Paganism is an alternative to the Abrahamic religions, namely Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. Yes, all of those religions espouse a tie to Father
Abraham, and they have been twisted over the ages to incorporate an incomprehensible system of beliefs. It shouldn't be that way.
Being a Druid, I've researched over the years, wallowing back in time, and I've seen how religion has morphed into the mess it is now.
I'm not here to correct the mess, I'm simply here to offer an alternative.
Paganism incorporates any belief system outside of the Abrahamic Tradition. Safe enough to say, you can be a Jew, a Christian, or a Muslim. Outside
of that, you are Pagan. (Yes, there are difficulties with this, I know, so I hope someone will address this later in the thread.)
Needless to say, Pagans have certain things they do to affirm their beliefs, most of which are hinged upon a solid grounding with Mother Earth. We
believe, and honor, the earth upon which we live. There's no need for heaven or hell, only respect for the world around us.
However, Druids study, and learn about the aforementioned link. Our ancestors created Runes to talk to us.
That is a handmade set, on my casting cloth.
Hopefully in this thread we can discuss the esoteric meanings. For now, I am only posting pics.
ATHAME and SCRYING MIRROR:
An Athame is a ritualistic dagger, used for many esoteric purposes. The Scrying Mirror will yield years and years worth of insight.
It's a broom. Mine is made from cinnamon sprigs. When I cleanse a room, it smells nice afterwards. Witches ride such things? Naw, that's a
Then I must get into the core of my beliefs. Every Wizard/Druid/Witch has a familiar. Usually they are crows or owls. That's a myth. A familiar is
like a spirit guide in the flesh, allowing you to focus energy. That energy is love. A familiar is a pet you take care of. You bond with it. That
I summoned my familiar, a pure white husky/shepherd/wolf mix. (Dunno about the wolf, it sounds cool, and yet, for 65 USD I can send for a kit that
includes a swab, and get his genetics tested, and find out exactly what percentage of what he is.)
Fact is, the night I did the ritual summons, I logged online to craigslist, and he was listed as a one year old husky, for free, a 45 minute drive,
and I went and picked him up. The pure white, with blue eyes, simply was a sign for me. I've had him with me for three years now, bred him, and have
his son as well. My familiar's name is Storm, and his son's name is Demon. Notice the harness, as I won't collar my dogs. They all have harnesses.
A collar is inhumane in my book. Harnesses let you guide, collars make you control.
I am not advocating anything here, just a personal preference. (Right-click and view image.)
The brand from '09.
Two minutes after.
Three weeks later.
I must stress that branding is NOT a part of being Pagan, that it's only a kinky preference I have. Every four years I renew my commitment to
Paganism through that method. Branding was a technique used in the olden days to identify slaves, usually on the back of the neck. I place a scar on
my right breast to denote my slavery to this system we have, yet it is a pentacle, open and free. Everytime I get a shower, I see my commitment in
Being Pagan is a path. It's not any one way. It's your OWN way. It's knowing, and sharing, and finding friends who are searching as well. It has
nothing to do with an Abrahamic Religion. To each, our own. Peace.
I'm leaving the rest of this thread open to your comments.....
edit on 10/31/11 by Druid42 because: added a sentence.