posted on May, 8 2010 @ 02:23 PM
I really feel like me and Paganism/Wicca are on the same lines when it comes to basic understanding and outlook on the world. I'm currently reading
my second book on the subject, this one focusing on "paths"
Now, as i understand it, pagans, wiccans and the like dont follow a standard set of rules, rather they have principles that act as guidelines. There
really is no beleif of sin and the devil (Aswell as hell) do not exist. Though i read something today that i didnt quite...adhere to. Maybe that will
become common as i read more?
I'd like to here your views on this certain extract of the book i'm currently reading.
"If you have decided you have pagan beliefs, what next? How do you actually become one? well, you do not become a pagan by reading books, talking to
other pagans on the internet, attending moots, conferences or rituals. They may help you in your quest but the acid test is if you live as a pagan. Do
you care for the enviroment in practical ways, such as recycling your rubbish and refusing to buy products that are bad for it? do you treat all
people equally regardless of gender, race, sexuality and religion? do you actually have regular contact with nature, splashing through muddy puddles
with the wind on your face in a wood or walking by the water? do you support pressure groups working to save wildlife, prisoners of conscience and the
enviroment? These are the sorts of actions that define you as a pagan far more then your reading list, social calender or the costly courses.
Incedently, because we beleive in living in the 'real world' and interacting with our general communities, it is better to be involved in general
campaining organisations such as greenpeace rather then stirring up 'pagans only' organisations for what should be univeral concerns."
No copywrite infringment intended.
Up until that point i was really connecting with the book. But that paragraph makes me feel ... Pressured. You know? Like "Cant be a pagan unless
your being active in greenpeace" I dont recycle, i dont boycott products because they are bad for the earth, i boycott products that are bad for
people (working conditions, health overall by vendor and consumer) Its not in my character to activly protest against powerstations. I observe
whatever part of nature i can. I acknowledge the seasons as they change, Wonder about the effect of full moons, dream about being away from the city
and out in the open. I'm all for natural remidies because i have faith in the earth.
But i have to ask other experienced pagans about this little paragraph. Do you agree that in order to be a pagan, this is what you must do? I mean, i
understand it connects with many of priniples of paganism and wicca, but surely, you dont have to actively persue them in order to be taken seriously
of your beliefs?
Thank you for taking the time to read, i hope you have give me a generious view of this.