What Paganism Is and Is Not

Paganism encompasses Wicca, shamanism, druidry and many other beliefs. I am not going to give the specifics of any one particular belief, just the basics of all of them in hopes of clearing away some of the horrible misconceptions that many people have about those who follow these paths. If you are interested in a specific path, please visit the links section. It is divided up by category.

First of all pagans are not Satanists. However Satanism is not necessarily exactly what you think it is. If you would like to figure out what I am talking about see my link on Satanism. Anyway, most pagans do not even believe in the devil. We do not sacrifice animals or babies. Paganism is a life based, nature oriented path. Pagans celebrate life and nature. That automatically discards any notions of animal or human sacrifice.

Paganism is not about sex. It is about life and joy. Yes, sex is a part of that, but that does not mean that every time pagans get together there are orgies galore. I can honestly say I have never been to or even heard of a pagan orgy and I have followed this path for a good number of years. Some pagan paths do have fertility ceremonies, but the vast majority of these do not include any form of sex, but rather are a celebration of springtime and the fertility of nature. Those very few that do use sex as a form of ritual generally keep it between two consenting adults, more often than not married partners, and keep it behind closed doors.

Nor is paganism about homosexuality. Pagans tend to be more open to alternate life paths than some other belief systems, but that does not mean that all or even most pagans follow alternate life paths. Paganism is open to people from all walks of life.

Pagans do not hate Christianity. The majority of pagans believe that everyone is entitled to follow their own path and that includes Christian paths. All pagans ask is to not be discriminated against and to not be vilified for their beliefs. Some pagans do hold angst against Christianity due to religious discrimination that they have experienced, but even most of those are willing to live and let live. We do not try to convert. If this is the right path for a person they will figure it out on their own.

The majority of pagans do not use hexes or curses or magick that would affect others without their permission. Some paths do, most paths don't. All paths teach personal responsibility.

Most paths use some form of magick. It is generally up to the individual if they choose to include magick in their path. Magick is working with the powers that be to achieve some affect either on yourself or on the world around you. Prayer is a type of magick. So, for that matter, is wishing something to happen.

Pagans live, love, have families, have jobs, etc... They are people just like anyone else. They get colds, they have good luck and bad luck, good days and bad days. They just happen to follow a nature oriented belief system. One that teaches them to find joy in the world around them and in existence itself. If you would like more information please visit What is Wicca and Wicca FAQ at The Celtic Connection.

Thank you for keeping an open mind.