviously the most well known, came from Gardner’s observation on English Witchcraft Theatre. (Rosicrucian theatre) Specifically a group called the New Forest Coven.
Traditional Witchcraft: Usually evolved from some other Witchcraft theatre (Rosicrucian) group active in England in the early 20th Century. Most often claim to be more ancient through Christian Cunning-man traditions.
Druidry: 2 main groups, OBOD and ADF, and a lot of smaller groups, with varying theological models, all through somewhat a reconstruction of ancient Celtic Druidism.
Various Goddess Religions: (Reclaiming, Starhawk’s group, Dianic Wicca, etc) Religious who view the Goddess as the primary force in the universe.
Thelema: Can be classified as Pagan, follows a religion developed by the 20th century Occultist Aleister Crowley.
Asatru: (Heathenism, other Norse religion) a reconstruction of the Norse religion.
Reconstruction: (Greek, Roman, Lithuanian, etc) Groups who attempt to perfectly reconstruct a pre-Christian pagan tradition from a specific culture.
Eclectic: People who mix together ideas from different traditions to try to create a full, modern religion experience
Neoshamanism: Sort of a misnomer in my mind, I call this Animism, this religion tries to recreate a tribal religion. How humans lived for 200,000 years.
As always depends on the usage of Pagan as label.
Some consider “Pagan” to mean non-their Xian Sect, while others consider it non-Xian, & others to be non-Abrahambic. Personally the main definition I use is an umbrella term to describe all forms of Indigenous Old World Spirituality.
http://www.neopagan.net/PaganDefs.html puts that definition is not a historical context as an extra level.
Well dear, I’m a Wiccan and can tell you about that. Wicca has a ritual worship side, and a ritual spell casting side, each depends on the other. Some Wiccans only perform the rituals to celebrate the sabbats. There are eight sabbats a year, one every 45 days. There are quarter sabbats for the solstices and the equinoxs and the crossquarter sabbats in between the quarter sabbats. These are the most important of the sabbats. One does not perform magik spells on a sabbat, it is just bad form to do so. These days are set aside to honor the God and the Goddess and the Elementals. Each new Moon and each Full moon we have what are called Esbats and at these rituals we perform magik as a coven. Often we perform a magik spell and ritual at home on our own to honor the God and Goddess and cast a small little minor spell, or sometimes a full circle pull out all stops big spell.
Spells disturb the background flow of the energy that makes up everything there is. If you disturb it in the correct way with enough energy it causes the little things to happen in sequence to make the spell come true. It’s just amazing but isn’t as dramatic as those depicted in Hollywood. There is no flashes of light although we have a witch whose crystal at the end of his staff glows at times just from his energy.
speaking of energy, when one works with a coven, energy builds up inside of the participants. Often it can just cause some discomfort and muscle cramps. Once in awhile, it will cause a participant to just keel over and pass out. That’s why we do this thing called “Shielding”. We also do this thing called “grounding” to release built up energy after the spell has been done.
Raising energy for a spell can involve many things, usually dancing and chanting and then a big release to send the spell on. That really disturbs the cosmic ether. There are other ways but lets keep it simple right now.
We open the circle and have a social hour after circle and enjoy one another’s company and then get on with our lives.
My coven isn’t so formal, basically we are all solitary witches and we get together for sabbats and esbats. We take turns being in charge of a circle and try not to pressure anyone. We hold our circles at our homes although a nice couple prefers to hold it at their home more often. We are a loving bunch so we try to accomodate everyone. We also perform crafts, we make stuff, candles, besoms (Witches Brooms), sew robes and cut out sachets and make poppits (cloth dolls for spells).
Some important things you should know about us, we do not have anything at all to do with the Christian entity of Satan. We follow a code of ethics called the “Wiccan Rede” and the main tenent of this is “An it harm none, Do as you will”. Basically we do not use spells to cause anyone pain or suffering or problems. We also follow the rule of three, what you send out you get returned to you three fold. So if we cast a spell to harm another, we harm ourselves worse.
We also say “Blessed Be” a lot. This is just a way of saying be blessed and comes from our initiation into the craft. One must study and practice a year and a day and be tested before one can be initiated. Blessed Be is a part of the initiation process.
Now if some kind Druid will explain their grove please.
I’m a Germanic Heathen.
I’m aware of the Hellenic, the Celtic, the Egyptian Roman and the Slavic reconstructionist pagan (heathen) movements.
Aside from that, there are wicca, druidism, khemetism… and a horde of eclectic paths :P.
well i am a pagan
most pagan religions are earth-worshipping
In wicca we believe in various goddesses & gods
Some of our holidays include Mabon & Samhain
Wiccans believe in ‘harm none’
( even thought alot of people think we put magical spells on people to harm)
* not every wiccan practices magic!
common wiccan sayings(atleast the ones i know)
Merry Meet- Wiccan greeting
Merry Part- Basically like saying ‘good-bye’
Blessed Be-May the goddess bless you
)o(- symbol of the triple goddesses- symbol of waxing, waning & full moon
Do some research. Shamans have been with us practically since the dawn of time, they are the healers and medicine men and commune with the spirit world. Wicca is a nature religion, as is druidism, although they have different roots and practices. You also have a multitude of gods from history and contemporary times. Christians consider any religion that does not worship Jesus to be pagan, so the range of beliefs and practices is incredibly broad.
wicca is just neo-paganism, then there’s, celtic paganism, hellenic, nordic, slavonic…that’s all the pagan stuff I know. that’s white magic believers
although not entirely pagan, catholicism, is entwangled with heathenism also with just a trace amount of Christianity thrown in to fool/decieve, what a religion huh? Constantine mixed up this batch long ago, one of their fav’s is the immortal soul doctrine which is the heart & soul of heathenism amongst others…God Bless
PAGANISM< epic failure