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Pagans, why do you take the title 'Pagan?'?

Are you Wiccan? Are you a Druid? Do you believe in Magick? Are you a Pantheist? An Animist? A Shaman? An Atheist or Agnostic who believes there could be “something” but it’s certainly not in a Book, any Book? Believe we’re in a New Age?
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For me, Pagan has been a term that has worked for my own spiritual search since 2001, when I was a Catholic. I then converted to Buddhism and then to Wicca. My journey, not linear at all, includes times as an Agnostic, into Shamanism, as a Polytheist, a Mystic, a Heathen, as a Neoplatonist, and many other places as my will takes me. Pagan though, is a term that works well for me within my current journey. For me, it’s about freedom.
Gl: Trust me, some Chaos Mages I know are atheists, and believe in no Deity at all, but still consider themselves Pagan. (or use the title as they see fit)

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  1. Precisely. You are a typical Pagan and like most, have investigated religions thoroughly and have listened to the voice within you. Belief cannot be taught as it is at the very core of each of us and you have to find out what feels right for you.
    Paganism certainly means freedom in my book too. Pagans follow many paths and rejoice in the diversity.
    The term Wiccan is used in the States for most forms of Paganism but in the UK only denotes those that follow a path preprescribed by others. Mainly Gardnerian and Alexandrian.
    I am a Witch but not Wiccan as I do not believe in any gods, only the aspects of what they were meant to stand for when they were created as myths.
    Paganism allows people to follow their hearts.

  2. wow you’ve had a lot of time on your hands
    i still find myself able to do whatever i want….isn’t that freedom?
    guess they take it cause its already there

  3. Originally, the word “pagan” was a derogatory term used by the Romans.
    Origin of the word “pagan” from dictionary.com:
    1. “pāgānus” = worshiper of false gods, orig. civilian (i.e., not a soldier of Christ),
    2. “pāgānus” = peasant, rural, civilian, deriv. of pāgus village, rural district (akin to pangere to fix, make fast)…
    So, “pagan” generally was a designation for the country peoples’ religion (eg. related to seasonal planting and harvest… because that is what their lives revolved around).
    Pagan is not the only label I give myself, but I take upon me that title because I am a rural peasant, lol.
    I have reverence for the changing seasons.
    I also worship Christ.
    For me, “child of Heavenly Parents” is what makes me feel free. Our potential is infinite.

  4. I was from a Muslim background, but I found a deeper connection with Paganism, Asatru, and other earth traditions. I’m still in a phase of learning and spiritual discovery, so I feel like the most comfortable with eclectic paganism, if I must choose a label. Though I find that difficult to do at the moment.

  5. Honestly? I don’t normally. I take the title Heathen.
    Yeah Yeah I know the arguments on the technicalities on this. But I prefer it so humor me.

  6. Pagan is just a blanket term that I find easy to identify with.
    My religious beliefs really have absolutely no category. I can’t find myself fitting under any one blanket term that’s a subcategory of paganism. I’m not even fully convinced in my own beliefs, they are very fluid and continue to be shaped by my life experiences and my learning process as a human being.
    To define one’s faith concretely (and say, “Yes I am Wiccan, yes I am a LaVeyan Satanist, yes, I am a Druid,” etc.) you need to agree with all aspects of the faith. There is no current defined pagan faith that I completely agree with, my religious beliefs are kind of a composite of numerous religions and as I said, my beliefs are constantly in transformation and shaped by my experiences. Two years ago I had a very different stance on selfish, self-serving magick, for instance, than I do now.
    I have an altar in my house and two chests of supplies – stones, herbs, candles, and rare and curious magick supplies (graveyard dirt, genuine raw myrrh, Holy Water from a Catholic Church that, upon trying to purify my pentacle necklace in, turned a very freaky color, etc).
    There is no organized course of worship – there’s no day or time that I feel I need to perform rituals. There’s no real defined moral compass dictated by an outside source – it’s all mine to define and uphold. For instance, in April I did 2 rituals and cast 3 spells, but so far in May I haven’t done squat. I don’t believe in blindly rejecting black or dark magick because there are exceptions to every rule and while this very minute I might not find a good enough excuse for it, perhaps in my future I will.
    Pagan is generally understood in the cloak and candle, magick and ritual, paranormal and decentralized faith kind of way. It would take a nice hour-long conversation with someone to fully explain my faith, what caused it, how it is shaped every day and how I practice it in my daily life. Pagan wraps it up in a neat little box without really defining anything specific about it other than to clarify I don’t belong to any major organized faith.
    Wonderful question, +star.

  7. I call myself pagan because I really don’t define myself by a particular path. My ideas and beliefs are closer to some “paths” than others, but I really find I can’t stick myself into a particular category. So it means freedom for me as well :).

  8. When generalizing I may call myself Pagan. My path of Wicca and witchcraft fits under the “Pagan” umbrella. And also, since I was raised and taught much of my craft, and about the Earth and nature, on a small family farm – I fit into that “rural peasant” category too that MumOf4 pointed out.

  9. I try to avoid the term when discussing myself. I find it vague and unhelpful. I identify myself as a Wiccan. I do recognise Wicca as a neopagan religion and that neopagans commonly self-identiy as “Pagan.”

  10. The term just works for me. I’m a Happy Pagan Person. My darling Mother would like me to be the christian she tells me I still am but I keep gently telling her that when the Christians start acting like Jesus instead of Paul then I’ll call myself one again. She laughs and understands.
    It is indeed about Freedom, the freedom to call ourselves seperate from the mainstream. I figure if people would simply act kindly to those creatures and beings around them, all would probably be well. Blessings.

  11. Honestly, it’s not a term I use save reflexively (if someone says Pagan and means something that includes Wiccan I use it back at them.)
    I prefer to use Wiccan, and even then I prefer Uewwie.

  12. I refer to myself as Pagan because I don’t fall strictly into any of the religions which come under it’s umbrella. Wicca was the first of it’s branches I was drawn to {having been raised Anglican}, but my personal belief system makes me feel I am a Pagan Witch, rather than a Wiccan, as I relate to and use elements of several other paths, particularly those of old Celtic and Caledonian, and gypsy beliefs 🙂

  13. It could be many of the above you have mentioned. I know myself I have experimented and studied many of them also.
    That is the beauty of it, being open and wise. To me it defines respecting nature and the earth and honouring the four main seasons more so then the Wiccan day’s of worship. Not to say that those day’s do not play a role. That is just the way I view it.

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