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How does one generally practice paganism, and how is wicca different from other branches of it?

Can one consider themselves pagan without believing in deities, as long as praising nature/Gaea and simply being spiritual?
I understand Wicca more than general paganism but what else is there, or what site can I get to understand the branches more? Are the four corners/chanting for Wicca, or others, since it involves multiple deities, I believe?
Perhaps any books to recommend?

Sorry for the vague and multiple questions, but thanks in advance!

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Forest Heart
Forest Heart
10 years ago

For some good basics on paganism, witchcraft, and wicca, and various traditions try www,witchvox.com. There are many essays there explaining various traditions and paths. As for believing in deities, there is variance in paganism. Some believe deities are archetypes rather than actual beings, some just recognize a life force rather than any particular personification. As far as praising nature, pagans seek to align themselves with the cycles of nature, and give honor to that which gives us life. Note: While Scott Cunningham books are good as an introduction to the genral “feel” of paganism and include some good basics, some… Read more »

Ard-Drui
Ard-Drui
10 years ago

Greetings! In most cases, Religion in cities was, and is, a cause of strife. Those who make money off of “religion” tend to promote their cause, even to the extreme of murder and war. Many Religions get along quite well without persecuting their neighbors, but many do not. “Pagan” is a term for people who do not accept dogma, do not force their views on others, and who find their own Way. Wicca was “re-discovered” by Gardner, and is a continuation of the Beliefs of the Folk of the British Isles, and your “four corners” were the “Airts” of the… Read more »

grelics
grelics
10 years ago

Paganism is a very broad term…it’s an umbrella under which many religions fall.
As for Wicca I agree with Brill – Scott Cunningham’s Guide for the Solitary Practioner is a must read. Also The Spiral Dance by Starhawk, and Buckland’s Big Book of Witchcraft off the top of my head.

I recommend http://www.magickaschool.com and their FREE basic Wicca course and an excellent forum for research and asking questions.

Blessed Be~

Brill
Brill
10 years ago

Depending on how you feel you can worship the deities or none at all (though it is hard to find books that dont mention the gods/goddesses), wicca is a very new religion and is probably one of the more open religions at that, I dont claim to know everything but I have done some research on the side and this is what I came up with I personally found an interest in Traditional Witchcraft, there is a long list, I will post a link to the different types… I have read some books by Cunningham, he is pretty good, I… Read more »

Defender
Defender
10 years ago

Eat lots of fried chicken until you smell like it and have become unattractively fat. Wear shirts with wolves on them and a pewter necklace of something socially offensive that makes you feel tough. Go hang out at game stores and conventions.

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